Q: Why is it that in the context of Romans 2:9-10 — to the Jew first — both good and bad things are included?

A: As to why both good and bad come to the Jew first, it is because Israel is in a covenant relationship with God. And it is the only nation which is a covenant nation. Hence, when God gives forth blessings, they go to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Likewise, when God gives forth curses, these also go to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Fruchtenbaum's book, Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology thoroughly examines this issue.