By Norman Mc Dermid
The most important gem of knowledge I have gained this hear, was the information given to me by the set apart Spirit, in this very assembly, about the stranger recorded in the Torah who wants to join up with the Israelites, and the Gentile recorded in the Brit Chadasha who is grafted into the olive tree, which is national Israel.
When I was young, there was a song on the hit parade called – “a stranger just a friend you do not know”. In Scripture this is exactly the way our God felt about the stranger. In fact, the stranger was to be shown kindness and respect and the Israelite was not allowed to hurt or persecute any stranger. The salvation plan for the world, was not exclusive to and only for the Israelite people, as can be seen, in Scripture, when Yahuah spoke to His people from Mount Horeb. There was a mixed multitude of people of other nationalities with them on that day who also accepted the covenant made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. A stranger was someone of another nationality, commonly referred to as gentile, and not part of the commonwealth of Israel and yet not at all exempt from the covenant. The stranger was able to join up with the Israelites and participate in the Sabbaths and all the Feasts of Yahuah.
The only prerequisite necessary for a family to join up with the Israelite was if all the male members of the family was to be circumcised in his private parts. The only prerequisite necessary for anyone to join up with and become part of the salvation plan devised by God from the beginning is by being circumcised in the heart. This will automatically gain that person access to the promises and to be grafted into this olive tree, which is in fact the nation of Israel. The thing about the stranger teaching is that once a person is circumcised in the heart and they have been grafted into the olive tree, then it is as if they are born among the Israelites. Our God says “thou shalt love him as thyself”. I have a verse to read,
Exodus 12:49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.