Is Israel a blessing to the World?

Some (atheists) dislike Israel for the fact that they have a special blessing from God upon them (not because God likes them more but because it is part of His plan to bless the entire world).  As you can see in the following text, this person has no idea what God has in mind when He says that through the “seed” of Abraham, the entire world will be blessed.

(Genesis 28:13-14) “To thee will I give it, and to thy seed.”
God repeats the same (land/progeny) promise that he previously made to Abraham (13:15, 15:18, 17:8). Once again, the promise wasn’t kept. The descendents of Jacob (the Jews) are not particularly numerous, have seldom possessed much of the land in question, and the nations on earth haven’t been blessed by them. (source)

The promise of the land has been kept through the 4,000 years of history since the promise was made.

God does not mark time as we do because He is the Creator of time and stands outside of it. With God 1 day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. God promised the land to Abraham back in Genesis 12. He delivered about 600 years later when Joshua leads the people in the Promised Land. The Hebrews were also given another promise concerning the land. Since God is no Respecter of persons, God told them that if they did not obey Him and live differently than the pagans who occupied the land before, then the land would spew them (Israel) out as well. They took God very seriously at first yet with the passage of time the people began to trust in their position as God’s chosen people and though that they could get away with sin without being punished too severely. God gave them several chances to change their ways. He sent prophet after prophet but the Hebrews would not listen to them. God then had the 10 northern tribes conquered and sent off into captivity to get the southern tribes to take Him seriously. They still trusted in their position so then the Babylonians attacked and the southern tribes went into captivity as well. After 4 kings and 2 empire changes, the Hebrews were allowed to go home and rebuild Jerusalem. They possessed the land once again. At first, they were serious about being obedient to God. But again, with the passage of time, they began to place more emphasis on ritual than on obedience to God. As a result, in 70 A.D., the land spewed the Hebrews out once again. This time, their exile lasted much longer (almost 2,000 years). Many began to say that the promise of the land is not literal but just a figure of speech. Then, that all changed in 1948 when Israel received the land once again and have been occupying it up until now. God has kept His promise concerning the land. Some 4,000 years have passed since the promise and Israel still posses a good portion of the land that was promised to them (if they would have been obedient to God then they would have possessed all of it up until now).

The promise of the seed that would be a blessing to the entire world was fulfilled about 2,000 years after it was made, in the person of Jesus Christ.

If you check the genealogy of Jesus Christ you can trace it all the way back to Adam and Eve. Along the way, you get to Abraham. (see Matthew 1 and Luke 3) Jesus Christ is the promised “seed” to Abraham and through this seed the entire world has been blessed because He brought salvation to all mankind (Jews and Gentiles alike).

16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ. (Galatians 3)

Jesus offers humanity a list of wonderful things:

1) Abundant life here and now

2) Freedom from bondage to sin (the ability to say NO to temptation and sin)

3) Direction in life

4) Purpose in life

5) Meaning in life

6) Wisdom

7) The ability to build and maintain personal relationships with others

8) Peace (physically and spiritually)

9) Salvation (eternal life in the presence of God)

10) A personal relationship with our Creator

There are many other benefits but we can stop here. God has kept His promise to Israel and to the whole world. You can benefit from God’s faithfulness if you will trust Him and commit to doing as He says. He will cause you to be born again so that you can obey Him and have a personal relationship with Him. He has been faithful to Israel all of these years and you can believe that He will be faithful to you. All you have to do is trust Him and He will set the rest in motion.

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