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Mixed Multitudes

Physical Israel originated from "gentiles." Abraham, a key ancestor of Jesus Christ, was born in what is today Iraq (see Israel's Iraqi Roots). Two of the Israelite tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh (see also Why Did Jacob Adopt Ephraim And Manasseh?), originated from an Egyptian, the wife of Joseph. King David, another key ancestor of The Messiah, was descended from Ruth of Moab (see notes for Ruth 1-3 and Ruth 4), in what is today the Kingdom of Jordan. "Israel" isn't merely about physical ancestry; it's about worshipping and obeying the only true God. The same reality applies to spiritual Israel, the "called out ones" - which is the genuine meaning of "church."

"3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:26-29 KJV)

"And a mixed multitude went up also with them"

The Exodus included more than just "Israelites" (keeping in mind that every one of the people of Israel at that time had been born in Egypt after their four centuries there). It included "a mixed multitude" who also turned to the LORD i.e. to Christ (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament').

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"12:30 And Pharaoh [see Plagues Of The Pharaohs: Past and Future] rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

12:31 And he called for Moses [see The Master's Messenger and Moses' Return To Egypt ] and Aaron [see Aaron: The Prophet's Prophet] by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 12:32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. 12:34 And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: 12:36 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. 12:38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. 12:39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

12:40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. 12:42 It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations." (Exodus 12:30-42 KJV)

Obedience or disobedience to the LORD knows no physical boundaries of any sort. It wasn't just some of the Israelites who later rebelled in the desert; "the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting" also. Those who accept the LORD will be welcomed the same as Israelites; those who rebel will know the LORD's wrath the same as Israelites.

"11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. 11:2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched. 11:3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.

11:4 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic: 11:6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes." (Numbers 11:1-6 KJV)

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