In March of 2013, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died from “pelvic cancer” according to the official reports. Two years earlier during a televised speech to a large national audience Chavez had cursed Israel three times, saying that he cursed Israel from his viscera. This speech was recorded in many widely circulated videos (see for example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt4FLhr0Yq0).
Why is this significant? President Chavez went against God’s Word. The Lord is a covenant-keeping God. He established a covenant with Abraham, and one of His promises to Abraham was “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse those who curse you” (Genesis 12:3). Isaiah 55:11 states “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
In addition to going against God’s Word, Chavez did so in a very public forum. Public sin tarnishes God’s name and carries even greater consequences than “private” sin. So exactly one year – to … Continue reading