I am sure one can go much deeper than this. There is I notice a link to another resource at the bottom of Ken Matto's essay. But indeed research will show that much of this, if not almost all of it, started with Scofield and his bible. This particular essay just kind of touches the surface. But what it does do is show a little bit of the deception and dishonesty of the man and who backed him up in his work.
The fact that so many Christians interpret Genesis 12:3 in the way mentioned here sadly shows just how few people, Christian or otherwise, can properly read in context. Or else, choose not to in order to support their own preconceived notions and beliefs.
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.(Genesis 12:3)
It sadly really does seem that many Christians have become terrified of Scofield's notion and interpretation of this verse.
“and curse him that curseth thee” This was a warning literally fulfilled in the history of Israel’s persecutions.It has invariably fared ill with the people who have persecuted the Jew-well with those who protected him.For a nation to commit the sin of anti-Semitism brings inevitable Judgment.The future will remarkably prove this principle.”
And I will add, with all the cries of anti-Semitism over every slight, a certain group of people that we know from Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 have taken full advantage of this, have they not? They have mastered this more than other people have with false cries and accusations of racism.
The fact is, Matto's interpretation is plain and correct. God was addressing Abram, not Israel as a nation or even the patriarchs of the 12 tribes who also had not been born yet. More to the point, when God actually changed Abram's name to Abraham, what does Abraham mean? As you likely know it means father of many nations. As a matter of fact, before Sarah bare Isaac, and even closer to this revelation from the Lord of Genesis 12:3, Abraham bare a son with Sarah's handmaid Hagar, from whence would Ishmael, the father of the Arab nations and peoples. Indeed, even as we know today the Islamic/Arabic people consider Abraham to be a "father" of theirs. For that matter, we know that after the death of Sarah, Abraham took another wife in Keturah,
Genesis 25:1Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.
4 And the sons of Midian; Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
The point I am at least trying to make is that if one wants to interpret Genesis 12:3 as being the people, the children, the nations that would come from Abraham, which children and which nations are we not supposed to curse? Based on events since 9-11, I'm pretty sure there are a lot of Christians perfectly fine with cursing Arabic peoples. Or so it would seem anyway.
Of course, it is true that there is a spiritual side, that there is a futuristic and prophetic side, and there is even a particular side, child or seed line that we can narrow things down to.
Genesis 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
So yes, in Issac would ultimately come the promise. But again let's examine that a bit deeper, shall we?
Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
Yes, even Esau received a blessing. It wasn't necessarily much of one but it was one nonetheless. But let's look specifically at Jacob blessing the sons of Joseph. Who were those sons?
Genesis 48:11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
Wait a minute, hold the phone here. This is the father of all 12 patriarchs, the son of Isaac, the grandson of Abraham, giving his blessing on who? On Judah and the "Jews"? Judah certainly received a blessing and in receiving the scepter to rule it would not be insignificant. But who are these that Jacob/Israel passed the birthright blessing on to, the blessing some would say of Genesis 12:3? Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph. I happen to believe that through history and the documentation of E. Raymond Capt's Abrahamic Covenant that it can be pretty well documented that Britain or the UK and even its commonwealth of nations make up Ephraim and that their "brother" Manasseh is the United States of America. These two nations have been bound as brothers for a long time and these two nations have been two of the most blessed by God in our lifetimes.
But sadly along the way and through the migrations we have allowed ourselves to lose our identities and even our birthright blessing as the tares seek to steal it.
This is also why it becomes very appropriate that Paul would quote both Isaiah and Hosea in Romans 9.
Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.
30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Here Paul even says that the Gentiles obtain righteousness while Israel has not obtained it. Why? Because they are tied up in the doctrines of man and in legalist jargon and tradition. So it's okay, for some of them who mean well in that nation we call Israel today, who aren't evil, to have a soft heart toward them, to plant seeds and to hope and pray that they won't trip over that Rock who is Christ or be offended but come to believe. But it is also reality that as given in Jeremiah 24 that you have the bad figs in that same location. It is those same bad figs that cause almost all of the problems that we see today and almost all of the problems that we've seen in the past. That's wherever they may be not necessarily just in Israel. But it will be Israel that becomes spiritual Babylon and Sodom. It will be Israel and Jerusalem that becomes a putrid city and location when Satan is there as Antichrist doing his thing and deceiving the world with a one world government and specifically a one world religion. It is those bad figs as well that are setting up for all of this to transpire right there in "the holy land". It's holy when God is there. It's holy when His way rules supreme. But when that isn't the case, it's nothing but an abomination. Which is what they aim to make it with their Zionist agenda.
And again what of the people of Romans 9:26, the same people of Hosea 1:10 who are called "not my people" then are called sons of the living God in that same place? It's the same people, amongst others, that received that birthright blessing from Jacob/Israel. In other words, it's our people in this nation, in large part. But our people have allowed deception to take root in our very churches and in many cases never rooted out. As a result, they have been spiritually robbed and made second class "Gentiles" by the very enemies of God and the very children of Satan through Cain.
But what does God really think about Israel and the "Jews", and who is a Jew?
Romans 2:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Romans 11 we also know speaks of Gentiles and the "ethnos" being grafted in as part of Israel through acceptance of, faith in, and obedience toward Jesus Christ.
That, my friends, is ultimately where the blessing lies. The blessing lies in Jesus Christ. It always has and it always will. If people could understand that very simple thing, Christians especially, that would eliminate so many of the problems when it comes to deception, when it comes to racism, and when it comes to allowing one's birthright, blessings, and heirship with Jesus Christ to be stolen away from them. Or at least to allow others to do so.
Don't allow wicked or even misguided men to rob you and confuse you with their traditions even right from the pulpit. Seek out the truth, rightly divide, and study to show yourself approved. Check everything, and everyone out. You may or may not agree with every word of this and that is fine. But always know where the true blessings and promises lie. It isn't in men. It isn't in churches. It isn't in traditions or doctrine. It is in the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ. The article is linked below.