to be blessed

God said to Abram; “. . . And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” This was at the time of Abraham’s departure from Ur of the Chaldees.  (Gen.12:2-3) The essence of this promise was repeated to Isaac and Jacob. (Gen.26:4 / 28:14) The heart of these promises is the hope of blessing for all nations.

The blessing is “. . . turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3:26) This is better than health, wealth, power, or a long life. The Messiah came to redeem man from sin which began with Adam so long ago. . . man driven from the tree of life.

God preserved this truth through Israel. He founded this redemption through that ancient nation.

2 thoughts on “to be blessed”

  1. That is an excellent point. I am much inclined to accept that is the blessing God promised to Abraham and his descendants. If we seek after the Faith of Abraham and the faithful Israel of the Old Testament we will certainly receive the blessing of repentance and salvation. Those Gentiles at Antioch (Acts 14:42) begged to hear the gospel preached by Paul and Barnabas (both of the physical line of Abraham). Likewise the Jewish believers in Jerusalem glorified the Lord because the gospel was being extended to the Gentiles (Acts 11:18) through those Jewish Christians. That fits much more easily than the modern Evangelical idea that God will somehow physically bless nations who are on the political Israel’s side.

    Eph 1:3-6 — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

  2. Supporting Israel for the sake of our material prosperity is a covetous thing. However, I believe it to be a righteous thing to be thankful and to pray for Israel’s sustenance. There well may be a spiritual benefit for those nations who support Israel out of a desire to do good.

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