THE JEWISH BLESSING
We see in the Bible that the Jewish people were, and continue to be, God’s “chosen people.” In Deuteronomy 7:6 God says of them: “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” Along with God’s choice comes God’s blessing. In Genesis 12:2-3 God says of Abraham and his heirs: “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Thus, the Jewish choice and blessing were never to be selfish things. The Jews were chosen for God’s worldwide redemptive purposes. Regarding their blessing, not only would the Jewish people be blessed by God, but they would become a great blessing to all people on the earth. In this short work it would be impossible to even begin to catalogue the blessings conveyed by the Jewish people throughout history. Most important of all, they gave to the nations the concept of the one true God. They gave to the world the Bible and they gave us Jesus our Savior.
In the practical realm the Jews have conveyed to all of us multitudes of blessings. Although the Jews made up less than one-half of one percent of the world’s population, from 1901-1990 they won an astonishing 22 percent of the Nobel Prize awards in science. In the latter part of the century as various prizes were awarded to people of many nations the Jews began to take 29 percent of them. In the 21st century so far the Jews have captured 32 percent or almost a third of all Nobel Prizes.