“Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.”
Paul is finishing his diatribe on circumcision but not without leaving the Jewish reader a question in their mind of what the purpose of being a Jew was? After all, hadn’t the Apostle just lovingly torn apart their claim to being God’s elect and chosen people? He even teases them with the question of what advantage has the Jew? This question is important because it reveals God’s ability to see past the superficial obedience and hypocrisy that was embedded in rituals and a boastful attitude. But Paul doesn’t leave his Jewish readers hanging. Though God’s plan was to bring people from all nations into His Kingdom, He had a predestined plan to use Israel to bring about the fulfillment of the Law and the atonement of the sins of the world. This plan through Israel was given to them through the oracles entrusted to the Prophets. The greek word for oracles is “logion” which means a divine declaration; a statement originating from God. This is no small thing. God’s plan of redemption for the world has always been through Israel. Israel was given the Law and the prophets who foretold of the coming Messiah who would suffer for our sins Isaiah 53. They were entrusted with this great honor starting with Abraham whom God made a irrevocable promise to him concerning the blessings of being a father to a multitude of nations Genesis 17. These statements made by God to Abraham were the beginning of God’s plans to bring the Savior to the world. Therefore, the Jew has a great advantage! They have been entrusted with the deeper knowledge and relationship with God that all the other nations were void of. They had the living God dwell among them in the tabernacle and prophets who always pointed them back to God when they fell into sin and rebellion.