Where do the Parenthesis go?

By jreighley - Last updated: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that many Christians blindly support the secular state of Israel, and that this position ignores quite a bit of scripture.

The obvious retort is to go to Genesis 12:3 and point out that God’s Promise says “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse”

My response is “who is you?” The answer is Abraham. Much of the controversy between Jesus and the Pharisee’s dealt with Jesus linking back to the promises made to Abraham. The Pharisees loved the promises to Moses, but they where a little less keen on the promises to Abraham. All of the promises made to Abraham also applied to the nation of Israel, as they where a subset of Abraham’s offspring.. But in the very same verse Gen 12:3 the promise continues “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” God’s promise to Abraham was for Israel, but it was also for all of the peoples of the earth.

All of the people of the earth are blessed through Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate owner of the promise “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” This isn’t “replacement theology” as some would like to demonize it. God’s promises to Moses where generally conditional. God’s promises to Abraham where not. On a corporate level, the nation of Israel failed to keep it’s side of the Mosaic covenant, and as such, God’s promises are coming true for them. More on the curse side than the blessing side, unfortunately for them.

Thankfully however, the Abraham covenant was on a personal level, not a corporate level. Everyone who by faith submits to the rightful king is a inheritor of the promises to Abraham. (Romans 4) So there is neither Jew nor Greek in the kingdom of God. It is open to all who profess faith.

The book of Romans chapters 9-11 does indicate that the nation of Israel will come back to faith in the end. I don’t think we are there yet.

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