The Prophets of Israel also have much to say about the inclusion of Gentiles into Israel and the people of God. The universalistic expressions of the post-Pentateuchal portion of Scripture are, if anything, even more ardent and eloquent in advancing the ideal of mission and espousing the cause of the convert than the writings attributed to Moses.
The author of the remarkable tenth chapter of Genesis believed all the peoples of the civilized world to be a single family. The prophet Isaiah foresaw a time when all men would be reunited through the influence of Judaism. They will converge on Zion encouraging each other to make this pilgrimage to become Gods disciples.
In after days, it shall be that the Lords hill shall rise towering over other heights; to which all nations shall stream and many fold proclaim, Come, let us go up, to the Lords hill, to the house of Jacobs God, and He may instruct us in His ways and we may walk in His path; for revelation comes from Zion, and from Jerusalem Gods word.: (Isa. 2:2ff).
Isa 2:2-5 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD. (KJV)
Let us look at the Hebrew word for "ways" in verse 3 above:
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:
1870 derek- a way, a road, a distance, a journey, a manner a) a road, a way, a path b) a journey c) a direction d) a manner, a habit, a way e) used of the course of life (figurative) f) used of moral character (figurative)
1870 derek (deh'-rek); from 1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb: KJV-- along, away, because of, + by, conversation, custom, [east-] ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, [high-] [path-] way [-side], whither [-soever].
Answer for yourself: Does the Bible teach that prophetically in the future all the Gentile nations will learn to walk in the ways and paths of God whereby they learn Gods way for living ones life by instruction by the Jew and the House of Jacob? Yes.
Answer for yourself: Does Isaiah tell us that the way God has arranged for that to happen is for His Law, the Torah, and His Commandments of Deuteronomic and Mosaic Law consisting of instruction and directions to go out from Zion through the teaching of the House of Jacob unto all the Gentile nations? Yes.
Answer for yourself: Didn't someone fail to tell Isaiah that the Law and Commandments, many of which require certain actions from Gentile believers, was to pass away and allow Gentiles believers, like today, to express their worship in over 2,000 different varieties of Christian denominations, where there is little unity and agreement?
Answer for yourself: More than that, who failed to tell Isaiah that the Gentile Christian Church was to replace Israel and that the Gentile no longer needs to heed the admonition of Yeshua: Salvation is of the Jews?
Answer for yourself: Don't you think that is almost impossible since most Christian Churches teach that the Law has passed away or is replaced by grace?
Answer for yourself: Dear Christian brothers and sisters, are you coming to the awareness that you if you adhere to mens doctrines in the church instead of the Apostles Doctrine and continue to be involved in a replacement worship instead of true Biblical Worship which God gave to both Jews and Gentiles, then you have the sure rebuke of God staring you in the face because you failed to study to show yourself approved before God? These things I have discovered came only from years and years of dedicated and in-depth Bible study and inquire. While other Pastors played golf I studied because of my intense love for God and His Word. In such committed efforts I discovered these things I present to you today.
The same hope, expressed in almost identical words, occurs in the book of Isaiah's younger contemporary, Micah (Micah 4:1ff).
Isaiah preached in a period of profound tension and anxiety. His homeland, Judea, was recurrently under threat from its powerful neighbors. Yet he looked beyond that era of impending disaster, imminent conquest and ultimate exile, to the day when allies and enemies alike would join Israel as proselytes
Isa 14:1 1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. (KJV)
Of course this was once prophecy but is being fulfilled daily by the Christian's repentance and return to the Jewish Roots of his Christian faith.
Let us look at the word "joined" above:
3867 lavah (law-vaw'); a primitive root; properly, to twine, i.e. (by implication) to unite, to remain; also to borrow (as a form of obligation) or (caus.) to lend: KJV-- abide with, borrow (-er), cleave, join (self), lend (-er).
Thayer's Greek Lexicon:
3867 lavah- 1) to join, to be joined a) (Qal) to join, to be joined, to attend b) (Niphal) to join oneself to, to be joined unto 2) to borrow, to lend a) (Qal) to borrow b) (Hiphil) to cause to borrow, to lend to
Answer for yourself: Did you notice that his "joining" of the Non-Jew to the Israel of God and the House of Jacob is not done by God but by one's own efforts whereby "one joins himself" by his own efforts as seen in study and repentance and obedience to what he learns is required of the "Pattern of Worship" given to Israel by God?
Answer for yourself: Can you honestly say that in your Christian walk that your experience has been to be joined with Israel in Praise and Worship according to the "Pattern of Worship" I have shown you in the previous article when we saw the many examples of Non-Jews being commanded and expected by God to observe and keep the Biblical Sabbaths and Festivals as detailed in the Hebrew Scriptures?
Answer for yourself: If you cannot say yes, then don't you think it is about time to review your commitment to God once you have come to this new knowledge and truth? I hope so.
The prophets generally did not separate their hope of Returning Israel to God's will and their dream of converting the gentile to Biblical Faith. Both are the goal of God. To them, both were aspects of one mission, parts of the same endeavor to turn the waywardwhatever their origin toward God. So, when Isaiah pleads for the conversion of Israel, he submits that scarlet sins cannot become snowy white as pure innocence, but repentance and obedience have redemptive Power not merely for the seed of Abraham but for any man, for all mankind.
Micah, uttering his sublime definition of ethical monotheism, invites not Israel alone but all humanity
It has been told you, O man [Jew and Gentile], what is good and what God demands of youonly to do justice and cherish kindness and live in tranquil fellowship with your God. (Micah 6:8)
"The Phoenicians," says William Addis, in Peake's Commentary on the Bible, "were familiar with the idea that a man might become the client of a god and so put himself under divine protection. They used the same word for 'client' as the Hebrews, viz., ger (Gentile). Hence we have such names in Phoenician as Gerastart, 'client of Astarte,' Gerhekal, 'client of the temple,' etc. But to be the client of Israel's God, moral qualities are necessary."
Eph 2:12 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (KJV)
The above description is a perfect description of the standing of the Non-Jew outside the Israel of God. In order for one having no inherited rights in the community of Israel to enjoy the privileges of membership, to "sojourn in God's tent," he must lead a blameless life; do right; speak truth; honor other yirey Adonai, God-fearers like himself; stand by his oath without retracting no matter what the consequences; refuse to take a bribe or interest on a loan. So it is written in the fifteenth Psalm. He who would "ascend God's hill" must have "clean hands and a pure heart" and "never break his word." So it is written in the third and fourth verses of the twenty-fourth Psalm.
Despite their close acquaintance with man's inhumanity to man, prophet and psalmist devoutly believed that their ethical faith was within the spiritual grasp of all mankind. When Scythian hordes were ravaging the whole Near East from Egypt to Babylon, a prophet whose words are included in the book of Zephaniah announced total conversion of the world as God's final judgment
I will grant the nations a purified speech so that all of them will call upon God's name and serve Him unanimously. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia to the farthest reaches of the north My worshippers shall come bringing Me their offerings. (Zephaniah 3:9,10)
The prophet Jeremiah's career coincided with a period first of great peril--the invasion of Palestine by Pharaoh Psammetichus II and the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar--and then of calamity--the extinction of the 400-year-old Davidic monarchy and the subsequent Babylonian exile. Yet Jeremiah looked forward to a time when Jerusalem would be the center of a religiously regenerated world
In those days they will call Jerusalem the throne of God and all nations shall gather to it living no longer by the superstitions of their benighted minds (Jer.3:17).
Jer 4:1-2 1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. 2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory. (KJV)
Not Israel alone, but also its hostile neighborsnomadic marauders from Syria, Moab and Ammonwill suffer exile; but when in their captivity these people adopt the religion of Israel and Israel's God they be returned to their respective countries.
Jer 12:14-16 14 Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbors, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. 15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land. 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will (these former evil Gentile neighbors) diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people. (KJV)
Answer for yourself: Does God expect Gentiles to learn the way of His people Israel or the ways of the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, or the Methodist Church?
Answer for yourself: Do you know more about living in the paths and ways of your denomination than the ways of the Jewish People, the real people of God?
To the exiles in Babylon, Ezekiel preached that, no matter what had befallen them at the hands of foreigners, they were never to forget their religious obligation to the client of God, the ger who voluntarily sought admission into the religious community of Israel. Even in captivity, perhaps more especially there, they were to have compassion on him, remembering always that one and the same law held both for him and the native Israelites. Ezekiel rebuked his people for their ill-treatment of proselytes.
I leave you to the scorn of nations and the mockery of the world.... Gerim are oppressed, widows and orphans abused . . . You scorn what is sacred to Me. Natives wrong the weak and wretched and indict injustice upon gerim. (Ezekiel 22:4, 7-8, 29)
Answer for yourself: Have you as a typical Christian unaware of facts such as I have shown you, without intent SCORNED WHAT IS SACRED TO GOD and esteemed over His Word what men have deemed important?
He reiterated the prohibition against idolatry. Half-hearted worship of God, whether by native Israelite or convert, is equally reprehensible.
We need to look at the word "cut off" in the above verse.
3772 karath (kaw-rath'); a primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e. make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces): KJV-- be chewed, be con- [feder-] ate, covenant, cut (down, off), destroy, fail, feller, be freed, hew (down), make a league ([covenant]), X lose, perish, X utterly, X want.
Answer for yourself: If we as Christians separate ourselves from God because we don't adhere to the "Pattern of Worship" given to both Jews and Gentiles in the Bible, and accept an alternate and well-intentioned substitute which God has told us He cannot accept, then will we be the Bride of God and Messiah in the world to come?
Answer for yourself: If we as Christians separate ourselves from God because we don't adhere to the "Pattern of Worship" given to both Jews and Gentiles in the Bible, and accept in our mind and understanding an alternate and well-intentioned substitute which God has told us He cannot accept,then will be cut off from Gods covenant and people in the world to come? It may be hard for you to accept considering what you have heard preached most of your lives, but this is what the Bible teaches!
Answer for yourself: If we as Christians separate ourselves from God because we don't adhere to the pattern of worship given to both Jews and Gentiles of Israel in the Bible, and accept an alternate and well-intentioned substitute which God has told us He cannot accept, then how can we expect to be the Bride of Christ one day when God specifically through the Prophets warns us that if we separate from Him [in replacing Biblical Holy Days with Christianized paganism and their holidays, substitute Sabbaths of mens creation for the Sabbaths of Gods Commandments, and replace righteous giving of the Tithe for the perversions done in the name of God today where the tithe is used for everything under the sun], then God will cut and separate those who do those things from the Israel of God, and please remember it is only to Israel that He promised to marry at Sinai. Granted, Gentiles and Jews made up the mixed multitude at Sinai, but the bigger question for you is will you be in that number when the roll call is made in Heaven for the Marriage Supper, or will by fulfill Matt. 7 personally when told to depart-be cut off from Israel-from Yeshua because you practice iniquity? Please refer to an earlier article when I showed you the non-compliance to the Mosaic Laws [containing Laws for worship such as Festivals, Sabbaths, and giving] are neglected, not obeyed, or just plain ignorance of them is maintained by the believer.
Gods prophet envisioned the day when every knee would bend in homage to God and every tongue swear in His name, when He would be acknowledged sole, universal Lord of all mankind. God, he said, calls upon Israel to make His glory manifest to the gentiles (today this includes the Christians as well).
Here is the message of God the Lord . . . I, the Eternal, have called you . . . I formed you . . . to be a light unto the nations, to open eyes that are blind and to free captives from their bondage. (Isaiah 42:5)
Israel's task is to be a light in the darkness of religious ignorance, to give vision to eyes blinded by superstition, to free minds enslaved to idolatry. Such is the call of Bet Emet Ministries
Second Isaiah felt that the divine work of salvation, encompassing both Jews and gentiles, had already begun. He saw in Cyrus, though not a conscious convert, a worshiper of Israel's God who would spread His religion among all mankind. But far more than Cyrus, it is Israel, possessor of the true religion, which is to be the instrument for the conversion of the gentile. Unto Israel shall come men from all nations giving their adherence to God and marking on their hands the inscription "the Lord's" as a sign that they have become proselytes, naturalized Israelites.
Turn to Me and you are saved, all the ends of the earth!. . . Every knee must bend to Me and every tongue vow loyalty. (Isaiah 45 22-23)
Isa 49:6 6 And he said (speaking of Israel), It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. (KJV)
Answer for yourself: Did God say that the Jews, as the true worshippers of God because the Gentiles were not, were given to the Gentiles to illuminate their way
Answer for yourself: Did God say that the Jews, as the true worshippers of God were to illuminate the eyes of the Gentiles to Gods Law, thereby facilitating their return back to God in repentance and the truths that their forefathers had but lost? He sure did!
It is too small a service for the God of all the world merely to set the clans of Jacob up again .I now appoint you to bring' light unto the nations that My salvations may reach the worlds end (Isa. 49:6)
After the return from exile the Jerusalem community will be restored, not only by the return of dispersed native Jews, but also, according to Isaiah, by the addition of new converts
Let not the descendant of a foreigner say God will excommunicate me Foreigners who joint the Lord, to worship Him and love Him will I bring to My holy hill, and make joyful in My house of prayer My temple shall be called a house of prayer for every nation. Here is what God says, Who gathers Israels outcasts in: I will gather yet others in besides those already gathered. (Isa. 56:3-8)
Answer for yourself: Did you again notice that personal action is required to join oneself to the Lord? This of course means actions like study, repentance upon study, and then the positive action to implement into one's life what he learned from his study in areas like recovering "the Pattern of Worship" for ones life. The destiny of the gentiles in the glorious future is seen in that many nations will join themselves to God and will become His people
Citizens of great cities shall yet come, saying,
Let us go up at once to pay homage to God and to seek the Lord of hosts . . ." Many a people and mighty nation shall come to seek God in Jerusalem, to do obeisance to the Eternal. "In those days," the Lord of hosts declares, "ten men from nations of every language will seize the robe of a single Jew and say 'We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you! (Zechariah 8:21-23).
Dearly beloved, this is prophetic of the Jews instructing the Gentiles of the world in the proper paths of God because they don't have it, even in the Christian Church there is great errors taught along with truth. Rest assured, as Bet Emet does her part, and others contribute their efforts, we will one day see the truth of Gods Word cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
Of these prophetic passages, Fleming James has written, in his Personalities of the Old Testament, "The Gentiles must become converts to Judaism . . . but are not to be coerced; they will come of their own free will, come because they see the need of divine help, come with love and expectancy. And they will be welcomed, will be made God's people just as much as the Jews themselves. True, there will be an exaltation of the Jew, but a noble one. For the saying lays on him a responsibility; if they wish to go with him he must receive them, must teach them and make room for them.... He must share his God with all peoples."
The psalmists, whose "delight is in the Law of the Lord" and who lament when "there is no more any prophet," piously follow the letter of the Law and give exultant expression to the spirit and vision of the prophets in their hymned references to the proselyte. Like the priest and the prophet, the psalmists too believed that God is specially concerned for the welfare of proselytes and that all the world will come to serve Him.
"How precious is Thy love, O Lord; the children of men take refuge under the shadow of Thy wing . . . Unto Thee shall all men [Gentiles] come . . . Dwellers at the world's far edge are awed at the proofs of Thy power . . . Sing homage, all the earth, to God . . . Bless us, O God, till men [Gentiles] worship Thee at the world's farthest end . . . All nations Thou best made shall come and bow before Thee . . . Thou, only Thou, art God . . . Let every nation know His wondrous deeds . . . Praise the Lord, O families of the nations . . . Confess that the Lord. He is God . . . Laud Him, all ye races . . .
The testimony of the psalmist is not for Israel alone. What God has done for Israel, He can and will do for all the nations, since His sovereignty is worldwide. It is not enough for Israel to acknowledge the incomparable greatness of God. In fulfillment of prophecy, the psalmists invited all peoples of the world to join Israel in the True Worship of the one and only God. God's goodness to Israel is but a revelation to all mankind of His ways in dealing with those who "fear" Him. The psalmist felt that the nations, by whatever names they call their gods, were potentially "fearers" of the Lord.
"God-fearers," yirey Adonai, represent to the psalmist worshipers of God who are not of Jacob's seed. Such "fearers of the Lord" seem to be a fourth category of religious communicant in Israel, the other three, of course, being priest, Levite and native Israelite.
Bless the Lord, Israel's household; Bless the Lord, Aaron's household; Bless the Lord, Levi's household; Bless the Lord, O fearers of the Lord (Gentiles). (Psalm 135:19-20)
Israel trusts in the Lord . . .Aaron's household trust in the Lord . . . Fearers of the Lord trust in the Lord . .The Lord remembers us and will bless Israel and Aaron's household; He will bless the fearers of the Lord (Gentiles), the humble with the great. (Psalm 115:9-13)
Fearers of the Lord, praise Him; Glorify Him, ye seed of Jacob. (Psalm 22:24)
There are Psalms which seem to have been specially composed for, and perhaps by, such Lord-fearers or proselytes.
On Thee, O God, I set my heart . . .Show me Thy ways, O Lord, Teach me Thy paths . . .Remember not the errors of my youth . . . Any man who "fears" God He will teach the right course to take. His own life will continue prosperous and his posterity will inherit his property. The secret of God is for them that "fear" Him and His compact is to instruct them . . . Preserve and deliver me, disappoint me not as I find refuge with Thee. May my devotion and my loyalty preserve me, for I hope in Thee. (Psalm 25:1,4,12-14,20-21).
More to follow. Shalom
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