The Apostle Paul continues to pray for and show his heart’s desire for the Jews salvation here in Romans chapter ten (vs. 1). He could clearly see that his people group was very religious. They were very busy trying to obtain their righteousness on their own without Christ. There were many Jews that even went beyond the call of duty to show their faithfulness to their religion; they had a zeal for God.
Paul also had a zeal for God so he understood what they were going through. He was extremely more zealous for ancestral traditions than his contemporaries and he even advanced in Judaism more than others. (Gal 1:14). In Philippians chapter three; Paul lists his pedigree of accomplishments which outranked many of his day.
…If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. …and may be found in Christ, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, Philippians 3:4-7,9
Paul had the best training of the day with a teacher of the Law by the name of Gamaliel and with this training it produced a ridiculous zeal or enthusiasm for God (Acts 22:3), but his energy was focused on himself and his works which he had performed and not on Christ. Well, not until Christ met Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-5).
For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:2-4
The Jews and even Paul (before he met Christ) had an enthusiasm for the things of God. From the outside, it may have looked like they were doing great things for God, but they did not have knowledge or possess full information about how one becomes righteous in God’s eyes.
Paul continues by saying that which is believed in the heart will overflow through the mouth.
…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Romans 10:9
God is continually reaching out to individuals. He is not looking for the energetic or zealous who think that it is all on them to perform; He is looking for those who simply believe in His Word and then allows God to do His works through them for His glory.
For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:11-13