Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Genesis 12:3 Revisited
17 January 2017: I had been having a significant problem of late with the concept espoused by many of 'remedial judgment' coming down from our God, who has always known the end from the beginning, as some sort of Divine spitball for this or that perceived injustice (cursing) against Israel according to the Genesis 12:3 formula.
It occurs to me that Genesis 12:3 has two parts, both a blessing and a cursing based upon how Abram would be treated by others because from His seed the whole Earth was to be blessed in the future (Jesus our Messiah) (Jacob's prophecy of Genesis 49:8-12).
Many in this pre-70th Week era use Genesis 12:3 in application only to Israel, yet they mindlessly forget that Ishmael was also the physical progeny of Abram. Are we subject to God's cursing for our cursing of Ishmael's progeny's prophetic assault upon the whole non-Islamic world?
I do not see where God distinguished in this covenant with Abram which of his descendants were worthy of blessing or cursing based upon how they they're treated in perpetuity to the end of time as we have known it. I see something else entirely. I see that God said to Abram, Genesis 12:7 (Geneva Bible): "Unto thy seed will I give this land."
Then I see that the Spirit-filled apostle Paul, in Galatians 3:16 (Geneva Bible), gave us the true meaning of Genesis 12:7: "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, and to the seeds, as of many: but, And to thy seed, as of one, which is Christ." I would encourage one and all to invest some time in studying Galatians 3 in-depth.
Beyond this we are commanded to love our enemies, despite the fact that virtually all of Abram's descendants through Ishmael are our, and Israel's, existential enemies.
And also even beyond that, Jesus said in John 5:22 (Geneva Bible), "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son..."
And then there's the blessing part of Genesis 12:3 which should be in equal portion to the cursing. What, given that so many people have been taught what I now consider to be an erroneous meaning of Genesis 12:3, will be said during the Trump Administration when Israel is extremely and greatly blessed like she hasn't been in over 25 years, and something like a Katrina or Andrew visit our fair shores, or the New Madrid Fault shakes our national core, or the San Andreas Fault creates oceanfront property near Barstow? How could America be cursed by God amidst such blessings upon Israel?
On a near daily basis of late I am seeing great fear, yes real fear, among our brethren bride of Christ here in the US and in Europe; they fear because they have been taught incorrectly the meaning of Genesis 12:3.
For my part I will no longer teach Genesis 12:3 as it had been taught to myself. I will teach that ALL nations receive judgment during the 70th Week, including Israel, as the angel Gabriel prophesied to Daniel (9:24); that God will send no "remedial judgment" on the bride of Christ for the sins of those whose names may not be written in the Book of Life, but rather that we are looking up for the Father to send His Son for our Harpazo.