The Jew, Paul tells them, did in fact possess tremendous advantage, chief among these being that to them were committed the oracles of God. By “the oracles of God,” of course, Paul means the holy scriptures. This, without question, was no small blessing. The rest of the world lived in darkness, without a single word of revelation from God, while to Israel had been given prophets, kings, and wise men, who had penned those books which were now the sacred depository of divine truth in the world. To them alone had been committed the writings of men who had written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, concerning the history of creation, the dealings of God with mankind, and particularly His chosen people throughout history. To them were committed the prophecies of the Messiah, and all the identifying marks by which He would be known when He came.
Even granting that Paul is correct in saying that the Jew is a sinner in need of the grace of God fully as much of the Gentile, no one should be able to question the fact that the Jews possessed a tremendous advantage in that they had the holy scriptures, which spoke of the Saviour to come, and revealed the way of salvation. The Old Testament scriptures themselves exulted in this advantage of the Jewish people, in passages such as Psalm 147:19, 20. The rest of the world was left in blindness and ignorance for thousands of years, under a veil of darkness which only in Paul’s day was beginning to be lifted.