Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but (as if it were possible) by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
And so they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own house."
Now someone came up to him and said, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to gain eternal life?"
Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "Listen carefully: This child is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected.
Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life -- the food which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him."
Then he brought them outside and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"
For this reason it is by faith so that it may be by grace, with the result that the promise may be certain to all the descendants -- not only to those who are under the law, but also to those who have the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all
For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God's righteousness.
I ask then, they did not stumble into an irrevocable fall, did they? Absolutely not! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make Israel jealous.
but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.
If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son.