Faith
Wednesday February 9, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Israelis and Gentiles "

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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

This leads to a unique situation, one that stares us in the face today. We have God’s chosen people,that He has scattered to far-a-way lands, who believe that they are Gentiles. Is it possible that the seeds scattered in Psalm 106:27 KJV include ours?

To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.

As this truth looms high, Ezekiel 12:15 KJV further explains why God scattered Israel:

And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

God scattering them draws attention to His desire for them to know and love Him and Hebrews 8:10 KJV shows Him making a covenant with them; He shows Himself committed and personally involved in helping them return to Him:

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

God’s covenant is timely and real as after putting His laws in their minds and writing them in their hearts, He patiently awaits their return.

We are starting to understand His covenant which can have the same effect as a bucket of cold water being thrown in our face.

Paul is the one shining this light on God’s covenant and Romans 11:1 KJV shows his involvement and connection with Israelis and Gentiles:

I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

Born in a Roman territory, he was a Roman Citizen, but his bloodline, running through the tribe of Benjamin, makes him a Benjamite:

Returning to where we began with our grandparents talking about our bloodlines, one of the countries we considered was England. It is true that a bloodline connecting us to ancestors in England does make us English and if that be the case, the journey that our great grandparents took from England to America also places us in the bloodline of Judah.

Looking back in history shows England connected to Judah through royalty. Coronations are used by both countries to continue this reign of royalty and both utilize this procedure to continue allegiance to it.

With both countries led by kings, it is worth noting that the insignia or seal used by both are identical. When using the insignia on their rings to officiate a document, the impression left by the rings of both kings are identical. Could two identical lions facing each other on both insignias be a coincidence?

Recognizing that your bloodline reaching Judah through England’s king line is no hill for a climber. You may already recognize this to be the bloodline that Christ came through reaching all the way back to Abraham, through David.

Tracking the bloodlines of Israel’s other tribes show their ten northern ones scattered all over Europe. After being captured by Assyria, they were taken over the Caucasus Mountains and disbursed. We are called Caucasians; is this just another coincidence?

Is this deeper look into the background of Israelis and Gentiles changing how you view yourself?