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Friday, February 6 2015
Psalm 77: What Are Gentiles Doing In Israel?
"Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph"
The English-language word "gentile" originated from a Latin word, gentilis, which meant origin (the words genesis and genealogy originated from the same root word). It was in principle later combined with the Latin word nativus which also meant origin, but further to describe the nativity (place of birth, being a native of a place) of a people i.e. their "nation."
"Gentile" is used to translate the actual Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced go-ee, which meant nation i.e. people that originated from a common ancestor (the very same way that the people of Israel originated from a man named Israel). Although it literally means any nation, it came to be abbreviated by Israelites from "the other nations" to "the nations" - as though Israel itself was not a "nation."
The true Gospel was not merely later taken to the Gentiles in the time of the apostles. The Gospel originated with the "Gentiles." Abraham was not an Israelite or a Jew (none existed yet in the time of Abraham). Abraham was an Iraqi who would today be regarded as a Gentile by Jews - but Abraham knew and understood the Gospel of the coming Messiah and the Kingdom of God because the promise was plainly and specifically declared to him and his "seed" (see also The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq).
"22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." (Genesis 22:18 KJV)
Abraham's journey from Iraq to the land of Canaan was completed in two stages. Abraham went first from Iraq to Syria within a larger family group, where part of them remained and settled (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram). Abraham then completed the second part of the journey from Syria to the land of Canaan (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan).
The tribes of Israel originated from the sons of Jacob, who the LORD later renamed as Israel. The tribal patriarchs, including Judah, were born in Syria, from four Iraqi-Syrian mothers (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria), before "Israel" existed (his name was changed after he left Syria; see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel). If that family of Jacob existed today in Syria, exactly as it did then, Jews would call them Gentiles.
The other two tribal patriarchs, Ephraim and Manasseh, were actually the sons of Jacob / Israel's son Joseph (who, as explained, was born in Syria, of an Iraqi-Syrian mother, before Jacob even became known as Israel). Ephraim and Manasseh were born in Egypt, of an Egyptian mother, 400 years before the Israelites left Egypt to create a country known as Israel. Jacob adopted his two grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, as sons - thereby making them equal to their father and uncles in the family structure (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh). But again, if that family of Jacob existed today in Egypt, exactly as it did then, Jews would call them Gentiles.
Most of the world, and Jews themselves (the "lost ten tribes" have even lost sight of themselves; see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism), have lost sight and awareness of what "gentile" really means - resulting in a very shallow and often-times arrogant view toward the very people from whom "Israel" was created. All because, in effect, "the other gentiles" was abbreviated and changed to "the gentiles."
King David understood that Israel, that was created from all nations, was a prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be created from all nations (see The Church: Mission Accomplished and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?' also What Did The Messiah Say About Gentiles?). David's own grandmother, Ruth, was a "gentile" from Moab (today the Arab Kingdom of Jordan; see Ruth: Building The House Of Israel).
The other writers of the Holy Scriptures all knew it too because they wrote by means of the Holy Spirit - which inspires the whole Truth. They all realized the full and genuine meaning of "Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph."
"77:1 To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.
This Day In History, February 6
1215: Japanese emperor Hojo Tokimasa died.
1515: Aldus Manutius, Italian editor and printer, died. He printed the first "paperbacks" and invented italics.
1626: Huguenot rebels and the French signed the Peace of La Rochelle.
1685: Charles II, king of Great Britain and Ireland, died. James II became the new king.
1695: Ahmed II, Ottoman sultan from 1691-1695, died at age 53. His reign was marked by the continuing war with "The Holy League" of Austria, Poland and Venice (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire; see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation, The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South, Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1778: The U.S. and France signed treaties that would permit, "without French interference," the U.S. to invade English areas of Canada (which happened during the War of 1812-1814 - the only attempted invasion of Canada in Canadian history) and Bermuda, while France would attempt to take the British West Indies.
France supported the breakaway of the New England colonies for their own predatory political reasons. France had no interest what-so-ever in anyone's "freedom" - as so many have been brainwashed into believing with mythical propaganda. When a minority of the New England colonists rebelled, France hypocritically maintained an oppressive grip on its own French colonies in Louisiana and what is today eastern Canada. Their sole intent was to break England's military connection to the colonies that England created in New England so that France could invade and take them over for itself. The plan was not carried out only because Napoleon Bonaparte's imperial wars in Europe squandered the French army.
1806: British naval forces defeated the French at the Battle of San Domingo in the Caribbean.
1840: New Zealand became a British colony with the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
1899: The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the U.S. Senate by one vote, ending the "Spanish-American" War. Spain ceded Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines to the U.S. for $20 million.
1922: Cardinal Achille Ratti was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XV as Pius XI.
1923: Edward Barnard died at age 66. He is considered to be the leading observational astronomer of his time; he discovered 16 comets and Jupiter's fifth moon, discovered "Barnard's Star" and published a catalog of dark nebula.
1933: The Nazi government of Adolf Hitler began news censorship in Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1934: Massive riots in Paris; the government of Edouard Daladier resigned.
1936: Adolf Hitler opened the Winter Olympics in Berlin.
1952: King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland died at age 57. He was succeeded by his 26 year old daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.
1958: An airplane carrying the Manchester United soccer team from the European Cup Match crashed on takeoff in Munich. 23 people were killed, including 8 members of the team and 8 journalists.
1964: France and Britain agreed on the joint construction of an English Channel tunnel.
2001: Ariel Sharon defeated Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Israel's election.