Vs. 4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” Paul is addressing both the Jews & Gentiles of the Roman Church…for both found a history in God’s ultimate plan. Jews were chosen to be a light in the world, but many rejected that light…but that light was for the Gentile too! Paul also wanted to remind the Gentile Christians in Rome to remember to tithe and share offerings to the Jews in Jerusalem. Giving promotes our obligation, our love and the unity that comes forth with seeing other’s encouraged by our sacrifices.
Regarding application…Accepting Each Other. Vs. 7, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” What an appropriate reminder as we have our CTC Youth “Reality” Series on Racism. The Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians were still learning what it meant to accept one another. It’s like when an older brother and a younger brother get in a fight. The older one has had all the responsibility and pressure to live up to being a first child. The younger one simply had to look up to the older brother. Simple analogy, but one that should help give a little bit more insight with how God looks at us and how we should love and accept our fellow brothers and sisters.