The Stranger and the Grafting process

I have been fortunate, to be one of a very fast growing number of people, to whom the truth has finally been told. I feel that it is my duty to expose a few lies which we have been told. The first lie begins when we turn one year old. Our Christian parents, meaning well, of course, present us with a cake, with a single candle in the middle, to celebrate our birthday. Next year the same thing happens – a cake with candles showing the accumulating years of our life. Sooner or later we are also told about Jesus who was born in a little town called Bethlehem but then died for us to save us from our sins. As we grow older we become familiar with these two occasions; when Jesus was born and then when He died. We are clearly beginning to get the idea and understand that this Jesus is a very important person so we love to celebrate Him on the day when he was born and the day when He died. So, when the time comes around every year for His birth to be celebrated we keep the feast of Christmas. And when the time comes around every year for His death to be celebrated we keep the feast of Easter. They don’t realize it, but our parents, lie to us. They have no idea that they have also been lied to, by their parents, since the fifth century after our savior’s death and ascension into heaven. I have discovered that the occasions which we hold dear, have got nothing to do with Jesus. The truth of the matter is that these celebrations are traditions which have been brought down from generation to generation. These traditions can more effectively be traced to pagan sun god worship of the mythologies of every nation in the world. These traditional feasts come from Babylon. The celebration of our birth date has got more to do with the zodiac which was created by the priests of sun god worship as a way of life to steer us away from the Jesus, who we learn about as being the way, the truth and the  life. We keep the feast of Christmas, on the 25th of December, to celebrate the birth of our savior. I have discovered that this is the birth date of all of the sun gods of the mythologies all over the earth, and that our savior has cunningly been put into the same category as these fictitious gods to disguise His Sovereignty and power. We keep the feast of Easter to celebrate the death of our savior. I have discovered that this feast is in actual fact kept to appease the queen of heaven by sacrificing human infants to her.

And something else – whether knowing or unknowing, the scribes of king James, have hidden the name of our savior for 2012 years. This truth has only recently been brought to the knowledge of the world. The fact of the matter is that our savior was a Jew of the tribe of Judah and His name is Yahushua.

I have had many arguments, in my efforts to coerce people, to stop this paradigm of pagan habit, and rather keep the feasts of the Lord, which are recorded in the scriptures and are rehearsals of shadow pictures of good things to come. But, like the Israelites of old, were called a stiff necked people, so too are we gentiles a stiff necked and hard headed people. I am always confronted with the fact – “we are not Jews”. I agreed with this attack because I did not have a strong enough counter to it. I am not Jewish either, but the feasts which they keep are not Jewish either. The scripture calls them feasts of the Lord, but this has no effect on anyone I speak to. Why shouldn’t we keep the feasts of the Lord, instead of these pagan Babylonian feasts. I have decided that I had to prove that the feasts were for Jews and gentiles alike. Then, our God’s set apart Spirit, led me to the old Testament which I prefer to call – Torah. As has been my custom, I join a few friends on the Sabbath, to read the portions given to be read in synagogues all over the world. I made the acquaintance of the “stranger” in the Torah scriptures. The word for stranger, which I want to concentrate on, in Hebrew is the word nekar. This word is pronounced – nay – kawr.

Before you read this presentation, please first read Isaiah 56: 1 – 8 to get a bit of       background, to where I’m going, with this idea.

Nay – kawr  =  stranger, foreigner, alien, sojourner, heathen or gentile.

As I said, the set apart Spirit, has brought to my attention that there is a significant parallel or shadow picture, between the stranger or foreigner or gentile of the covenant which our God made with the Israelite people and the true believer with whom Yahushua renews the covenant. In Jeremiah 31 you will see what the new covenant is.

The stranger, mentioned in scripture was in essence someone who was not of the seed of Abraham, and is a shadow picture of the true believer who is grafted into the olive tree. We know the parable but the Spirit showed me the significance of it. The olive tree is metaphoric language for National Israel.

The word “stranger” is recorded 125 times in the whole of the scriptures. We see the word used in various and different ways, besides in a sense that if a person leaves a country of birth and travels to another country, as was the case with Abram, then that person is a stranger in that country which he goes to. If they settle in that country and someone else comes into the area then those, who come in, are referred to as a stranger. Anyone who was not of the seed of Abraham was called a Nay–kawr.

The stranger was looked after very well in the time of the fledgling nation which was referred to as the seed of Abraham.

Exodus 22:21  Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

 Leviticus 19:34  But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

 This law was implemented after the exodus from Egypt, so by this we understand that the “stranger” was to be treated with respect and as if they were family – shall be unto you as one born among you and thou shalt love him as thyself.  It would appear that long before the law was given that this was a prominent concept in our Gods mind, “Thou shalt love thou neighbor as thyself”.There was no exclusivity in our God’s thinking, and this is made very clear to us when, at the mountain, our God made the covenant, not only with the Israelites but also with the mixed multitude of Nay–kawr who had traveled with them in their exodus from Egypt. These mixed multitudes were not of the seed of Abraham. We know that after time the Israelite people did not embrace the stranger the way their God wanted them to. This became especially apparent after the Assyrian and Babylonion exile, when a multitude of foreign people from Assyria and Medea (Iraq) were transported into Israel and these people got the name Samaritan. We see the dislike of the Samaritans in the parable where Yahshua clearly showed that there should be no racist tendencies between His children. “Love thy neighbor”, He said. He was only recalling to their attention the law made to include the stranger into their midst. This law of our God had been made null and void by the Israelite authorities who formed after the Babylonian exile and their return to Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah. It was Peter who proved this fact.

Act 10:28  And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

Our God never changed the law, and both Peter and Paul are witness to that fact, because both of them were given instruction concerning the stranger / gentile. This next scripture is very important. Our God is actually talking to Abraham but includes his seed, Isaac and Jacob. It was with them and their descendants that the covenant was originally made, but at Horeb, our God gave the commandments of the covenant to a mixed multitude of people as well as the Israelites. Everyone accepted the covenant. In other words, Israelites and foreigners /strangers /gentiles.

Genesis 17:8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

You will observe that in the book of Romans that we, the stranger (gentile or mixed multitude) are grafted into this nation called Israel (olive tree) – by grace so that we may also become part to the same covenant (I will expand on this point later). Our God wanted this new nation, which He was forming, to be an example to the rest of the world. We see this in Deuteronomy and Isaiah. The Israelites were to be a covenant for the people and a light for the gentile nations (strangers, foreigners, aliens, gentiles), who would come to know all the statutes and judgements of the Israelites and hold them in awe. In other words, they were to proselyte those who weren’t of the seed of Abraham. There is a saying among the Jews, “One that is made a proselyte is like a child new born”, born into the nation of Israel.

Deuteronomy 4: 5 & 6……. Moses said, “Behold I have taught you the statutes and judgments, even as the Lord (Yahuah) has commanded me (that you should do so in the land when you go and possess it). Keep them therefore (statutes and judgments) and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations (gentiles or strangers), which will come to know all these statutes and say – surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there which is so great, who has God so near to them, as Yahuah our God is – in all things that we call upon Him for”.

Isaiah 42: 6 & 7 we read…. “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open the eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

As you can see, the Israelites also had the job; to open the eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness”. To whom does this last piece of scripture refer? Nay – kawr. We can see the same thing in Isaiah 49: 6 and Acts 13:47, where Paul and Barnabus reprimand the Israelites for not doing this. By the way – isn’t this gospel message also – the gospel of releasing people from the darkness and transporting them into the light – the gospel of peace. Do you see a new covenant? No.

So we acknowledge that the stranger is accepted into the lives of the Israelite people and Isaiah confirmed it in…..56: 6, 7and 8, “Also the sons of the stranger who join themselves to Yahuah, to serve Him and to love the Name of Yahuah, to be His servants, all who guard the Sabbath and not profane it, and are holding on to My covenant – them shall I bring to My set apart mountain, and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their ascending offerings and their slaughterings are accepted on My slaughter place, for My house is called a house of prayer for all the peoples”.  The Lord Yahuah which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith,,” Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him”. Please take note, in passing, to be a servant of the Most High is to guard / keep the Sabbath and not profane it and also those who are holding onto His covenant. If we keep the Sabbath, we are doing the will of our God.Who do you think are “all the peoples”, in verse 7 and who are the “others”, in verse 8, who He will gather to Israel? Is it not us – the gentiles – stranger, foreigner, alien or sojourner?

Abram dwelt in Persia, in a city called Ur (of the Chaldeans), and after moving to Haran, he followed the instruction to leave that place and go to another place called Canaan. I’m sure he recognized the name, though he would be a stranger in that country. This was the sign of this new set apart nation brought about by the God who brought Abram to a land of milk and honey.

Gen 17:12  And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

From this verse we deduce that a stranger is some one who is not of the seed of the people, whom our God, chose to represent him to the whole world. In other words the stranger was a gentile not an Israelite. Let’s investigate the privileges of the Nay – kawr.

Sabbath

Exo 20:10  But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt do no  work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

This is the fourth commandment and notice please that the stranger is also commanded not to perform any menial tasks on the Sabbath, if they sojourn with the Israelites.

Passover

Exo 12:43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

Exo 12:45 A foreigner and a hired servant shall not eat thereof.

And here we hear that the hired servant is also in the same category as the stranger.

Lev 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

 This means that if a stranger wanted to live with the Israelites, they were welcome to do so but they were not allowed to take part in the feasts. But there is a loop hole for those who actually did want to join up.

Exo 12:48  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: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

Exo 12:49 One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

 These two verses are of utmost importance in this presentation. I am going to copy a portion over again – he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. If a stranger / foreigner / alien, wanted to keep the Passover, in other words join up with the Israelite people, the men folk had to be circumcised. Then and only then may they come forward and keep the Passover. But what is more profound, is that if they do then it will be regarded as if they are “born in the land”. This is terminology which means that the man who is circumcised, and his family, will be regarded as part of the Israelite nation.  In other words, “grafted in”. It means that they will keep all the other feasts which the Israelites keep. They will follow the same statutes and commandments as the Israelites, because (12:49) one law shall be to him that is home born and also unto the stranger who sojourneth (or lives) amongst you and thou shalt love him as thyself. It is very clear, that the feasts of our God, in those days, were not exclusive to the Israelite people. There is no racism in our God. When our God spoke to the Israelites from the mountain, the mixed multitude which followed the Israelites from Egypt were present. They also received the promises because “they were as one that was born in the land:  One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you”. I thought to myself – If it was this way then, why should it not be the same today, knowing perfectly well that to join now, one would need to only be circumcised in the heart. Being attentive to the Spirit is the exercise which circumcises our heart.

The other feasts.

Deu 16:11  And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

Although this is a general verse pertaining to the stranger, we are reminded that the stranger may also take part and enjoy themselves.

Lev 16:29 and this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you.

This is the feast of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, where every Israelite and every stranger living with them, is commanded to afflict their soul.

Farming laws

Lev 19:10 and thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

The Israelites were commanded not to glean the edges of their fields, but to leave this residue for the poor and the stranger (also for widows and orphans).

Sacred laws

Lev 24:16  And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the LORD, shall be put to death.

So… if there appeared a stranger who was blaspheming the name of their God, similar to what Goliath did, then they were to be put to death. Why? Because it is as if he is born in the land. The same law which applies to the Israelite also applies to the stranger/ gentile. Would you say that that was fair enough?

Num 3:10 and thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Oh! Oh! Although the stranger was allowed to participate in the lives of the Israelite, they were definitely not allowed anywhere near sacred places to perform any sacred tasks. I found a few verses which show that if a stranger / gentile wanted to join up with the Israelites of old, it was definitely possible.

Lev 24:22 ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.

Num 9:14  And if a stranger  shall sojourn among you, and will keep the pass over unto the LORD; according to the ordinance of the pass over, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.

Num 15:14  And if a stranger  sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

 

Num 15:15  One ordinance shall be both for you of the congregation, and also for the stranger  that sojourneth with you, an ordinance for ever in your generations: as ye are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.

You have read these same verses but in different books of the scripture…the same ordinance for the congregation of the Israelites is the same ordinance for the stranger.  Please note that it is an ordinance for ever (as the Hebrew word “olam” denotes in Num 15:15). As the Israelites were in the eyes of our God so too is the stranger before the LORD. Paul wrote the same information to the Galatians saying, “And if you be Messiah’s, then you are of Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise”.  Do you see any new covenant?

Num 15:30  But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Oh! Oh!  As you see, the stranger circumcised, would receive the same punishment as the Israelite (born in the land). Did you know that Ruth was a stranger? Remember she said to Naomi; “Your land is my land, your people are my people and your God will be my God”.

And when she came to Israel and met Boaz.    Rth 2:10  Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him (Boaz), Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

It’s no wonder that Boaz accepted Ruth. She couldn’t understand it but she knew that he was an honorable man and kept the statutes and judgments of his God. He also knew the rules which pertained to the stranger. This concept of the stranger is continued and taken into the renewed covenant and the first time it is brought to our attention is in Matthew 25.

Mat 25:35 For I was a hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.

It was the duty of the Israelites, to invite strangers traveling, to turn in for rest and refreshments. A stranger is someone we do not know, but just as the Israelite nation changed their attitude toward the stranger, so did we gentiles. We are weary of strangers. We have this Nimrod mentality which is taught to us by our parents, and more often than not – for good reason. The above verse is just a reminder that it wasn’t always like that. In conclusion we have discovered that the stranger/gentile is not exempt from the Israelite religion but invited. This indicates that the Israelite religion and their appointed holy days and feast days are not exclusive to Israelites alone but also to any person who wanted to join up with them. If you joined up with them, you became as one born in the land and the law that applied to them applied to you as well.

Let’s just jump across to the gospel of John where we see another stranger in form of the spiritual herdsman.

Joh 10:5 and a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Herdsmen throughout the world chase their herds ahead of them but Hebrew herdsmen lead their flock to where ever the grass and water is. Yahshua used this idea picture to explain that He is the shepherd and that those who know Him will follow Him as He leads them to better pasture (salvation). It is very profound that we read a variation of this concept in another verse.

Joh 5:43 I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. This is the stranger whose voice the sheep do not know.

We discover here that Israel had forgotten the voice of their shepherd and in the future it will bring dire consequences upon them in the time of the tribulation.But we are no more strangers. Paul gave this teaching to the Ephesians. We have both been made as “one”. Both are saved by grace.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Eph 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens  from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

 Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both – “one” (stranger and Israelite), and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.

 The above verse indicates to us that although we were not part of the commonwealth of Israel (olive tree) and the covenants of promise, having no hope and without a real living God, we are now brought closer by Yahshua, For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us. There is therefore now no difference between stranger and Israelite because we are now both family of the one and only true God. Our God does not see the wall of partition which once separated us.

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both (Stranger and Israelite) unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Eph 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

We (the Israelite and the stranger) both have access to the father through the son by the Spirit of the father and both of us may go boldly to the throne with our petitions. The stranger is a shadow picture of the concept of a believer being grafted into the olive tree, and (Exo 12:49) one law shall be to him that is home born and also unto the stranger who is circumcised in the “heart” and sojourns (or lives) amongst you.

 Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

I am of the opinion that the Israelite and the stranger, who believes is here referred to as the “election”. Those who don’t believe were blinded, whether they were Israelite or gentile.

Rom 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.

Rom 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

Rom 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

Rom 11:16 For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Rom 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Rom 11:19 Thou wilt say then, the branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.

This term “The branches were broken off”, pertains to those Israelites who died in unbelief (Heb 3 & 4). Their places are taken by strangers (gentiles) who accept Yahshua as Lord and savior. This concept does not only pertain to those who died in the wilderness but any other person subsequent who did not believe. In other words… thousands of Israelites were removed from the olive tree (Israel) to make way, for the strangers/true believers, to be grafted in.

Rom 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high minded, but fear:

Rom 11:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Rom 11:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

 It is obvious that our God has not ignored the stranger /gentile, and when the last gentile comes in, the salvation plan of our God will almost be over and He will send His Son to claim His bride. This will happen in your and my life time.

In conclusion then, a stranger, who wanted to become a part of the Israelite people, from the time of Moses, had to be circumcised in the flesh and he and his family were allowed to join up. He would keep the feasts as the Israelites did. The true believer who wants to join up with Yahshua by responding to Him knocking on the door of their heart will be accepted and grafted into the olive tree and become circumcised in the heart. And when that happens………     Exo 12)…………he shall be as one that is born in the land:  one law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourns among you.

Go ahead, be of good cheer – feel free to enjoy the feasts of the Lord.

Shalom………..

 

 

 

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