Hopefully today’s article about Israelis and Gentiles will give us a better understanding of who they are and where we fit in God’s plan for them. Understanding where we fit comes from understanding His plan.
First we go to Webster’s for the definition of a “Gentile”:
1 a often capitalized : a person of a non-Jewish nation or of non-Jewish faith; especially : a Christian as distinguished from a Jew used especially by Jews b: HEATHEN, PAGAN *earnest exhortations to the gentiles David Daiches*
2: a word denoting country, race, or nationality
3 [gentilis] in Roman law : a member of the same Roman gens
Since race and country of origin denotes whether or not we are a gentile, finding the answer requires that we look deeper into our past.
Our first peek into our ancestry involves a look at our parents and grandparents who boast about our bloodline taking us back to England or some other country. They use things like hair color freckles and dialect to convince us that they are right but a little research is the order of the day.
Digging into scripture helps us to gain a better understanding of Israeli bloodlines, where it leads and the effect it has on where we fit in God’s plan for Israelis and Gentiles. We begin in Deut. 28:64 KJV where we see God scattering His chosen race, the Israeli’s:
And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.
This verse shows our Lord scattering Israel for them putting other gods before Him and we now go to 1 Kings 14:15 KJV where we see Him smiting them for ignoring and failing to recognize Him:
For the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the Lord to anger.
Scattering Israel by uprooting them from the Promise Land is God’s way of getting their attention; Deut. 32:26 KJV gives His reason for doing this:
I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:
Scattering them to the corners of the world is God putting His plan in motion, a plan in which Israelis cease remembering who they are.