Romans 15:8–13 (ESV)
Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles
8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
10 And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
11 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
12 And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power
of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Today’s reading makes it clear that God’s grace and mercy is shown not only to Children of Israel, but also to the Gentiles. Today’s reading
builds it case on the Old Testament passages: 2 Sam. 22:50, Ps 18:49, Deut. 32:43, Ps 17:1, Isa 11:1. The deeper you dig into the Old Testament, the more that you see that the Gentiles would be included. The joy of knowing that we are not left
out, but included in God’s plan of Salvation should bring hope, joy, and peace to those who believe in Jesus.
I pray: O Lord, I believe in you, and repent of my ways. I am heartily sorry
and want to do better. I give thanks for everything you have done for me and for giving me hope, joy, and peace. Amen.