In your seed. . .

Israel is the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This not only applies to those who have the genetic trace, but to all who have entered into that identity whether by intermarriage, proselytization, or other means. Isn’t it worthy of note how God identified Himself at the burning bush? “I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” He didn’t identify Himself with Abraham Lincoln, Ishmael, or Mahatma Gandhi. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are the fathers of Israel, a people who are with us to this day. That counts for something.

Does it mean that the rest of the world is washed out? It was through Israel that the promise of hope was given and established. “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

6 thoughts on “In your seed. . .”

  1. Louis,
    I am very much concerned by the recently ratcheting up of Anti-Semitism in this country and around the world. I wonder if the present administration has given a type of “approval” where it may seem more acceptable to speak and act against Israel/Jews. This Anti-Semitism is very dangerous.
    For years it has not been “politically correct” to be openly anti-Semitic. It has always been present but somewhat hidden. It seems the past 2 years has seen a rise especially in this country. This does not bode well for the physical nation of Israel, those physical descendants of Abraham, and this country.
    I will be honest. I do not know if the promise/warning in Gen 12:3 applies to the physical nation of Israel. (I do not :think” so.) It may apply to the physical descendants of Abraham, but I am not sure. I do believe it applies in some way to the spiritual descendants of Abraham (Christians).

    Jay Graham

    Rom 4:16 — Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all …

  2. Jay,
    I am not sure about the blessing / cursing in Gen. 12, if it still is applicable to Israel. It may yet apply inasmuch “they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.” This would seem to hold the portents of God’s wrath for those who seek to destroy them.

    The fact they are gathered as a nation with territory is an advantage to all Jews everywhere. “. . so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him. . ” Acts 17:7

  3. I agree with you that the Bible’s message is one of a beloved Israel all the way to end. I think it is the same as a prodigal son whom the father continues to love even when away – loves him so much he gets up and runs out to greet him upon returning. Quite a contrast to the attitude some religious folk have today toward the Jew. Of course the Jew cannot be saved in unbelief, but God is not willing that they perish. Who better to relate to the natural branches than the wild ones? We sure know what it feels like to be surrounded.

    1. Thanks Tom!

      Psalm 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
      31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

  4. Dear Louis,
    The site looks really nice. Very navigable as well. I look forward to these discussions.
    I appreciate what brothers Tom and Jay have contributed. I will not add much just now except to say that it is right and good what you have said about getting carried away on this one. Surely God has a special purpose for the Physical nation of Isreal. That purpose impacts the state of the Spiritual nation. How all of this has worked, is working, and will be working, as far as the future is concerned, is beyond our grasp. Glimpse we may in part perhaps but that is all.
    The Apostle Paul’s theme of concern for his physical brethren which we see in Romans chapters 9 – 11 especially, clearly indicate hope, but not so as to support the idea of an entire nation’s converting. When have we ever seen that? Even when Israel was “Faithful” not all members were. In the same way by Spiritual defintion again from Paul’s discussion in Romans, today, not all of “Isreal” (phys.) are “Isreal” (spiritual).
    I hope to see many in the eternal kingdom who used to speak Hebrew here on earth as their native tongue. On the same token, I hope to see many there also who used to be Native Arabic speakers. Perhaps it is because of these other physical descendants of Abraham, that the original covanant people must remain? The Arabs (“Kings of the East”), are in the picture also until the end according to John’s Revelation. As their numbers increase around the world, I wonder what divine purpose is being worked out? Because of this, it is increasingly on my heart to seek means of communicating the love of Christ to these people We who are in the kingdom now, must seek every opportunity to reason with both “sides” so that we may win them to Christ.

    1. Good thoughts Steve. I don’t mean to diminish the importance of the gospel to any nation. However, I do think there’s a heads-up when Paul wrote: “Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.” (Rom.11:12-13) So for this reason, I aim to keep the focus of this site on Israel.

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