When you count your blessings, where do you start? When considering your advantages, which stands out? Paul didn’t hesitate to name the Jews’ first advantage.
Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.
Romans 3.1-2 NET
Oracles refers to God’s revelations, his words, what God had said, be they commandments, prophecies, or promises./1
That Paul considers the Word of God the first advantage of the Jews sounds a trumpet blast exalting the divine revelation as the greatest opportunity of man to know the Lord. Without them, he is lost in space, left to speculate on the whys and wherefores of existence, and condemned to his own devices.
Being “entrusted” with God’s oracles implies a duty to believe and obey. With privileges and advantages come responsibilities.
The Christian’s first advantage is also the Word of God, the holy Scriptures, that open to him the riches of God’s presence and the eternal plan of his mind and heart.
How precious is your word to me, O Lord! I love your statutes, desire to hear your promises, discover your holiness in your commands, find salvation in the revealed Messiah.
Hold this thought: God’s word is the first gift, the starting point, the connector to Christ.
1/ Tradução ecumênica da Bíblia (São Paulo: Loyola, 1994): 2175.