“But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.”
King James Version (KJV)
10:21 An unbelieving and gainsaying people - Just opposite to those who believed with their hearts, and made confession with their mouths.
Ro 10:21 But to Israel he saith. Quoted from Isa 65:2. All day long I have stretched forth my hands. It presents the figure of a parent, with hands extended, appealing to a wayward child. That child was the Jewish nation. It was cast off because it "would" be cast off. It refused to listen to appeals. See Mt 23:37. The apostle is far from ascribing the rejection of Israel to a divine decree, but he assigns the cause to Israel itself. Just so the Savior says in the passage just referred to, "How often 'would I' have gathered, . . . but 'ye would not'". The divine wish was that Israel should be saved, but Israel stubbornly refused.