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I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
The Jews were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah, but they did not recognize Him when He came. They who declared themselves anxious to be just with God were rejecting the one way whereby mankind can be justified before God.
To Paul there was but one explanation of that tragedy. He expressed it in the words, “I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” He granted that their view was quite honest and quite sincere. The trouble with the Jews was not that they lacked sincerity, but rather that they trusted to it and, because of their reliance on it, neglected to consider the further light and knowledge that the gospel could give them on the very object that they desired. Again their difficulty was not that they lacked fervor, but that they trusted to it and argued that because they were zealous they were therefore of necessity right. “They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” Indeed, they rejected the knowledge the Gospel was offering them because of that very ardor. The conflict in their case was between zeal and knowledge, between sincerity and truth.
There can be no doubt at all but that these qualities—zeal and sincerity—are being exalted in our day precisely as they were by the Jews of old. Knowledge is being depreciated, almost despised. Clear, logical thinking and exact definitions are discounted. Doctrine and dogma are taboo and regarded as being almost the enemies of truth, and even good deeds are not given the prominence they had a few years ago.
A Thought to Ponder
These qualities—zeal and sincerity—are being exalted in our day precisely as they were by the Jews of old.
From Truth Unchanged, Unchanging, pp. 60-61.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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