IF NOT A JEW, THEN A GENTILE

There is a mistaken notion the Jews were distinctly separate from the Gentiles and when Christ came, He would give to the Gentiles what was different from the Jews.  While it is true God’s people were known as “Jews”, because they were “called out” or “chosen”, but called out of what?  Chosen from what?  Abraham was told to separate himself from his people.  Although he was a part of his people, God “chose” him and removed him so he would not become influenced by their pagan practices.  However, God had never forgotten those left behind.  It would be His desire they would come to Him, too, and we can be thankful for this!  For had not God had this plan set into place, those of us not of the linage of Shem, but of Japheth and Ham would have been forever lost.

When Christ came He came for one significant purpose:  for the salvation of man.  In order to accomplish this, the wall of distinction had to be broken.  Paul said it best:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

So, in being “one” in Christ, does this mean we would be given totally a different way of life?  Let’s face it, would our “Gentile-ness” be totally separate from the “Jew-ness” before, because after all, we are only an extension of them!  That’s correct!  This is why it is often referred as “Judeo-Christian”.

For those wanting to do away with the Old Testament, they will have done away with these key verses:

“Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My Spirit upon Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His Law.” Isaiah 42:1-4 (KJV)

Notice the last verse:  “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His Law.”  We know of the person being spoken about:  Christ.  He is also the One who is to be the Judge of all the earth, and you cannot have judgment without a law.  Oh, the word “Gentiles” is referring to you and I.  The word “isles” is often referred to as “Gentiles”.

Benson Commentary

Genesis 10:5. The posterity of Japheth were allotted to the isles of the Gentiles, which were solemnly by lot, after a survey, divided among them, and probably this island of ours among the rest. All places  beyond the sea from Judea, are called isles. Jeremiah 25:22; and this directs us to understand that promise, Isaiah 42:4The isles shall wait for His law, of the conversion of the Gentiles to the faith of Christ.

An interesting point, too, for those who wish to do away with any “law”, believing there is no “law”, rather, the Ten Commandments for the Gentiles, as if it were given to the Jews only, doesn’t it state the Gentiles, you and I, would “wait”, would “receive” it?  This comes from Strong’s Concordance:

“for his law <H8451>”

or torah, to-raw’; from <H3384> (yarah); a precept or statute, especially the Decalogue or Pentateuch :- law.

For those confused, the “Pentateuch” refers to the first five (penta) books of the Old Testament, or that which was written by Moses which contained the law(s), both Mosaic and the Ten Commandments, or “Decalogue”, deca meaning ten.  Therefore, this verse explicit states those Gentiles who would seek to be adjoined with Christ would wait to receive that which was given to the Jews in order to not lose out in the judgment to come.

Does it not make sense:  If the Ten Commandments is the “law” by which we are judged, doesn’t it make sense to know it and then follow it?  Why then are there no problems with nine of the Commandments but people struggle with the Fourth Commandment, “Remember the Sabbath (Saturday) to keep it holy…”  For one, the devil wishes for people not to do so because it is the only Commandment that deals with worship and creation, which was designed during the creation week.  If the devil could get us away from the Sabbath, then we would be inclined to the worship of his creation, Sun(day) worship, and indirectly thinking we are serving God when we are actually serving him!  THIS is the great deception Paul refers to, and sadly, so many are caught up in this.

Friends, the Bible is clear, but many of us are not.  Like Paul said previously mentioned, there are no differences between us Jews or Gentiles, when we are serving the one and only God.

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June 23, 2016

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