1 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. 2 I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. 3 For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. 4 For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given.[b] As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God.
Such a simple message: I want the best for you, but you keep going down the wrong path.
It makes me think of times when I continue down a road, even though I have directions for another route. Re-inventing the wheel comes to mind. What are the things that I am doing that God has already done? God already has a plan, God already has provided for me for today… why do I keep trying to do it better myself? See, the Jews (aka Isreal) were trying to keep to the law (but everyone falls short) in order to gain salvation – but they didn’t need to!!!