Spiritual Law of Blessing Israel and the Jews
Description: God’s promise to bless those who bless the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and curse those who curse them is still in effect. (Reading time: 2.6 minutes)]
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you” (Gen 12:1-3).
God made this promise to Abram — later to become Abraham — then led him to the land of Canaan and promised to give the land to him and his offspring forever. (Gen 12:7; 13:14-17) God later made separate covenants with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Ex 2:24; Lev 26:42) and stated repeatedly the land would belong to their descendants forever. (Gen 50:24; Ex 6:8; 32:13; Deut 1:8) Their descendants are the Jews, the land in question is Israel, and the promise God made to Abraham is still in effect — “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” Because God himself stated this, the statement has the same characteristics as any spiritual or natural law. It’s immutable or unchangeable. It’s inviolable, meaning those who attempt to violate it will experience serious harmful consequences. And it’s universal because it applies to every nation and people.
There are many today who believe God abandoned the Jews because they crucified Jesus, so all the promises he made to them are now meaningless. They ignore the fact that God declared he will not destroy the descendants of Jacob because he does not change (Mal 3:6), that he will make a new and eternal covenant with them (Jer 31:31; Ezek 37:26), that he will never reject them but will forgive their wickedness and sins. (Jer 31:34-37) The New Testament confirms God didn’t reject his people, the Israelites (Ro 11:1-2), but will take away their sins. (Ro 11:26-27; Heb 8:8-12) He made Israel his people forever, made an eternal covenant with them, and promised them the land forever. (Ps 111:9; 1 Chr 17:22; Isa 60:21)
God never reneges on a promise and has plans to bless Israel in these end times and throughout eternity. That means his promise to bless those who bless the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and curse those who curse them, still stands. We, as individuals, churches and nations would be wise to take God at his word. That doesn’t mean we must agree with everything every Jew or the nation of Israel does. However, it does mean we should acknowledge them as God’s chosen people and honor the promises he made to them, including their right to the land.
With this law and God’s commitment to Israel and the Jews in mind, we would be wise to find ways to bless them. For example, we could pray for Israel’s leadership and the peace of Jerusalem (Ps 122:6); encourage our elected leaders to support Israel; oppose anti-Semitism; make friends with Jews; support Jewish relief agencies; find other creative ways to bless them. If we fail to act when others oppose Israel and the Jews, we condone their actions.