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November 14, 2004

”I [God] will bless those who bless you [Abram], and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 12:3

When God blesses you, it is good. And when God curses you, it is not good. We would all do well to listen up when God talks about blessing and cursing!

There is no mystery here, no “rocket science”. God lays it out in very basic language. Simply put, those who bless the Jewish people will be blessed by God and those who curse or go against the Jewish people, God will curse them.

With this in mind, we would do well to support the nation Israel. And, we can credit at least some of the blessing that this great nation, the United States of America, enjoys, to God, in response to our friendship with Israel!

Negatively speaking, Hitler and his regime actively attacked the Jews. Sadly, they killed many. However, today there is nothing left standing of the Nazis. They are defeated, tried for their crimes and punished. Hitler committed suicide and is remembered as the monster he was. God’s hand rose up against him, an enemy of the Jewish people.

We can take comfort in this promise, then, given to Abram so many years ago. Even today, with the enemies of the Jewish people continuing to fight against them, we can be comforted knowing that God will not bless those enemies. Also, He will bless (and help) those who are friends to Israel. We can remind ourselves that we are not alone in our struggles in this world. God is intimately involved with our lives. And He always keeps His promises: He’s flawless!

God also promised Abram (who becomes Abraham) that all the families of the earth will be blessed in him. What was God talking about? How is this promise fulfilled in Abram’s life?

“And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’ So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” Gal. 3:8 & 9. Through Abraham, God’s blessing extends to the Gentile world.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us,…” Titus 3:5 No amount of good deeds will make us good perfect. Only God’s mercy to us, through His Son, Jesus, makes us prepared for eternity with God.

If you would like a relationship with God, simply accept Christ’s payment for your sins, on the cross. You could pray a simple prayer like this: God, please forgive my sin. Thank You for sending Christ to die in my place. I receive the forgiveness that Jesus paid for, on the cross, In Jesus name, Amen.

If you just prayed and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for your sin, I’d love to hear from you and give you some encouraging information. Or if you need prayer or have questions about God, I’d love to hear from you. God bless you, my friend.

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