Is Modern Israel of God or is it of man?
by Pastor Alan (A.B.) Robertson
CHAPTER 1:THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE!
In the Introduction, starting with Adam and Eve, we very briefly reviewed the history of mankind up and till the call of Abraham. The call of Abraham and the covenant God made with him
and his descendants is fundamental to the whole subject of "IS MODERN ISRAEL GOD'S IDEA OR MAN'S" and so we will begin by examining the main features of the "Covenant."
"Now the Lord had said to Abram: ’Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3.
The Covenant became a "blood covenant” some years later when Abraham had another encounter with the Lord. It was at that time that God revealed to Abraham certain details about the future of his family and confirmed the borders of the land that He was giving to him and his descendants.
"To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates.” Genesis 15:18.
The Covenant clearly involved the following points:
A) Possession of the land of Canaan.
B) God’s blessing on those who blessed Abraham and his descendants.
C) God’s curses upon those who cursed Abraham and his descendants.
D) Finally through Abraham and his descendants all the world would be blessed.
But before we can proceed we need once more to return to the beginning for it is here that the story of God’s dealing with His Creation begins.