The Jews' Advantage
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?, Romans 3:1.
It didn't take the Apostle Paul long to answer his own question. Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God, Romans 3:2. We learn a lot about the Apostle Paul's opinion of the Jews in his letter to the Romans. For one thing, he deems them to be enemies of the Gospel, but beloved of God. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes, Romans 11:28.
When the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob looks down from heaven today and sees a Jew, he sees a person who traces his spiritual and sometimes physical lineage back to those men of old. We are assured that for this sake he loves them.
You probably noticed that when I described those who God looked upon, I said "spiritual and sometimes physical". That is because the Jewish people of today encompass every racial type and skin color. Two of the original tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh were half Hamite and half of Abraham's seed. Egypt was the land of Ham, (Psalms 105:23). Joseph took the priest's daughter to wife. There were strains of Ham in the tribe of Judah from Rahab the harlot who figures into the lineage of Jesus Christ.
The introduction of other nationalities into the genetic structure of Israel over the millennia has gone on unabated. It has become a rallying cry among a new breed of anti-Semites now prevalent in some King James Church circles. It comes from the mistaken notion that when other racial or national types intermix with Jews or are absorbed in among them that they are not true Jews. How wrong they are!
Perhaps if a person was reliant on other versions of the bible they would have an excuse for their error. The King James Bible says; And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them, Esther 8:17. The Holy Ghost says that they became Jews. The ESV in tune with today's anti-Semites says; And in every province and in every city, wherever the king's command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.
If you listen to this new breed of bible rejecting anti-Semites who often wave King James Bibles, they have adopted the wording of the ESV in their thoughts. The Holy Ghost said that these people are Jews, the ESV and these errant Gentiles say they feign it.
So now, the world has these Jews who reflect just about every national and racial mixture known to man, and the Apostle Paul says that they enemies of the Gospel, but beloved of God. What is their advantage? They have the sacred scriptures. A Jew who professes reverence for the Torah believes every single word in it as it is written. He reverently will not change one word, one letter or one vowel marking.
The book he carries has been handed down in a meticulous set of procedures that have made error of any kind unthinkable. God has entrusted the Jews with preservation of that Hebrew Bible and the Apostle Paul wants you to know that it is a great advantage to them. One of the purposes of this blog has been to make King James Bible believers aware that various publishers of the King James Bible have taken liberties over the last two centuries and made small changes to the jots and tittles as well as traditional spellings and even word changes. We need the same reverence for the actual book that we carry as a Jew has for his.