QUESTION: From reading your Newsletter I’ve gotten the impression that your staff considers Jews superior to Gentiles because the Jews are God’s chosen people.” I see the phrase “to the Jew first” quite a bit. I believe that God takes us all the same, and no one group is better in his sight than another. Or is this phrase used in the framework of God expecting a lot more from “his people” or “chosen people”?
ANSWER: We do not claim any special privilege as Jews that would make us superior in any way to the people of God who are Gentile by birth. The only “privilege” is the honor of being physically related to the people from whom God chose to bring forth the Messiah, the Savior of the world. That is no glory to us, but to him who ordained it.
You see, the Jews were chosen, not to be honored or glorified, but to be God’s servants. They had the Law, the prophets and knowledge of the one true God and were to be instrumental in bringing monotheism, and ultimately the Savior, to a pagan world. The phrase “to the Jew first” should serve to remind us all that “to whom much is given much is required.”
At Jews for Jesus we often use the phrase “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16) because we feel that it establishes biblical precedence for Jewish evangelism as a specialized field of endeavor. But as mentioned before, we do not consider Jews superior to Gentiles and neither does God’s Word. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (italics ours).