Jesus promises a reward for showing the smallest kindness, even just giving a cup of cold water, to one of his followers. These words are rarely heard in today’s church.
Matthew 10:42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
The Dispensational teachers of our day tell us we will be blessed if we bless unbelieving Israel, quoting the following Scripture.
Genesis 12:3 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 is taken out of context, causing many within the church to embrace a twisted meaning of this beautiful Scripture.
Jesus never honored unbelieving Israel.
Jesus wept over unbelieving Israel.
Matthew 23:37-38 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Paul never honored unbelieving Israel.
Paul had great sorrow of heart for his lost Jewish brethren.
Romans 9:2-3 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
It is dangerously misleading to teach that the Jewish people are blessed in their unbelief, because the truth is that the wrath of God is upon them.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Scripture is very clear in telling us that a person cannot have God as their father if they deny Jesus Christ, the Son.
1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Scripture clearly identifies Abraham’s true seed.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 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.
The blessing of Abraham.
The promise of the Spirit.
Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Abraham’s true seed, according to the promise.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
If we truly want to bless the Jewish people we will preach the Gospel to them, and pray for their salvation.
The true promised reward, not for blessing unbelieving Israel, but for showing the smallest kindness, even just giving a cup of cold water, to anyone who is a disciple of Jesus Christ.