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|November, 2019 (5780)||Vol. 45 No. 11|
Blessed Be Israel
By Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo
Dr. Elias E. Hidalgo
"And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee" (Genesis 12:3).
Four Thousand Years
Four thousand years of history have proven over and over again that The Word of The LORD is true and faithful! What the Almighty God says He means, and He means what He says.
The descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (the Jewish people) are the people mentioned in Genesis 12:3 by which God brings blessings and/or cursings upon individuals, as well as nations, yes, even today.
The Pages of History
As we look into the pages of history, we can see with a clear understanding that those that have mistreated or persecuted the Jewish people will, in time, receive and reap the Biblical principle of cursing. On the other hand, those who have blessed and bestowed kindness upon the Jewish people have received the promise of blessings.
The LORD God began disclosing all of this in Genesis 12:3... "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee."
Cursing 'or' Blessing
This principle of cursing and promise of blessing was issued by the Almighty God for and about Abraham and his progeny.
Now, Abraham had an only child which was considered his seed... "For in Isaac shall thy seed be called" (Genesis 21:12). We also read in Genesis 22:18... "And in thy seed (Isaac) shall all the nations of the earth be blessed."
Please remember the principle of cursing and promise of blessing, that is, as an individual or a nation treats Abraham's seed, so shall The LORD God mete out blessing for blessing and cursing for cursing.
This same principle of cursing and promise of blessing was passed on from Abraham to his only son, Isaac, and to the next generation.
As we continue reading in Holy Writ we find that Isaac had a son, and the Almighty God once again reminds us of the same principle in Genesis 27:29... "Cursed be they that curse thee (Jacob), and blessed be they that bless thee."
Jacob, who is the Father of Israel (the Jewish people), had... "no strange god with him" (Deuteronomy 32:12).
Jacob's loyalty and love was directed continually to The God of his father Isaac, and his grand-father Abraham.
We are also told in Deuteronomy 32:10 that The Lord kept Jacob... "as the apple of His eye."
We also know through Biblical accounts and recorded history that the man Jacob had twelve sons known as the twelve tribes of Israel (Exodus 24:4).
Therefore, the principle of cursing and promise of blessing was further passed from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to the Nation of Israel (the Jewish people) 3,500 years ago... "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel" (Numbers 24:5).
Blessed is He
We also find the principle of cursing and the promise of blessing passed on to, and covering the entire Nation of Israel (the Jewish people) in Numbers 24:9... "Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee."
In Zechariah 2:8 we read... "for he that toucheth you (the Jewish people) toucheth the apple of His (The LORD God) eye."
Also, The LORD reminds us that He is... "jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy" (Zechariah 1:14).
Yeshua (Jesus) declares Himself echad (one) with God (see: John 10:30), as He also, designates the principle of cursing and promise of blessing towards the Nation of Israel (the Jewish people). Please see Matthew 25:35-40. By the way, the Jewish people of today are direct descendants of the Jewish nation mentioned in both The Old and The New Testaments!!!
To The Glory of God
To the Glory of God and because of His sustaining power, today we can acknowledge that God's ancient people today number approximately 17,000,000 Jewish people. Over 5,000,000 live in the Land of Israel, 6,000,000 in the United States of America, 600,000 in Russia, 1,000,000 in South America, 1,500,000 in Europe, and the remaining 3,000,000 are scattered throughout the rest of the nations.
Now, according to The Holy Bible, the principle of cursing and promise of blessing is still in effect today.
This is not a take it or leave it situation, but rather, God has spoken, and we must understand that the future of the nations, as well as for individuals in relationship to the principle of cursing and the promise of blessing, depends largely on our attitude and behaviour towards the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob which we know to be today's Jewish people that are scattered to the four corners of the world.
If an Individual
If an individual or a nation 'Today' curses the Jewish people by way of mistreatment or malignment, then be assured that according to the Word of God, in time, the principle of cursing will go into effect.
On the other hand, if an individual or nation 'Today' blesses the Jewish people by way of kindness and/or deeds of compassion, then stand assured that according to the Word of God the promise of blessing will be forthcoming from The One Who... "keepeth Israel," for neither does He... "slumber nor sleep" (Psalm 121).
Here are some suggestions that you may want to implement as an individual in blessing Israel (the Jewish people):
a) "Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee" (Psalm 122:6).
b) Provide Help Whenever Possible to a Jewish Person (Matthew 25:35-40). The people mentioned in these Scriptures are ... "These my brethren" (Those related to The LORD Jesus Christ according to the flesh).
c) Promote The Word Of God among... "The Lost Sheep of The House of Israel" (Matthew 10:6-7).
The Holy One of Israel
The LORD, the Holy One of Israel is the ultimate JUDGE regarding the response to the principle of cursing and the promise of blessing towards the Nation of Israel (the Jewish people).
How Odd of God
How odd of God to choose the Jewish people for Himself, but odder still are those who choose The Jewish God for themselves and Forget, FORGET and Forget to bless the seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob today.
May we love what He already has loved... "I have loved Jacob," the Jewish people (Malachi 1:2).
..."And I (God) will bless them (You) that bless thee (the Jewish people)."
IS AN ENGLISH WORD THAT MEANS