Dr. David Jeremiah, author and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, San Diego, CA, has made a name for himself in the department of Bible Prophecy.  For example, one of his recent books on the End Times has made the New York Times Bestseller’s list.

But I believe the otherwise faithful Bible expositor has sort of been involved in hermeneutical gymnastics.  Let me demonstrate from Dr. Jeremiah’s use of Genesis 12:3:

I will bless those who bless you, 
   and whoever curses you I will curse; 
and all peoples on earth 
   will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3 NIV)

The California pastor and author has used this text to prove that if America is to survive and to be blessed she must improve her foreign policies toward Israel.  America must continue to support and defend Israel.

America must bless Israel.

You see, Dr. David Jeremiah is a Dispensational premillennialist.  Despite texts like Acts 3, Romans 4, Galatians 3, and Ephesians 2, which demonstrate God’s creation of a New Humanity in Messiah Jesus, a Bible teacher like Dr. David Jeremiah continues to make the case that Nation Israel remains God’s chosen people and that a text like Genesis 12:3 is still viable.