What Is The Advantage Of The Jew?

Starting in Romans 1:18, Paul discusses the gentile and how they have no excuse and will be judged by the Torah.  In Romans 2:12 through near the end Paul is telling the Jew their physical election of being a Jew nor their physical circumcision is nothing without circumcision of the heart and they will be judged according to the Torah.  Next we find out who is a Jew, at least according to Paul.  Paul then goes into the benefit of the Jew.

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?  Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of G-d.  What if some were unfaithful?  Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of G-d?  May it never be! Rather, let G-d be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,

That You may be justified in Your words,
And prevail when You are judged.”     Romans 3:1-4

So being a Jew, being circumcised has an advantage.  Why?  They were given the oracles of G-d.  What are the oracles of G-d?  The Torah!  The Torah was given to the them.  Why is this an advantage?  Think about what was the topic of Romans 1:18 through the end of chapter 2.  The Torah and being held to the standards of Torah whether you knew the Torah or not.  Remember Romans 2:12 – For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.  So why the advantage?  The Jews have the Torah…they know what will be used to judge them.  Even if the Jew is unfaithful to the Torah it does not nullify the faithfulness of G-d to go through with what He said He would do.

Thus, Paul then quotes King David in Psalm 51:4.  Words and judgement both refer to the Torah.  G-d’s faifhfulness means that He will always act according to His Word, which here means Torah or commandments.  He will always do what He says He will do.  Why?  Because He is faithful.

Wow, may you be blessed by HaShem’s word and truth!

Until next time…kadosh, kadosh, kadosh is HaShem!

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