Genesis 12:1-3 says the following:
- Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
- And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
- 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 words from verse 3, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee,” are often cited by Christian Zionists as a reference to the modern State of Israel. The end result of this interpretation is unwavering support for the modern State of Israel, and any criticism of Israel is condemned as anti-semitic.
Allow me to challenge you with the following observations.
1. These words were spoken to Abraham and not to Israel, for there was no nation of Israel when God said this to Abraham.
2. The words, “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” recorded in verse 3, applies to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation of the nations (Galatians 3:8).
3. If the men of God in the Old Testament, men like Moses, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, had believed that it was anti – Semitic to criticize Israel, they would have never been able to speak God’s word of rebuke to the nation of Israel.
4. God’s covenant with Israel was established with a curse, a curse which was to come upon them if they did not obey God’s voice and keep His ordinances, statues, and judgments.
Nehemiah 10:28-29 tells us the Jewish captives, upon returning from Babylon, bound themselves with a curse. Why? It is because they were dedicating themselves to God and to the covenant God made with their fathers through Moses.
The Law of Moses was accompanied with the curse of the law. This was Israel’s binding agreement with God and their right to live in the land of Promise was dependant on keeping this covenant. From the time of the exodus and onward, there is no language – anywhere in scripture – which gives Israel the liberty of live in the land of Promise without being under the requirements to keep the Law of Moses.
5. John the Baptist spoke God’s words and called the people of Israel to repentance. He exhorted them not to trust in their physical descendancy and warned them to flee from the coming wrath of God.
6. Jesus spoke God’s judgment against Jerusalem and the Temple for rejecting the prophets and for rejecting Him as the Messiah, the Son of God.
7. The apostles and the believers in Acts warned the people of Israel of the coming judgment of God on the nation of Israel, and exhorted them to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ.
The concept that we who are believers in Jesus Christ are called to “stand with Israel” in such a way that we turn a blind eye and deaf ear to their sins is contrary to the truth of scripture, and flies in the face of the entire narrative of the Bible.
We are called to judge righteously and stand for the truth. We are called to glorify Jesus Christ in whom all the promises made to Abraham have come to fruition.