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|November, 2015 (5776)||Vol. 41 No. 11|
A BLESSING AND A CURSE
DR. AND MRS. ELIAS E. HIDALGO
WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW THAT THE WORD BLESSING APPEARS 67 TIMES IN THE HOLY BIBLE, AND THE WORD CURSE APPEARS 101 TIMES IN BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW TESTAMENT!
A BLESSING AND A CURSE HAS TO DO WITH PRINCIPLES OF OBEDIENCE FOUND IN GENESIS 12: 3,
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.
THERE ARE THREE MAJOR ISSUES THAT REVOLVE AROUND THIS PRECIOUS VERSE IN THE TORAH (THE LAW) OF GOD. FIRST AND FOREMOST WE MUST REALIZE THAT IT IS THE ALMIGHTY GOD THAT MAKES THESE THREE PRONOUNCEMENTS AND THEY DEAL PRIMARILY WITH FATHER ABRAHAM WHO IS THE PROGENITOR OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL (THE JEWISH PEOPLE).
THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS THAT WILL BLESS ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISRAEL)
ALSO, THERE INDIVIDUALS AND NATIONS THAT WILL CURSE ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISRAEL) AND LASTLY, IN ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISRAEL) SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED
THE LORD HAS EXTENDED THIS GREAT BLESSED OPPORTUNITY TO EACH INDIVIDUAL AND NATION TO BE BLESSED; THUS, AS WE IN TURN THROUGH OUR WORDS AND DEEDS DEAL IN KINDNESS TOWARDS HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE (THE JEWS). THE BENEFITS AND REWARDS ARE FREELY GIVEN TO US AS WE IN OBEDIENCE PUT INTO PRACTICE THIS GOD GIVEN PRINCIPAL TO BLESS ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED (ISAAC, JACOB AND THEIR DESCENDANTS).
AS A MODERN DAY EXAMPLE, THE BLESSINGS THAT WE EXPERIENCE TODAY IN OUR OWN COUNTRY (THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) IS A DIRECT RESULT OF TWO THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, AS OUR FLEDGLING NATION WAS BEING FOUNDED, MANY OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS EXERCISED THE BIBLICAL ADMONITION TO BLESS ISRAEL (THE JEWISH PEOPLE), PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON, BEING ONE OF THE FIRST. IN THOSE YEARS LONG AGO HE SPOKE KINDLY TO INDIVIDUAL JEWS LIVING IN HIS DAY. THEREFORE, WE AS A NATION HAD A GOOD BIBLICAL BEGINNING IN REFERENCETO OUR TEXT IN GENESIS 12: 3. DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, WE WERE BLESSED THROUGH THE LORD IN USING A JEWISH MAN BY THE NAME OF CHAIM SOLOMON WHO ALMOST SINGLEHANDED FINANCED THE WAR AGAINST BRITAIN.
SINCE THEN, THE MODERN DAY FORMATION OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL (1948), OUR NATIONS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE JEWISH PEOPLE HAS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE SUPPORTIVE. THIS BEING JUST ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES IN OUR HISTORY OF A PEOPLE THAT HAS AND IS BEING BLESSED BECAUSE OF OUR OBEDIENCE TO THE BIBLICAL INJUNCTION FOUND IN OUR BLESSED TEXT.
SECONDLY, YOU AND I AS INDIVIDUALS CAN ALSO RECEIVE OF THE LORD HIMSELF A BLESSING FOR A BLESSING, AS WE CONTINUE BLESSING THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB IN WORD AND IN DEED.
IT SURE IS EASY AND NICE TO SPEAK ABOUT BLESSINGS, BUT, IF WE ARE GOING TO TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD WE MUST ALSO MENTION THE CURSE IN RESPECT TO INDIVIDUALS AND OR NATIONS TAKING A CURSED ATTITUDE AND WAY OF LIFE AGAINST ISRAEL (THE JEWISH PEOPLE).
WE HAVE SO MANY EXAMPLES THROUGHOUT HISTORY THAT HAVE TAKEN THE WRONG ROAD, AND THAT ROAD IS CALLED, ANTI-SEMITISM (HATRED AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND NATION OF ISRAEL).
LET US LOOK AT SEVERAL OF THESE:
IN HISTORY WE ARE TOLD ABOUT SEVERAL NATIONS THAT HAVE HATED THE JEWISH PEOPLE, THOUGH THEY WERE MIGHTY AND POWERFUL ACCORDING TO WORLD STANDARDS, SUCH AS EGYPT, PERSIA, ROME, ALL TREMENDOUS POWERS OF THE WORLD THAT CAME TO NOUGHT, ALL BECAUSE OF THEIR ANTI-SEMITISM AGAINST A PEOPLE THAT GOD CALLS, HOLY, CHOSEN AND SPECIAL IN THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY.
NOT TOO MANY YEARS AGO, SEVERAL NATIONS THAT HAD ADOPTED CRUEL, MERCILESS AND MURDEROUS ATTITUDES AGAINST THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHERE ARE THEY? WHO WERE THEY? JUST TO NAME A FEW, SPAIN, RUSSIA, GERMANY AND BRITAIN.
JUST THINK, THESE GREAT POWERS WERE AND HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO ALMOST NOTHINGNESS AND ALL BECAUSE THEY TOOK A STAND IN CURSING ISRAEL, THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. THE LORD GOD IS TRUE TO HIS WORD!
THESE POWERS THAT BE, ALONG WITH OTHERS AND ESPECIALLY INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN CURSED OF GOD. THEREFORE, AS WE REMEMBER THE WORDS OF GENESIS 12: 3, AND CURSE HIM THAT CURSETH THEE, TRULY WE CAN BE A WITNESS OF GODS HOLY WORD BEING FAITHFUL AND TRUE.
YOU WOULD THINK THAT NATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WOULD LEARN FROM PAST EXPERIENCES NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME PRACTICE OF CURSING ISRAEL THAT ALWAYS BRINGS WITH IT (IN TIME) DEVASTATION IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER.
ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BEING BLESSED
NOW HOW EXACTLY CAN ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED?
WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ASKED SUCH AN IMPORTANT QUESTION.
FIRST OF ALL, LET US REMEMBER ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES THAT ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED DID NOT ASK THE LORD GOD TO BE HIS CHOSEN HOLY AND SPECIAL PEOPLE, BUT RATHER IT WAS GOD HIMSELF WHO CHOSE THEM AND SAID ACCORDING TO HIS WORD FOUND IN DEUTERONOMY 7: 6-10,
7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
7:10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
SECONDLY, THE ALMIGHTY GOD PURPOSED TO BRING FORTH FROM THIS PEOPLE, CALLED THE JEWISH PEOPLE; FROM WHOM WOULD COME AND BRING THE BLESSING UPON THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH IN THE PERSON OF THE MESSIAH OF ISRAEL, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, BORN IN AND THROUGH THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. THE MESSIAH, THE ANOINTED ONE THE CHRIST, AS HE CAME THROUGH THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, THE FOURTH BORN SON FROM JACOBS LOINS.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons
THE GOD-SON WHOM WE KNOW TO BE, JESUS OF NAZARETH, WOULD INDEED COME TO THIS WORLD TO BLESS ALL FAMILIES, IF ONLY THEY WOULD RECEIVE HIM AS LORD AND SAVIOUR OF THEIR LIVES.
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
1:2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
IN CONCLUSION, WE SEE THAT THE BLESSING FOR BLESSING IS THERE, AS IS THE CURSING FOR CURSING, AS IT IS ALSO A PART OF GODS DEALINGS WITH MANKIND IN REFERENCE TO THEIR TREATMENT OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. TODAY, AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST, IN RESPECT TO THE LAND AND THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM (SEE: PSALM 122: 6), THE BLESSING AND CURSING ALSO APPLY.
AND AS AN ADDED BONUS FROM GENESIS 12: 3, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD HAS THE AVAILIBILITY OF BEING BLESSED BY AND THROUGH THE BLESSED ONE, YSHUA HA-MASSHIACH ADONAI (THE LORD JESUS CHRIST).
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
SHALOM ALECHEM (PEACE UNTO YOU)
IN THE PRECIOUS NAME OF YSHUA OUR LORD
IS AN ENGLISH WORD THAT MEANS
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