In early 2013, the population of the Jews in the world was estimated to be 13.9 million which is about 0.2% of the world’s population. It has also been estimated that there are approximately more Jews in the United States than in Israel. There are about 6 million Jews in Israel and between 5.4 and 6.8 million Jews in the United States. They make up 3% of the US population but they also make up 50% of the top 400 richest Americans.
According to Forbes’ latest annual list of billionaires (released a couple of weeks ago), about a fifth of the 50 richest people in the world are Jews.
In 2013, of the 1426 billionaires known around the globe, 165 of them were Jews, about 11.6% of the billionaires in the world. Also interesting is the fact that the wealthiest Jews are living outside Israel. I consider this a fulfilment of the promise God gave to Jacob through Isaac.
In Gen 28:1-4, Isaac blessed Jacob and pronounced the blessing of Abraham on him.
Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan…
… “May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples;
And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.”
The Jews have continued to enjoy this blessing irrespective of their spiritual stand. God blessed them in Abraham and they have remained blessed.
What am I bringing out of this? God’s promise and covenant with the Jews is true and is still active today.
How does this concern us? From the scriptures we are told that as Christians, we are also partakers of this covenant and promise. Ephesians 2:12-22 says … at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: … Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
So God has made us qualified recipients of the promise and the blessing.
The Message translation of Galatians 3:13-14 says:
Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.
Let’s remember that one of the blessings was that they would inherit lands in which they are strangers. For that to happen, they have to be in foreign lands. You definitely can’t inherit foreign lands in your backyard.
Remember also that Jesus and Apostle Peter declared that we are not of this world.
Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world…
1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims…
So we perfectly qualify to be partakers of that blessing and promise, knowing that the promises are yes in Christ (2 Cor 1:20)… all promises, both physical and spiritual. If the promises and covenant still follow the Jews till date, how much more the covenant and promises which are amen in Christ.
The Jews are blessed and so are we. They are smart and so are we. They are successful and so are we.
How does this become practical in our world? We need a personal revelation of this reality – a revelation that brings a conscious awareness, one that brings a reorientation of our thought patterns and aligns us with purpose. It has to come alive to us that we have been blessed to prosper. It has to become a living reality to us. We are of the covenant and are also qualified because we are not of this world.
This is what I would do:
I would daily confess the word of God concerning my prosperity and wealth.
I and my household must consciously conduct our affairs as partakers of the promise. Our thoughts must align with God’s thoughts on the blessing, wealth and prosperity. My children must be convinced that they are from a wealth generating stock. Paul refers to us as children of the stock of Israel (Acts 13:26).
I will step out boldly to create wealth. I will put to work the Holy Spirit-guided ideas that I receive. I will continually depend on the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration. What I lay my hands upon to do will prosper.
I am blessed to be a part of God’s family and so are you.