What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way!
First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?
Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar.
As it is written:
So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.
But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? Romans 3:1-6
Jews aren’t really better, necessarily,… they just occupy a very special place and role in God’s redemptive plan to save all mankind. In the same way, Christians (or believers in Jesus Christ) are not better than unbelievers, qualitatively, but we are “better off”, undisputedly! We have the hope of heaven, the abiding presence of God’s Spirit in our lives, and the blessings that come with a life led, guided and protected by the God of the universe. It is a great privilege of God’s chosen people to have been entrusted with the scriptures, prophets, and covenants with God. The Jewish (descendants of Judah), have this unique historical position and relationship with the living and true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. At times they have been faithful and other times quite unfaithful. But, God remains faithful! As a Gentile believer, I now have entered into the new covenant which is a love relationship based on the shed blood of Christ as an atoning sacrifice for me.
What has God entrusted to me? Have I been passionate and effective in sharing His ways, His Word, and His will with everyone I know?
God, the thoughts in my mind today are all around this idea of privilege, advantage, favor, entrusted, and faithful. Your redemptive plan is amazing. That I am included remains a great mystery and source of joy to me. I don’t feel worthy of Your love, yet there it is, plain and simple, powerfully displayed on the cross. And now, the fellowship I experience with You and other believers is a source of great joy and satisfaction. To borrow the words from Martin Smith and the band Delirious’ – The Happy Song:
My heart is bursting Lord
To tell of all You’ve done
Of how You changed my life
And wiped away the past
I wanna shout it out
From every rooftop sing
For now I know that God
Is for me not against me