Let’s take a look at the promises God made to Abraham.
1) God would make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation.
Here God is promising that from Abraham’s wife’s Sarah’s womb, he would give birth to a people that would be a special nation unto Himself.
2) God would bless Abraham and Abraham himself would be a blessing.
God is promising that not only would he protect Abraham and make him prosperous in his lifetime but that through him and his descendants, he would bless all the people in the world. This has ultimately been realized through the birth of the messiah.
3) God would bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse him.
First, I need to stress that although the verse says God would subsequently bless and curse those who blessed and cursed Abraham as an individual, God is not just referring to Abraham but also to all of his descendants.
All one has to do is take a look back at history to see that this is true.
There is a direct correlation between the decline of a nation and how it has treated the Jewish people.
In closing this post, I would like to share this most piercing and incisive quote from the sermon titled The Two Judaisms given by the messianic Jewish preacher Art Katz. This is what he said concerning the Jewish people.
“They (the Jews), are a kind of barometer of the spiritual condition of the Gentile people. I have only to know how a Gentile believer regards the Jew to understand where he is spiritually. When you meet an anti-Semite, you know exactly where he is spiritually. He is a despiser and hater of God, no matter what religious vocabulary he employs. A man’s real regard for the Jewish people is the most sensitive indication of where he is in his relationship with God. And my experience in my eight years of walking with the Lord is this, those Gentiles who have the highest regard for the Jewish people are the most spiritual people.”
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“Also, if you belong to the Messiah, you are the seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.”-Galatians 3:29