“I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.” — Genesis 12:3
NOTE TO READERS: 2018 is an important year for Israel and the Jewish people as we celebrate the modern State of Israel’s 70th Birthday. As we mark this momentous milestone, we are offering 70 devotions between now and April 19th, Israel’s Independence Day, tied to our Keys to Israel – six fundamental principles underlying God’s covenantal relationship with His chosen people and His Holy Land built upon the acrostic I.S.R.A.E.L.
The next ten devotions focus on I-Important to God, Israel’s importance to God as expressed through His promise to Abraham more than 3,000 years ago.
God’s gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they come in the form of an unexpected check, and other times in the form of healing. Everyone wants to be showered with God’s many blessings, but not everyone knows how. What’s the key that unlocks the gates of God’s favor?
Genesis 12 gives us the answer. God said to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” God makes the answer very clear. Those who bless the Jewish people will be rewarded with many blessings themselves.
Here at The Fellowship, we have seen how God makes good on His promise. We have received countless letters from people who choose to give to God’s people and then find themselves inexplicably blessed as well. Here is just one example of the many stories that we receive:
Jay and Jo Anne are a benevolent couple who enjoy giving wisely. After hearing about The Fellowship, they decided on an amount of money that they wished to contribute — enough for one Jew to return home for each member of the family. Then, unexpectedly, Jay and Jo Anne received four checks in the same day. But the most amazing part was that when they added all of the money up, it was exactly the amount that they had planned to donate!
Jay said, “It became pretty clear that God wanted us to give to the Jewish people.” And that was just the beginning of the “bless fest” that God orchestrated between needy, hurting Jews and Jay and Jo Anne. This couple gave to all aspects of The Fellowship’s ministry – from food boxes, to orphanages, to bringing Jews back to Israel. Jay shares what happened next.
“A floodgate of blessings opened up for our family in a very short period of time. Our adult children received pay raises, our granddaughter who had severe food allergies was healed, and many other spiritual and emotional healings took place throughout our immediate and extended family,” he recalled.
It is our hope at The Fellowship that you will be inspired by Jay and Jo Anne’s story. As Scripture reminds us, “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind” (1 Samuel 15:29). God does not go back on His word. What God says in Genesis 12 is true forever! Those who bless the Jewish people and the State of Israel will undoubtedly enjoy great blessings themselves.
The Fellowship is committed to bringing blessings to the Jewish people in every way. Take a look at our website and check out our many opportunities to help those in need. Join us in bringing blessings to Israel, and you will find that you enjoy God’s many blessings as well.
For more information on our Keys to I.S.R.A.E.L. resources visit www.ifcj.org/keystoisrael.
With prayers for shalom, peace,
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Founder and President