The promise of blessing
Freda Lindsay, co-founder of Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX addressed the student body at the beginning of each semester. Her first question to the students was, “Who wants to be blessed?” Naturally, the entire auditorium raised their hands. Her next question was, “Who wants to be cursed?” No hands went up. She then quoted the Lord’s promise to Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you [the great nation God will make out of Abraham], and curse those who curse you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Israel is that nation of the promise. It has always been, it is now, and it will always remain so. Just as parents discipline their children when they misbehave, but the children remain their children forever, so the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob disciplined the children of Israel when they forsook Him. Nevertheless, Israel is still God’s firstborn, His chosen, and His promises to her—including that of Genesis 12:3 are forever.
The rest of the verse in Genesis 12 says, “… and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”