Bible Question:

Where in the Bible does it state that as a nation we had better back the Israeli nation or else we will be destroyed? I know this is true, but I need a particular section to make this woman at work understand what I am saying is true. I know this is talked about throughout the Bible, but I wanted to know if there was a way to narrow it down to a verse or book that she can read.

Bible Answer:

There are two important passages in the Bible where God promises to bless those who support Israel and to curse those who do not. The first one is found in Genesis 12:1-3. In this passage God gives Abraham three promises. He says,

Now the LORD said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 (NASB)

This is the introduction to the Abrahamic Covenant.

We should support Israel

God Promises Abraham Land

The first part of God’s promise to Abraham was land. Today the land is called Israel. This promise is repeated in Genesis 15:18-21 and 17:8. Exodus 23:28-31 describes the boundary of the land as extending from the Red Sea to the wilderness of the Euphrates River. A more detailed description of the Promised Land is given in Numbers 34:1-13.

God Promises To Make Abraham A Nation

The second part of the promise to Abraham was that he through his descendants would become a nation. This promise is repeated in Genesis 17:4. Israel became a great nation after they left Egypt. Today, they occupy only part of the land that God had promised to them. But some day God will give them all of the land that He promised (Daniel 2:35, 44-45; Zechariah 14:18-21). Christ will be ruling in this kingdom as the king of Israel.

God Promises To Bless and Protect

Third, God promised to protect the nation of Israel. God promised to bless those nations who bless Israel. But anyone who seeks to harm Israel will be cursed. This is the reason to support Israel. Any nation in the world who seeks to harm Israel will find God’s wrath upon it. God’s wrath will come when He chooses. For some it will not occur until the end of the world (Revelation 18:1-2,24; 20:11-15). Another important passage is found in Gen. 27:29. It has the same idea of Genesis 12:2-3.

Conclusion:

God also gave Abraham another promise in Genesis 17:2-7 and then explained it in Galatians 3:8, 16. This promise refers to Christ. That is, God promised that Jesus Christ would come through his descendants. Jesus Christ would be born for the purpose of dying so that our sins can be forgiven (Matthew 26:28; Luke 24:47).

The Bible teaches that God loves both Jews and Gentiles (John 3:16). But God does have a special love and plan for His chosen people. Our God is a God who seeks relationships. He is not a cold and sterile God. He wants us to love and to seek Him.

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