Genesis 12:3
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3  I will bless those who bless you And curse him that curses you; And all the families of the earth Shall bless themselves by you.”

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ג  וַאֲבָרֲכָה מְבָרְכֶיךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה׃

 12:3   I will bless those who bless you and curse him that curses you

Avraham is commanded to travel to a land unknown to him. To assuage his fears that he would not find friends or supporters in his new home, Hashem promises that He will remain on Avraham’s side by blessing those who bless him and cursing those who curse him. He concludes with the promise that Avraham and his descendants will become a source of blessing to the entire world. This promise has remained in effect through the generations. History has shown that whenever a nation persecutes the Jewish people, curses ultimately befall it. However, wherever the Children of Israel have been welcomed, they have made immeasurable contributions to society, thus earning divine favor for their host nation. On an individual level as well, many non-Jews look to this verse as an important reason to stand with the People of Israel and the Land of Israel.

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  • God promise of blessing for Iseral is indeed a two fold blessing one for his children in Iseral and other for all the followers and people who get connected to the promises that god promised to AbrahamIndeed Elohim is a god whose thought for us is far superior to all others renjit

  • There cannot exist a more afflicted race of human kind then the Jewish people! Joseph's coat of " many colors" was actually a "long sleeved" coat. Labourers wore short sleeved coat's in order to work unhindered by the coat. In giving Joseph this coat Jacob separated Joseph from labourers thus causing the hatred of the brothers. God's Covenant came with the Israelites spending over 400 year's of slavery, and Joseph representing a type of Saviour, eventually allowing him to name his second son Ephraim (fruitful). Jacob take's Joseph's son's as his own, making them "tribe's" of Israel, which makes then 14 tribe's, but 12 is always listed, Levi receives NO inheritance, 12 being the number of human governments, 12 tribe's, 12 disciples/apostles. The entire " wilderness experience " is an example of what we should learn from in NOT hardening our hearts toward God. That we can truly know that ALL of God's Promise's come to pass, there will be a " testing" a wilderness experience in our lives, but learning God's Word, using the example given, we can have a perfect ( complete) heart towards OUR CREATOR!

  • We should take note that right before this Nimrod, who Spiritually rep's Satan, in the building of the Tower of Babel(confusion) 1. Shows man had kiln technology ( the baking of brick's) 2. The Tower is really an Observatory, introducing star worship. At Haren's death God calls Abram out because of the MANY false religions. Doing the math, Terah is still living when Abram leaves at age 75, Terah lived to 205, so either Abram wasn't the first born, although he's listed first, or it speaks of Terah being spiritually dead, Terah DID have MANY " household " god's, so possibly still living but spiritually dead. Abram the " man of faith" in going to Egypt during the famine, falter's in his faith 1. By going 2. By having Sarai lie. This should help us in seeing that even "the man of faith" wasn't perfect, we DO ALL fall short. Both Abram and Lot were VERY Blessed, their split was only a matter of time. In the split we see Lot selfishly take the most lush and fertile land at the cost of his " downfall " by pitching his tent's toward Sodom. It's at this point, Abram being one camp, that God makes His Covenant with Abram.

  • Doesn't umkalel'cha mean: one who takes you light or unimportant?
    See ]82 [קָלַל verb be slight, swift, trifling (probably originally be light) Brown-Driver-Briggs

  • "This promise has carried through the generations. The Children of Israel have made immeasurable contributions to society. Protecting and supporting the Jewish people benefits all the nations of the world".
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    How true this statement is! When there is a disaster anywhere in the world, one of the first to arrive on the scene with medical or otherwise assistance is Israel. I read it in news headlines on a regular basis. I read of how Israel opens their hospitals to those soldiers and refugees whose countries are sworn enemies to Israel. This is a glorious commentary of a people that live out what their Elohim says. "Love your enemies. Do good to them that spite and use you."
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    What saddens me is these are usually the first to criticize and shame Israel for defending their people and their Land. Rarely, if at all, do I read articles of those that would erase the very existence of my brothers actually own up to the atrocities which they commit. Even nations outside their circles stand in solidarity with them. Of course, it's prophesied in Scripture that the whole world (united nations) would come against Israel in the end. Even so, I will stand with my brothers.

    • One only has to read the long list of Jewish people who have won the Nobel Prize. These range from Literature to science, physics medicine is a big one. Hashem has indeed blessed the world through the Jewish Nation. Most of the world has no idea to what extent they are beholden to Israel, they've been blinded by media reports.

  • The key to this verse is the commentator's statement, "Abraham and his descendants will be a source of blessing to the entire world". The promise of Elohim is to ALL the descendants of Avraham, even to all the aliens and sojourners that aligned themselves with him. It transcends down to the 12 sons of Ya'acov AND the mixed multitude that left Egypt with Moshe.
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    The benefit of "I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you" falls upon ALL those that either align themselves with Avraham or turn against him.

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