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Monday, May 12, 2014

Genesis 12:3

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.

For further study - Genesis 12:1-9

The extended reading for the devotionals today is what the Bible calls the “Abrahamic Covenant”. This is an “unconditional covenant” that the Lord gave to the Jewish people through the “father” of the Jewish people, Abraham.

This is the first of four covenants that God gave to the Jewish people over the years, promises that God made to His “chosen people”, the Jews. Genesis 12 and 15 are the passages in God’s Word that explain God will make the family of Abraham, through Isaac and Jacob, the Jewish people, a nation.

Now remember, you can have a group of people wanting to be a nation. They may well have elected their leadership and even have a “constitution”, but that does not make them a “nation”, they must also have a “piece of real estate” in order to be a nation among the people of this world.

Please notice verse 7, the Lord appears unto Abraham and tells him that the Jewish people will indeed receive “real estate”. This act by God prompted Abraham to build an altar unto the Lord in thanksgiving for this gift. This is the “Abrahamic Covenant”, the promise of God to the Jews that they will be a “nation” among the other nations of the world.

The Lord expands on this “promised land” in Genesis 15, which is the re-statement of the “covenant”. In Deuteronomy 30, the “Land Covenant”, once again the Lord promises the “children of Israel” that their “forever nation” will have a piece of real estate. The land promised will actually be ten times the amount of land they have today in their little state.

The “Abrahamic Covenant” is key to the end of days scenario found in Bible prophecy and how the plan of God for the Jewish people will be played out in the future. This is an “un-conditional” covenant, one that God can not abrogate.

This covenant is the tangible evidence that the Lord has not finished with the Jews and that He has a great plan for Israel in the last days. The fact that the Lord has kept this promise to the Jews, and will keep it until it is fulfilled, is also evidence that the Lord will be true to His Word about salvation for everyone that comes to Him.

One final thought before we leave this passage and our daily devotional. Verse 3 sets up the Biblical principle, which says that those who bless the Jewish people, God will bless. Of course, the opposite is also true, those who “curse” the Jews, God will curse.

The Abrahamic Covenant is absolute evidence that the Lord is not finished with the Jewish people. He has a plan that will be carried out by the Lord and His “chosen people”. In fact, everything that is happening in our world today is evidence that God’s plan is about to get underway.

The Abrahamic Covenant must, and will be fulfilled, seemingly in the very near future. However, before that happens the Rapture will happen. The Rapture could happen at any moment, even today. Keep looking up.

PRAYER THOT: Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to keep all of your promises, as evidenced by the fact you have and will keep the promises found in the Abrahamic Covenant. This assures me that your promise of eternal life for us as Christians will also be fulfilled.