Bless them that bless you, Curse him that curse you
GENESIS 12 VERSE 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.
The Bible contains thousands of God’s promises. The above passage is just one of these promises. It is tied to a covenant that God made with Abraham. This is an often quoted promise and for good reason; it is unconditional. This promise still stands and will stand into eternity. Abraham is long dead but his descendants, the Israelites, remain till this day. Through Abraham’s descendants this promise remains in effect. Through other passages in the Bible we see how God deals with individuals and nations that attempt to destroy and hamper this promise. Here, we see that God is always faithful.
With this promise God declared that Abraham and his descendants will be blessed. The world has ignored this promise. If we survey the Bible (and history), we find, instead, many nations and individuals that have chosen to curse Israel. Nations such as Babylon, the Philistines and the Amorites, and individuals such as Haman all tried to curse God’s people; they were all destroyed. We also see that nations that blessed Israel were also blessed. Even Egypt, a nation that did enslave Israel, is remembered favorably by God (Isaiah 19). This may be because Egypt initially welcomed Jacob and his twelve sons and their families and provided them with land and provisions for many years. (Deuteronomy 23)
THERE IS MORE! Did you know that Christians are also considered children of Abraham? We have been grafted into the family of Abraham through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 11). This promise applies to Christians too! God certainly knew the extent of his promise when he made it but it is difficult to imagine that Abraham truly appreciated the scope of God’s promise.
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
There are quite a few lessons we can learn from this promise and we can’t cover them all here. Clearly, we should pray for peace in Jerusalem and bless Israel through our giving and through our prayers. We should also bless other Christians as well by doing the same. Watch and see how God fulfills this promise, we can see it in our world today. Beyond this, we should not be ashamed to ask God to remember his promise. Are we blessing God’s people through our lives? If so, we can pray to God and pray for remembrance of this promise. God is faithful.
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