God gave this promise to Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will place a curse on those who harm you. And all the people on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:3 NCV). When God called Abraham out of Ur, he made a covenant—a promise—that Abraham would be the father of a holy nation.
Exactly how would God bless the world through Israel? First, they would model a way of living that reflected the glory and goodness of God. And secondly, they would provide a lineage through whom Jesus Christ, the greatest global blessing, would be born. They were the curators and caretakers of God’s covenant to Abraham. For this reason they were to remain separate. Different. Holy. Set apart. And so are we. The assignment given to the Jews has been passed on to us.