Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
God gave the Israelites the Law through Moses. By the time Jesus arrived in human history there were 365 religious laws to be kept. Instead of submitting to the purity of the Law God gave them, they established their own system of religiosity, and obtained SELF-righteousness instead of the righteousness of God. The Jews were so busy keeping their religious laws, they failed to see the One Who had come to fulfill the law and set them free to live a life of love, grace and mercy.