Can Gentiles Partake In Our Covenant Too?
From time to time, I will get emails from Gentiles, asking me how can they be forgiven for their sins since they are not Israelites. This is a good question and a topic that I have never written directly about on this site because all of my articles are specifically written for my people. For this reason, people who come across this site may assume that there is no hope for them, because there is no content on this site that is geared towards them. Therefore, I wanted to write an article on this subject, so that both the Gentiles and my fellow Israelites who read this blog can gain a biblical understanding on whether or not Gentiles can partake in our covenant. So join me as we journey through the word and find out this answer below.
What is a Gentile?
Due to over 100 years of indoctrination from the religion Christianity, both my people and other races have been deceived about who the Gentiles really are. It is traditionally taught in Christianity that the Jewish people are the true Israelites and that all other races of people are Gentiles; especially black people. But if you have read this blog for any amount of time, then you know for sure that this theology is beyond false. The truth is there are 2 different sets of Gentiles according to the bible; Non-Israelite Gentiles and Israelite Gentiles. However, before I began explaining who these Gentiles are, I need to first give you the Hebrew definition of what a Gentile is. As we know, the scriptures were originally written in Hebrew, by Hebrews; therefore, we need to know what they (the Hebrews) considered a Gentile to be, in order to have a concrete understanding of what a Gentile truly is.
The word Gentile in the bible is of Latin origin and was developed from the Hebrew word Goy, which simply means: a nation of people. And the Hebrew word Goyim means: nations of people. So generally speaking, a Gentile could be any nation of people. However, since the Israelites were the only people of YAH (Amos 3:2), they referred to other nations as Heathens and Pagans. Therefore, the term Gentile(s) in the bible, is always associated with non-Israelite nations of people, because they all pretty much practiced paganism. So in their day, if you were not an Israelite, you were a Gentile.
However, when the Northern kingdom of Israel (10 of the 12 tribes) went astray and start practicing the paganism of the other nations, YAH divorced them from being His people (Jeremiah 3:8), and they were scattered abroad among the Gentiles, and were therefore considered to be Gentiles by the remaining Israelites. This is why Yahusha came, to redeem the lost tribes of Israel (Matthew 15:24) and restore both Kingdoms to being one people again (Ephesians 2:13-16) . Therefore, after Yahusha’s death, the letters of the apostles were written to the Israelites that were cast off as Gentiles (James 1:1); informing them of the good news of Yahusha; which meant redemption back into the family of Israel (1 Peter 2:9-10).
Now that we know what a Gentile is, why the term Gentile is associated with pagans, and how a large portion of the Hebrews became Gentiles themselves; let’s see what is the redemption process for Gentiles that are non-Israelites.
How Can Gentiles Be Redeemed?
Since the torah is the foundation of our faith, let’s start there and see what was YAH’s requirement for Gentiles coming into the fold before the coming of the Messiah. When YAH established Israel as a nation of people, He said our duty was to be a priesthood to the nations (Exodus 19:5-6). Therefore, our role as YAH’s covenant people is to be a light for Him through living His Torah so that when other nationalities of people see His light shining within us, they will desire to take part in His covenant as well (Matthew 5:14-16). And according to (Leviticus 24:22), if a Gentile sees our light and decides to sojourn among us, we were to make him abide by the same laws as us.
As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger [Gentile] who sojourns with you, a perpetual statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before YAHUAH. One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.” – Numbers 15:15-16
So, from the very beginning of the Israelites as a nation, it was YAH’s law for us to allow Gentiles (other nations) to assemble with us — under the rule that they had to abide by the same laws as us. This meant that anyone who desired to fellowship with the Israelites in observing the Sabbath and our annual feast days, had to first be circumcised (Exodus 12:48). Circumcision of the flesh was the sign of entering into a marriage covenant with YAH (Genesis 17:9-14) as an outward expression of our hearts being circumcised to Him (Deuteronomy 10:12-17). And just as we had to get circumcised, so did the Gentiles who sojourned among us; because it symbolized that they had left their peoples culture for the Hebrew culture and were grafted into the covenant with us.
When the renewed covenant under Yahusha was established, the Gentiles that dwelt among the Israelites still had to be circumcised in that day too because the covenant with Abraham was and is still standing (Acts 16:3). However, before they were circumcised, they had to first have faith in Yahusha as being the son of YAH, the Messiah of Israel and began forsaking the idolatrous practices that they were involved in (Acts 15:20-29). Faith in Yahusha was first, then forsaking idolatry was second, then circumcision and obedience to the commandments and circumcision followed. Through faith in Yahusha and a willingness to be obedient to YAH’s commandments, the Gentiles were allowed to take part in the covenant with Israel.
However, the Gentiles that were grafted into the covenant did NOT replace the Israelites. The Israelites are the natural branches to the covenant (Romans 11:24) and all of the promises were made to them. The Gentiles were grafted in as wild branches (Romans 11:17-18) and they were subject to the laws and commandments of the Israelites. These Gentiles included: 1) the Israelites living among the Gentiles that had been previously divorced and 2) the true Gentiles that followed them in their belief in Yahusha. Although there was a distinct difference between the two, all who believed were grafted into the covenant; both the Israelites and the Gentiles. And just as it was done back then, so should it be done today.
How Should (Converted) Gentiles Be Treated?
Once a Gentile or someone of another race attaches themselves to us, we are commanded by YAH not to oppress them but to love them just as we love ourselves. There are many people today who teach against this and say that we are to oppress them as their people oppressed us, but this is against scripture. But let’s go to the word and see this for ourselves:
You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. – Exodus 23:9
YAH told the Israelites not to oppress the foreigners (Gentiles) because we too were oppressed by the Egyptians when were strangers in their land. Therefore, since they knew what it felt like to be oppressed, He commanded them not to oppress others. And this same message applies to us today. We as a people have been oppressed for the last 400 plus years and counting, so we shouldn’t oppress those who sojourn among us in following YAH because we know what it’s like to be oppressed ourselves.
Another reason YAH commanded us to do right by the Gentiles who sojourned with us is because we represent Him. We are Yah’s people by blood and birthright. This means that YAH’s name is on us. So the way we treat people of other races who convert to the faith is a reflection of YAH. Therefore, if we treat the (converted) Gentiles with love like they are family then they will view YAH as an Elohim of Love. But if we treat the (converted) Gentiles with hate and oppression, then they will view YAH as an Elohim of abuse. Therefore, we should show other people the same love that we show our own people, so that they can experience the same love that He has shown us.
“Also the foreigners who join themselves to YAHUAH, to serve Him, and to love the name of YAHUAH, To be His servants, everyone who keeps from profaning the Sabbath and holds fast My covenant; Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples. – Isaiah 56:6-7
Just as parents want their children to represent them right and make their name look good to the public, so does YAH want us as His children to represent Him right and make His name look good to other nationalities. And just as parents punish their children for misbehaving and making them look bad in front of others, so will YAH punish us for making Him look bad in front of the nations who convert to the faith.
Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who turn aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says YAHUAH of hosts. – Malachi 3:5
So in order to remain on YAH’s good side, we as YAH’s people are commanded to treat anyone who desires to enter into covenant with YAH, with the same love and respect that we treat our own people with. And the Gentiles that decide to attach themselves to us, are required to fully conform their life to the Torah and treat us with the same love that YAH commands us to treat them with; or YAH will cut them off (Romans 11:21-22). One law for everyone!
This subject is much deeper than what I have written above, but I wanted to keep it simple and short so that it can be understood by everyone. The overall point of this message is this: YAH’s covenant was only made with the natural born children of Israel. But anyone, regardless of nationality or race, can take part in YAH’s covenant with us, by being grafted in.
However, the truth of the matter is that most Gentiles are too prideful, arrogant and racist to divorce themselves from their culture and attach themselves to us and be our companions. They just can’t accept the fact that Yahusha was black and so are His people. Therefore, most Gentiles will not simply not make it into the Kingdom. But there will be a few who are able to humble themselves enough to repent. And this article is to you.
So if you are a Gentile reading this and would like to partake in YAH’s marriage covenant with us, then believe in YAH and His son Yahusha, confess your sins to Him, divorce yourself from your peoples culture, and attach yourself to the Israelites. And when YAH sends us back to our homeland, the future New Jerusalem, you will come out with us just as the Egyptians did in the first exodus (Exodus 12:38). I hope this message was edifying to the Gentiles as well as my people. Shalom!