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86. God "Blessing" the Non-Elect



"Blessings" in the Bible are not just for believers, but they can also be temporary benefits in this life only, which God can give to all men (which leaves them more without excuse):


The nations of the earth shall be "blessed":

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 18:18 - "Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?"


Ishmael is "blessed":

Genesis 17:20 - "And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation."

Genesis 21:20 - "And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer."


But Issac was the "only" son, the one in the Covenant:

Genesis 22:12,16 - "And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:"

Genesis 26:4 - "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed"

Genesis 28:14 - "And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed."


Isaac "blessed" Esau:

Hebrews 11:20 - "By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come."


But Esau did not inherit the "blessing":

Hebrews 12:16,17 - "Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears."


Sparing the non-elect for the sake of the elect is a temporal "blessing" to the non-elect:

Genesis 18:25 - "That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Matthew 5:44,45 - "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust."

Note here that the wicked and unjust are still wicked and unjust, the "blessing" is the temporary benefit given to them in this life.


If the wicked do not turn to God as a result of the "blessings" He showers upon them, they will be cursed:

Malachi 2:2 - "If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart."

Romans 1:21 - "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."


It is not sin to pray for the non-elect, because we do not know whether they are non-elect or not, but we must warn them:

1 Samuel 12:23,24 - "Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you."