Ob la di, Ob la da Obadiah

According to Paul McCartney,

“I had a friend called Jimmy Scott who was a Nigerian conga player, who I used to meet in the clubs in London. He had a few expressions, one of which was, ‘Ob la di ob la da, life goes on, bra’. I used to love this expression…”

This expression is like saying “no worries”, or no offense taken.  As if whatever someone did, even if bad, no worries ‘cos life goes on.

There are some offenses that according to many Zionists and Christian Zionists or evangelicals cannot be brushed off so easily though.  To curse or hurt a jew is to them an offense that will return on one’s own head.

They will use Genesis 12:3 to support this deep conviction,

And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.”

This they rightly see was addressed to Abraham and his seed, but they wrongly think this refers today to the Jewish people and/or the Jewish State of Israel.  Obadiah 1:10 and 1:15 would support their view, they would say;

“For violence against your brother Jacob,
Shame shall cover you,
And you shall be cut off forever.” Obadiah 1:10

“For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near;
As you have done, it shall be done to you;
Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.” Obadiah 1:15

Indeed Obadiah addressed a situation where the physical seed of Abraham was the only people who also included many who were the spiritual seed of Abraham.

But today, in the age after Christ, does Genesis 12:3 refer to the physical seed of Abraham, the Jewish people? Or does it refer to the spiritual seed of Abraham, the Church of Jesus Christ?

First, Paul lays out in Romans 4:13-16 an argument for it to refer to the spiritual seed of Abraham, the Church, rather than the physical descendants, the Jews.

“13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; 15 for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

16 For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.”

Second, those who think this refers to the physical seed of Abraham, the Jews, do not see how the second part of Genesis 12:3; “in your seed all the families of the earth will be blessed”, proves it must refer to the spiritual seed.  Galatians 3:8 demonstrates this;

The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations will be blessed in you.”(this a quote of Genesis 12:3)

This verse shows that Genesis 12:3 refers to the followers of Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ, not to the Jewish people or the Jewish State.

Just imagine if the Church owned this verse as referring to itself rather than the Jews.  They would realize that if anyone curses Christians or the Church they will be cursed. If anyone blesses Christians or the Church they will be blessed.

Therefore, if you curse the Church or the followers of Christ, God does not simply take a “cum se cum sa” attitude with you … there is no simple “obladi oblada life goes on, bra” with you.  You will indeed have the curse return on your own head, Christ Himself will see to that.

 

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