The Divine Covenant with Abraham
Abraham himself was born a Gentile – there were no Hebrews, Jews or Arabs at that time.
God selected Abraham to start a nation who would represent Him to the world and who would act as an example of the Creator’s Requirements. God elected him because he was intent on worshipping God according to His conditions. Through Abraham and his descendants, God would reveal to the world the Blessings which may be incurred for siding with God on His Terms and Conditions, and the dire consequences of rebelling against or discarding His Conditions. The pattern for this relationship between the created and its Maker, man versus God, is likened throughout the Scriptures as that of a Marriage, a family household, a national statehood.
God promised Abraham a land, a family, and a name (reputation). Abraham became the father of the Israelite people and nation. Through him and his heirs, all the nations of the world would be blessed.
Genesis 12:1-3. YHVH said to Abram: “Leave your country, your family , and your fathers house, for the land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name so famous that it will be used as a blessing. I will bless those who bless you; I will curse those who slight you. All the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by you”
Genesis 22:16-18 “The Angel of YHVH called Abraham a second time from Heaven, ‘I swear by Myself – it is YHVH Who speaks … I will make your descendants as many as the stars of Heaven and the grains of sand on the sea shore … all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.”
We have here a Divine Promise of universal Blessing to all nations through “a great nation”descending from Abraham. That puts the spotlight on the Arabs and the Israelites (Jews) as Abraham’s descendants. And it is between the very same two nations, that at this very time, the struggle for control of Jerusalem, God’s “City of Peace and Promise”, is intensifying.
This ‘family feud’ dates right back to Abraham’s immediate descendants – his sons Isaac and Ishmael, and Isaac’s 2 sons, Jacob and Esau, from whom descended the Israelites and the Arabs, respectively. They were born as twins in answer to Isaac’s prayer to God to allow his barren wife, Rivkah (‘Rebeccah), to have children. Scripture confirms that even before birth, they were fighting in her womb (Gen. 25:22) to her great despair, to which God responded:
Gen. 25:23 “There are two nations in your womb. Your issue will be two rival peoples.”
Can anyone doubt that the Bible is exact – thousands of years in advance? Will the rest of Prophetic Scripture then not also be fulfilled exactly?
In the days of Isaac, Jacob and Esau, the Scriptures gradually turned the spotlight on the descendants of Jacob (Israel), as the Divinely Chosen Channel – that ‘nation’ – which would fulfill the Divine Promises of universal Blessing to all nations in the descendent line of Abraham. The Divine Promise is therefore repeated, by YHVH Himself, to Isaac in:
Gen. 26:46 “I will bless you and make your descendants many in number on account of My servant Abraham.”
And to Jacob, in:
Gen. 28:13 “I am YHVH the God of Abraham … and the God of Isaac. I will give to you and your descendants the Land on which you are lying (Israel or Palestine as the world prefers to call it). Your descendants will be like the specs of dust on the ground. You shall spread to the West and the East, to the North and the South, and all the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by you and your descendants … I will keep you safe wherever you go, and bring you back to this Land, for I will not desert you before I have done all that I have promised you.”
From Jacob descended the 12 Tribes of Israel – two of which are still identified today, that is, mainly, the Jews (Judah) and Benjamin. The rest have become known as “The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel’ (presumably dispersed with time into the Western nations). Bible Prophecy claims that these 10 Tribes will be identified and re-united with Judah – a Process currently in the making (Much information on this topic is available on Internet). Refer also to BIBLE REVELATIONS’ Web Page which follows this amazing and exciting trend, by clicking here: Joining together the 2 Houses of Israel . Comprehensive scripturally based information is also obtainable from: The Great Return – a Prophetic Bible Revelation in process!
The Bible is therefore emphatic, that the Divine Promise to Abraham, of “Blessing to all nations”, will be fulfilled through the nation of Israel.