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SHABBAT, 1 Heshvan 5778 — יוֹם שַׁבָּת א חֶשְׁוָן ה' תשעח

Many "Christians" Believe They Alone Are
The Israel Of God!

But, According To The Hebrew Scriptures:

Can "Goyim" Actually Become Part Of Israel?


Ezekiel 44:9
"No Foreigner Who Is Uncircumcised In Heart
Or Who Is Uncircumcised In The Flesh
...Shall Enter My Sanctuary"

כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כָּל־בֶּן־נֵכָר עֶרֶל לֵב וְעֶרֶל בָּשָׂר לֹא יָבוֹא אֶל־מִקְדָּשִׁי לְכָל־בֶּן־נֵכָר אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

"Thus says the Lord God: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, shall enter my sanctuary."


Among The Children Of Israel
Is There A Place For Non-Jews?

At the Iconoclast, we recognize that there is a place for the nations (i.e. non-Jews) living among the Israelite people who, along with Israel, also adhere to the teachings of the Torah; and that for those the Hebrew Scriptures clearly ascribe inheritance among the Israelite tribes where they dwell!

However, per the sure teachings in the Torah of יְהֹוָה   [YehoVaH] (G-d), we do not believe that a true "Paulist" (a "Christian" follower of Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul) can be considered to be among those who will have obtained an inheritance along with the children of Israel, in spite of that being their boast!

You may ask, why?

The answer is simply because they adhere to the central "Paulist" doctrine/tenet that they are not bound (obligated to observe or follow) the Torah of יְהֹוָה   [YehoVaH] (G-d), even though that is a central theme in the teachings of Yeshua, whom they think they follow (in actuality, do they not follow the version of Yeshua according to 'Paul'? — see New Testament passage Romans 6:14-15 included in our page devoted to the discussion that Saul of Tarsus, aka "Paul" is a false Apostle).

In our opinion, anyone who forsakes the Torah (specifically, the first 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures, but also the entire Hebrew Scriptures [which collectively are the Torah (Teachings) of Yehovah]) cannot be considered as one of those who have joined themselves with Israel, i.e., a sojourner or one who dwells among the tribes of Israel!

Again, ironically, that does not stop the many of them to boastfully claim that they are now "the Israel of G-d", in opposition to and in spite of the clear teachings of Yeshua which clearly illustrate that He considered following the Torah of יְהֹוָה   [YehoVaH] in his own teachings!

We defy anyone to show us anywhere within the canonized "New Testament" where Yeshua is directly quoted as instructing His followers to forsake the Torah of יְהֹוָה   [YehoVaH] (G-d).

(Yet, in direct opposition to the clear teachings of the quoted Yeshua, Forsaking the Torah of יְהֹוָה   [YehoVaH] is a predominant and constant theme in the teachings of the arrogant, self–appointed, self–proclaimed apostle 'Paul'!)


The following is a passage in Ezekiel which specifically assigns inheritance among the tribes of Israel to those non-Jews who actually dwell among the tribes of Israel (note that this is a theme running throughout Scripture, and not an isolated case).

Ezekiel 47:21-23

וְחִלַּקְתֶּם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת לָכֶם לְשִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

כא

21

So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

וְהָיָה תַּפִּלוּ אוֹתָהּ בְּנַחֲלָה לָכֶם וּלְהַגֵּרִים הַגָּרִים בְּתוֹכְכֶם אֲשֶׁר־הוֹלִדוּ בָנִים בְּתוֹכְכֶם וְהָיוּ לָכֶם כְּאֶזְרָח בִּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִתְּכֶם יִפְּלוּ בְנַחֲלָה בְּתוֹךְ שִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

כב

22

And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you and to the strangers that sojourn among you, who shall beget children among you; and they shall be unto you as the home-born among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

וְהָיָה בַשֵּׁבֶט אֲשֶׁר־גָּר הַגֵּר אִתּוֹ שָׁם תִּתְּנוּ נַחֲלָתוֹ נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה׃ ס

כג

23

And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD. {P}


How Should The "Strangers",
Who Join Themselves To Israel,
Conduct Their Lives?

— They Must Also Follow The Torah!

It is quite evident from the Tanach that non-Jews who join themselves to Israel must also adhere to the same commands and statutes given to those Israelites they dwell among.

Thus, if a non-Jew believes that he or she is now part of Israel even as a consequence of their belief that Yeshua ("Jesus") is Mashiach (aka, the Messiah), it is quite clear from the Hebrew Scriptures that they must follow the Torah given to Moses!

Yet, it is also evident that they should sojourn among Israelites of like faith.

In other words, we believe they must worship among Israelites that believe Yeshua Is Mashiach and positively obey His teachings regarding keeping the Torah, yet also forsaking the authority of Talmudic rabbis as well as forsaking the authority of the teachings of Saul of Tarsus (aka, Paul; the FALSE, self–appointed uber–Apostle of Yeshua)!

It is our contention that a great majority of non-Jews who consider themselves to be followers of Yeshua would not consider to ever following His instructions to follow the Torah, and they could undoubtedly support those PERVERTED views through the writings of Saul of Tarsus, aka Paul.

On our web page titled, Paul, the false apostle, we try to make this clear and we try to show through the various writings why we do not believe Saul of Tarsus to have been chosen by Yeshua to be an Apostle, and that, in fact, we regard him to be a false prophet — one who turns others away from יְהֹוָה   [YehoVaH] (G-d).

"The Strangers That Sojourneth Among You"

At The Iconoclast, it is our sincere opinion that non-Jews who really accept the promised Mashiach should be considered as the "strangers that sojourneth among you" as per the example given to us in the Tanach!

They should not be separated from those "Israelites" who also follow Yeshua as the promised Mashiach, adhere to the Torah of Moses and forsake Talmudic/rabbinic "Judaism"!

Yet we must ask: how many of the non-Jews, who consider themselves followers of the Mashiach promised to Israel, actually obey even the Hebrew Scriptures we quote below, join themselves to Israel and then qualify to partake in the inheritance given to the tribes of Israel?


Below, we have selected several passages which speak about commands and statutes given not just to the Israelite/Jewish people but also to those "strangers" who have chosen to join themselves with Israel.

Exodus 12:43-49

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן זֹאת חֻקַּת הַפָּסַח כָּל־בֶּן־נֵכָר לֹא־יֹאכַל בּוֹ׃

מג

43

And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron: 'This is the ordinance of the passover: there shall no alien eat thereof;

וְכָל־עֶבֶד אִישׁ מִקְנַת־כָּסֶף וּמַלְתָּה אֹתוֹ אָז יֹאכַל בּוֹ׃

מד

44

but every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

תּוֹשָׁב וְשָׂכִיר לֹא־יֹאכַל־בּוֹ׃

מה

45

A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat thereof.

בְּבַיִת אֶחָד יֵאָכֵל לֹא־תוֹצִיא מִן־הַבַּיִת מִן־הַבָּשָׂר חוּצָה וְעֶצֶם לֹא תִשְׁבְּרוּ־בוֹ׃

מו

46

In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth aught of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

כָּל־עֲדַת יִשְׂרָאֵל יַעֲשׂוּ אֹתוֹ׃

מז

47

All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

וְכִי־יָגוּר אִתְּךָ גֵּר וְעָשָׂה פֶסַח לַיהוָה הִמּוֹל לוֹ כָל־זָכָר וְאָז יִקְרַב לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ וְהָיָה כְּאֶזְרַח הָאָרֶץ וְכָל־עָרֵל לֹא־יֹאכַל בּוֹ׃

מח

48

And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

תּוֹרָה אַחַת יִהְיֶה לָאֶזְרָח וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכְכֶם׃

מט

49

One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.'

Leviticus 16:29-34

וְהָיְתָה לָכֶם לְחֻקַּת עוֹלָם בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בֶּעָשׂוֹר לַחֹדֶשׁ תְּעַנּוּ אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם וְכָל־מְלָאכָה לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ הָאֶזְרָח וְהַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכְכֶם׃

כט

29

And it shall be a statute for ever unto you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and shall do no manner of work, the home-born, or the stranger that sojourneth among you.

כִּי־בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם לְטַהֵר אֶתְכֶם מִכֹּל חַטֹּאתֵיכֶם לִפְנֵי יְהוָה תִּטְהָרוּ׃

ל

30

For on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins shall ye be clean before the LORD.

שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן הִיא לָכֶם וְעִנִּיתֶם אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם חֻקַּת עוֹלָם׃

לא

31

It is a sabbath of solemn rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls; it is a statute for ever.

וְכִפֶּר הַכֹּהֵן אֲשֶׁר־יִמְשַׁח אֹתוֹ וַאֲשֶׁר יְמַלֵּא אֶת־יָדוֹ לְכַהֵן תַּחַת אָבִיו וְלָבַשׁ אֶת־בִּגְדֵי הַבָּד בִּגְדֵי הַקֹּדֶשׁ׃

לב

32

And the priest, who shall be anointed and who shall be consecrated to be priest in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen garments, even the holy garments.

וְכִפֶּר אֶת־מִקְדַּשׁ הַקֹּדֶשׁ וְאֶת־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וְאֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ יְכַפֵּר וְעַל הַכֹּהֲנִים וְעַל־כָּל־עַם הַקָּהָל יְכַפֵּר׃

לג

33

And he shall make atonement for the most holy place, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar; and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly.

וְהָיְתָה־זֹּאת לָכֶם לְחֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְכַפֵּר עַל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִכָּל־חַטֹּאתָם אַחַת בַּשָּׁנָה וַיַּעַשׂ כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אֶת־מֹשֶׁה׃ פ

לד

34

And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make atonement for the children of Israel because of all their sins once in the year.' And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.

Leviticus 17:8-16

וַאֲלֵהֶם תֹּאמַר אִישׁ אִישׁ מִבֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמִן־הַגֵּר אֲשֶׁר־יָגוּר בְּתוֹכָם אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲלֶה עֹלָה אוֹ־זָבַח׃

ח

8

And thou shalt say unto them: Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that offereth a burnt-offering or sacrifice,

וְאֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֹא יְבִיאֶנּוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת אֹתוֹ לַיהוָה וְנִכְרַת הָאִישׁ הַהוּא מֵעַמָּיו׃

ט

9

and bringeth it not unto the door of the tent of meeting, to sacrifice it unto the LORD, even that man shall be cut off from his people.

וְאִישׁ אִישׁ מִבֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמִן־הַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכָם אֲשֶׁר יֹאכַל כָּל־דָּם וְנָתַתִּי פָנַי בַּנֶּפֶשׁ הָאֹכֶלֶת אֶת־הַדָּם וְהִכְרַתִּי אֹתָהּ מִקֶּרֶב עַמָּהּ׃

י

10

And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that eateth any manner of blood, I will set My face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

כִּי נֶפֶשׁ הַבָּשָׂר בַּדָּם הִוא וַאֲנִי נְתַתִּיו לָכֶם עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לְכַפֵּר עַל־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם כִּי־הַדָּם הוּא בַּנֶּפֶשׁ יְכַפֵּר׃

יא

11

For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh atonement by reason of the life.

עַל־כֵּן אָמַרְתִּי לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ מִכֶּם לֹא־תֹאכַל דָּם וְהַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכְכֶם לֹא־יֹאכַל דָּם׃ ס

יב

12

Therefore I said unto the children of Israel: No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

וְאִישׁ אִישׁ מִבְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמִן־הַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכָם אֲשֶׁר יָצוּד צֵיד חַיָּה אוֹ־עוֹף אֲשֶׁר יֵאָכֵל וְשָׁפַךְ אֶת־דָּמוֹ וְכִסָּהוּ בֶּעָפָר׃

יג

13

And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that taketh in hunting any beast or fowl that may be eaten, he shall pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.

כִּי־נֶפֶשׁ כָּל־בָּשָׂר דָּמוֹ בְנַפְשׁוֹ הוּא וָאֹמַר לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל דַּם כָּל־בָּשָׂר לֹא תֹאכֵלוּ כִּי נֶפֶשׁ כָּל־בָּשָׂר דָּמוֹ הִוא כָּל־אֹכְלָיו יִכָּרֵת׃

יד

14

For as to the life of all flesh, the blood thereof is all one with the life thereof; therefore I said unto the children of Israel: Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh; for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof; whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

וְכָל־נֶפֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר תֹּאכַל נְבֵלָה וּטְרֵפָה בָּאֶזְרָח וּבַגֵּר וְכִבֶּס בְּגָדָיו וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם וְטָמֵא עַד־הָעֶרֶב וְטָהֵר׃

טו

15

And every soul that eateth that which dieth of itself, or that which is torn of beasts, whether he be home-born or a stranger, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even; then shall he be clean.

וְאִם לֹא יְכַבֵּס וּבְשָׂרוֹ לֹא יִרְחָץ וְנָשָׂא עֲוֹנוֹ׃ פ

טז

16

But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh, then he shall bear his iniquity.

Leviticus 18:26-30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אַתֶּם אֶת־חֻקֹּתַי וְאֶת־מִשְׁפָּטַי וְלֹא תַעֲשׂוּ מִכֹּל הַתּוֹעֵבֹת הָאֵלֶּה הָאֶזְרָח וְהַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכְכֶם׃

כו

26

Ye therefore shall keep My statutes and Mine ordinances, and shall not do any of these abominations; neither the home-born, nor the stranger that sojourneth among you--

כִּי אֶת־כָּל־הַתּוֹעֵבֹת הָאֵל עָשׂוּ אַנְשֵׁי־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵיכֶם וַתִּטְמָא הָאָרֶץ׃

כז

27

for all these abominations have the men of the land done, that were before you, and the land is defiled--

וְלֹא־תָקִיא הָאָרֶץ אֶתְכֶם בְּטַמַּאֲכֶם אֹתָהּ כַּאֲשֶׁר קָאָה אֶת־הַגּוֹי אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵיכֶם׃

כח

28

that the land vomit not you out also, when ye defile it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.

כִּי כָּל־אֲשֶׁר יַעֲשֶׂה מִכֹּל הַתּוֹעֵבוֹת הָאֵלֶּה וְנִכְרְתוּ הַנְּפָשׁוֹת הָעֹשֹׂת מִקֶּרֶב עַמָּם׃

כט

29

For whosoever shall do any of these abominations, even the souls that do them shall be cut off from among their people.

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם׃ פ

ל

30

Therefore shall ye keep My charge, that ye do not any of these abominable customs, which were done before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

Numbers 15:14-31

וְכִי־יָגוּר אִתְּכֶם גֵּר אוֹ אֲשֶׁר־בְּתוֹכְכֶם לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם וְעָשָׂה אִשֵּׁה רֵיחַ־נִיחֹחַ לַיהוָה כַּאֲשֶׁר תַּעֲשׂוּ כֵּן יַעֲשֶׂה׃

יד

14

And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever may be among you, throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

הַקָּהָל חֻקָּה אַחַת לָכֶם וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר חֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם כָּכֶם כַּגֵּר יִהְיֶה לִפְנֵי יְהוָה׃

טו

15

As for the congregation, there shall be one statute both for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you, a statute for ever throughout your generations; as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.

תּוֹרָה אַחַת וּמִשְׁפָּט אֶחָד יִהְיֶה לָכֶם וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר אִתְּכֶם׃ פ

טז

16

One law and one ordinance shall be both for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.

וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר׃

יז

17

And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:

דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם בְּבֹאֲכֶם אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי מֵבִיא אֶתְכֶם שָׁמָּה׃

יח

18

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When ye come into the land whither I bring you,

וְהָיָה בַּאֲכָלְכֶם מִלֶּחֶם הָאָרֶץ תָּרִימוּ תְרוּמָה לַיהוָה׃

יט

19

then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall set apart a portion for a gift unto the LORD.

רֵאשִׁית עֲרִסֹתֵכֶם חַלָּה תָּרִימוּ תְרוּמָה כִּתְרוּמַת גֹּרֶן כֵּן תָּרִימוּ אֹתָהּ׃

כ

20

Of the first of your dough ye shall set apart a cake for a gift; as that which is set apart of the threshing-floor, so shall ye set it apart.

מֵרֵאשִׁית עֲרִסֹתֵיכֶם תִּתְּנוּ לַיהוָה תְּרוּמָה לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם׃ ס

כא

21

Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the LORD a portion for a gift throughout your generations.

וְכִי תִשְׁגּוּ וְלֹא תַעֲשׂוּ אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוֹת הָאֵלֶּה אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה׃

כב

22

And when ye shall err, and not observe all these commandments, which the LORD hath spoken unto Moses,

אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אֲלֵיכֶם בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה מִן־הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה וָהָלְאָה לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם׃

כג

23

even all that the LORD hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the LORD gave commandment, and onward throughout your generations;

וְהָיָה אִם מֵעֵינֵי הָעֵדָה נֶעֶשְׂתָה לִשְׁגָגָה וְעָשׂוּ כָל־הָעֵדָה פַּר בֶּן־בָּקָר אֶחָד לְעֹלָה לְרֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ לַיהוָה וּמִנְחָתוֹ וְנִסְכּוֹ כַּמִּשְׁפָּט וּשְׂעִיר־עִזִּים אֶחָד לְחַטָּת׃

כד

24

then it shall be, if it be done in error by the congregation, it being hid from their eyes, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt-offering, for a sweet savour unto the LORD--with the meal-offering thereof, and the drink-offering thereof, according to the ordinance--and one he-goat for a sin-offering.

וְכִפֶּר הַכֹּהֵן עַל־כָּל־עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְנִסְלַח לָהֶם כִּי־שְׁגָגָה הִוא וְהֵם הֵבִיאוּ אֶת־קָרְבָּנָם אִשֶּׁה לַיהוָה וְחַטָּאתָם לִפְנֵי יְהוָה עַל־שִׁגְגָתָם׃

כה

25

And the priest shall make atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and they shall be forgiven; for it was an error, and they have brought their offering, an offering made by fire unto the LORD, and their sin-offering before the LORD, for their error.

וְנִסְלַח לְכָל־עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכָם כִּי לְכָל־הָעָם בִּשְׁגָגָה׃ ס

כו

26

And all the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; for in respect of all the people it was done in error.

וְאִם־נֶפֶשׁ אַחַת תֶּחֱטָא בִשְׁגָגָה וְהִקְרִיבָה עֵז בַּת־שְׁנָתָהּ לְחַטָּאת׃

כז

27

And if one person sin through error, then he shall offer a she-goat of the first year for a sin-offering.

וְכִפֶּר הַכֹּהֵן עַל־הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַשֹּׁגֶגֶת בְּחֶטְאָה בִשְׁגָגָה לִפְנֵי יְהוָה לְכַפֵּר עָלָיו וְנִסְלַח לוֹ׃

כח

28

And the priest shall make atonement for the soul that erreth, when he sinneth through error, before the LORD, to make atonement for him; and he shall be forgiven,

הָאֶזְרָח בִּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכָם תּוֹרָה אַחַת יִהְיֶה לָכֶם לָעֹשֶׂה בִּשְׁגָגָה׃

כט

29

both he that is home-born among the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them: ye shall have one law for him that doeth aught in error.

וְהַנֶּפֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר־תַּעֲשֶׂה בְּיָד רָמָה מִן־הָאֶזְרָח וּמִן־הַגֵּר אֶת־יְהוָה הוּא מְגַדֵּף וְנִכְרְתָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא מִקֶּרֶב עַמָּהּ׃

ל

30

But the soul that doeth aught with a high hand, whether he be home-born or a stranger, the same blasphemeth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

כִּי דְבַר־יְהוָה בָּזָה וְאֶת־מִצְוָתוֹ הֵפַר הִכָּרֵת תִּכָּרֵת הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא עֲוֹנָה בָהּ׃ פ

לא

31

Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken His commandment; that soul shall utterly be cut off, his iniquity shall be upon him.

Numbers 19:10

וְכִבֶּס הָאֹסֵף אֶת־אֵפֶר הַפָּרָה אֶת־בְּגָדָיו וְטָמֵא עַד־הָעָרֶב וְהָיְתָה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכָם לְחֻקַּת עוֹלָם׃

י

10

And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even; and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.

Joshua 20:9

אֵלֶּה הָיוּ עָרֵי הַמּוּעָדָה לְכֹל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכָם לָנוּס שָׁמָּה כָּל־מַכֵּה־נֶפֶשׁ בִּשְׁגָגָה וְלֹא יָמוּת בְּיַד גֹּאֵל הַדָּם עַד־עָמְדוֹ לִפְנֵי הָעֵדָה׃ פ

ט

9

These were the appointed cities for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth any person through error might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation.

Ezekiel 14:6-8

לָכֵן אֱמֹר אֶל־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה שׁוּבוּ וְהָשִׁיבוּ מֵעַל גִּלּוּלֵיכֶם וּמֵעַל כָּל־תּוֹעֲבֹתֵיכֶם הָשִׁיבוּ פְנֵיכֶם׃

ו

6

Therefore say unto the house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord GOD: Return ye, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

כִּי אִישׁ אִישׁ מִבֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וּמֵהַגֵּר אֲשֶׁר־יָגוּר בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִנָּזֵר מֵאַחֲרַי וְיַעַל גִּלּוּלָיו אֶל־לִבּוֹ וּמִכְשׁוֹל עֲוֹנוֹ יָשִׂים נֹכַח פָּנָיו וּבָא אֶל־הַנָּבִיא לִדְרָשׁ־לוֹ בִי אֲנִי יְהוָה נַעֲנֶה־לּוֹ בִּי ׃

ז

7

For every one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that separateth himself from Me, and taketh his idols into his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet, that he inquire for him of Me--I the LORD will answer him by Myself,

וְנָתַתִּי פָנַי בָּאִישׁ הַהוּא וַהֲשִׂמֹתִיהוּ לְאוֹת וְלִמְשָׁלִים וְהִכְרַתִּיו מִתּוֹךְ עַמִּי וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָה׃ ס

ח

8

and I will set My face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 44:9

כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כָּל־בֶּן־נֵכָר עֶרֶל לֵב וְעֶרֶל בָּשָׂר לֹא יָבוֹא אֶל־מִקְדָּשִׁי לְכָל־בֶּן־נֵכָר אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

ט

9

Thus saith the Lord GOD: No alien, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter into My sanctuary, even any alien that is among the children of Israel.

Ezekiel 47:21-23

וְחִלַּקְתֶּם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת לָכֶם לְשִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

כא

21

So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel.

וְהָיָה תַּפִּלוּ אוֹתָהּ בְּנַחֲלָה לָכֶם וּלְהַגֵּרִים הַגָּרִים בְּתוֹכְכֶם אֲשֶׁר־הוֹלִדוּ בָנִים בְּתוֹכְכֶם וְהָיוּ לָכֶם כְּאֶזְרָח בִּבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אִתְּכֶם יִפְּלוּ בְנַחֲלָה בְּתוֹךְ שִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

כב

22

And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you and to the strangers that sojourn among you, who shall beget children among you; and they shall be unto you as the home-born among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.

וְהָיָה בַשֵּׁבֶט אֲשֶׁר־גָּר הַגֵּר אִתּוֹ שָׁם תִּתְּנוּ נַחֲלָתוֹ נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה׃ ס

כג

23

And it shall come to pass, that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord GOD.


But Doesn't The New Testament
Override/Supercede The Tanach
Concerning The Goyim (Gentiles)?
("since you are not under law but under grace." — Romans 6:14b)

In practice, we have observed that among "Bible Believers" (aka fundamentalist "Christians") in North America that they consider the writings of the New Testament to be sacred to the point of idolatry.

As such, to them it is "sacrilegious" to question their texts!

Not only have we observed that they do not question their own texts, but they necessarily apply them to supersede the authority of the Torah given to Moses.

We do not want to imply that we think these people are stupid or that they are insincere in their faith, but rather we want to express that we believe that they hold their texts in such high esteem that to them they cannot be questioned and even they treat them as superior to the Hebrew Scriptures in practice!

However, we do regard the adherence to this practice to be lazy.

To us, lazy exegesis causes them to just accept the tenets of their sacred writings (which they call Scripture) so much so that oftentimes they will simply disregard the Hebrew Scriptures, especially for very fundamental and essential dogmas of their faith!


As a case–in–point, we would like to look again at a sub–set of a passage we quoted above as our first reference to those strangers who sojourn with Israel (Exodus 12:48-29).

תּוֹרָה אַחַת יִהְיֶה לָאֶזְרָח וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכְכֶם׃

One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.'

Exodus 12:48-49

וְכִי־יָגוּר אִתְּךָ גֵּר וְעָשָׂה פֶסַח לַיהוָה הִמּוֹל לוֹ כָל־זָכָר וְאָז יִקְרַב לַעֲשֹׂתוֹ וְהָיָה כְּאֶזְרַח הָאָרֶץ וְכָל־עָרֵל לֹא־יֹאכַל בּוֹ׃

מח

48

And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

תּוֹרָה אַחַת יִהְיֶה לָאֶזְרָח וְלַגֵּר הַגָּר בְּתוֹכְכֶם׃

מט

49

One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.'


We acknowledge that regarding the above passage and similar ones in the Hebrew Scriptures, Bible Believers/Christians will use the texts centering on the teachings of Paul (which include the writings of "Luke", his disciple, follower, biographer, friend) to validate the practice of their beliefs.

Particularly, Acts chapter 15 speaks about circumcision, which the passage in Exodus makes clear is required for those who wish to partake of the Passover!

Interestingly, the Christian practice of The Lord's Supper, aka communion, which is taken from passages regarding when Yeshua and His Talmidim partook of the Passover meal, and therefore to them considered as equivalent; that no consideration is ever given regarding passages in the Hebrew Scriptures like the Exodus 12 text where anything is required of them!


Acts Chapter 15:1-21 (ESV):

1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.
3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.
4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.
5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”
6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.
10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
13 After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.
14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name.
15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,

16 “‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,
17 that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things
18 known from of old.’

19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God,
20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.
21 For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”


It is as in texts like this one from Acts that we see laziness where essential dogmas have been established in Christianity!

We believe that it has to do with one not questioning his or her own tightly held beliefs and even using simple rules of observation to understand or desire to understand truth!

To wit, in other accounts in the book Acts, actual salient quotes from the Tanach are referenced, whereas the references in Acts 15:16-18, though important in the scheme of things, do not provide evidence to verify and validate the stated judgment regarding the very important issue of circumcism by the said Jerusalem council which Paul and Barnabas purportedly were the bi-directional messengers!

In other words, to us Acts 15 is one of the subtle passages we seriously doubt ever took place, although it is accepted essentially universally by all of Christianity as true (and unquestioned)!

We think it rather preposterous that the direct Talmidim (disciples) of Yeshua Himself, who elsewhere are shown to quote salient passages from the Hebrew Scriptures, but here in Acts 15 do not quote any of the common passages such as Exodus 12 regarding circumcism!


In practice, Acts 15 speaks directly regarding the governance of the goyim in association with Israel, particularly regarding circumcism.

Because of the plethora of Hebrew Scriptural passages that discuss how that "the stranger that sojourneth among you" should conduct their lives among you, some of which we have quoted on this page, and because the writer of the book of Acts has elsewhere provided good references where internal validation is warranted (such as Acts 2:16ff); yet, in this passage appears to have conveniently disregarded that practice; this appears to us as purposeful, with an end result to have persuaded the many in contradiction to and subversion of the authority of the Hebrew Scriptures regarding the very important issue of circumcism for the stranger that sojourneth among you!


To us,
where any writings in the New Testament
contravene the teachings
of the Hebrew Scriptures,
they also contravene the authority
of Mashiach of Israel,
Yeshua Himself!

Yet, in a very poignant example, Paul speaks regarding the authority of the Torah (King James renders as "law"):

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
[Romans 6:14 KJV]

Contrast Paul's seminal teaching with that of Yeshua Himself:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
[Matthew 5:17-20 KJV]


Ezekiel 44:9
"No Foreigner Who Is Uncircumcised In Heart Or Flesh ..."

כֹּה־אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה כָּל־בֶּן־נֵכָר עֶרֶל לֵב וְעֶרֶל בָּשָׂר לֹא יָבוֹא אֶל־מִקְדָּשִׁי לְכָל־בֶּן־נֵכָר אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

"Thus says the Lord God: No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, shall enter my sanctuary."


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