Israel

“Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen 12:1-3)

At the very bare minimum, to “bless” someone means to seek their good. It doesn’t mean you approve of their faults or ignore them. It doesn’t mean you think they are perfect.

Jesus said to bless those who curse you and do not curse them. It doesn’t mean you are siding with your enemy because you bless your enemy.

So, as God hasn’t changed, if you bless natural Israel, you’ll be blessed. And God has promised to destroy every nation that comes against her.

So, to bless Israel doesn’t mean you support everything Israel does, and it certainly doesn’t mean you curse the Arabs.

It doesn’t mean you “take sides with Israel” or say you are on “their side”.

It means, when the world hates them because they are God’s chosen people, and denies their right to their God given homeland, you don’t side with their enemies.

Most of Israel is still living in darkness, but still God commands us to bless them.

Even in Old Testament times, when Israel backslid and came under God’s judgment, the Abrahamic blessing was still in effect – it has never been rescinded.

Biblically and historically, “nationhood” was defined as a specific ethnic group united by a shared language and religion. It was tribal by nature.

In this sense, you would say the Biblical nation of Israel has never ceased to be.

If, and only if, the present day enemies of Israel are able to defeat them, we wouldn’t rejoice, but we would accept God’s sovereign hand is at work.

No one rejoiced to see the Holocaust, except the totally morally reprobate, and yet God allowed it to happen.

Would you have “sided” with Israel or the Nazis?

You would have blessed Israel anyway, even if they were under God’s judgment.

At the bare minimum, you wouldn’t call the Holocaust a mere coincidence, a happenstance – something that just happened which has no spiritual meaning.

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