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Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness makes goodness much more serviceable. 


"The LORD said to Abram Go forth from your native land and from your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you shall be a blessing, a standard by which blessing is invoked. I will bless those who bless you and curse him who curses you; and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you." [Genesis (Berepooh) 12. 1 - 3 Tanakh, Torah] 


As far as we know, all people were Gentiles (Hebrew: goy/goyim) until the days of Abraham, but with Abraham the Hebrew race began.  These descendants of Abraham (thru Isaac) developed into 12 tribes called Israelites, named after Abram's grandson, Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel).   {In Judaism there is a custom called "Shinnuy ha'Shem (change of name)" also see Genesis/Bereshith 32. 28}  One of Jacob's (Israel) sons was called Judah, who was the first Jew. [However, Israel is often referred to as Judah or Jew in SCRIPTURE — Paul was of the tribe of Benjamin which tribe is classed with the Jews, yet he says — "I am an Israelite of the tribe of Benjamin." Romans 11.1]   All who are not the natural descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob are called Gentiles, whatever their nationality may be. 


The word "goy" in the HEBREW SCRIPTURES is generally translated nation, heathen, gentile and literally means any nation including the nation of Israel!   In one particular instance Israel is called "Goy" by CREATOR GOD HIMSELF:  When HE promised Abraham HE would make of him a great nation, the word used here for nation is goy!  Today, however, the word goy (Gentile) has acquired the meaning referring to anybody who is not a Jew. 


GOD ALMIGHTY declares both Jews and Gentiles to be sinners.  "ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD" [Romans 3. 23] — is one of the many statements concerning this fact.  Therefore the Jew standing before the LORD OF GLORY is the same as any Gentile.  He is just as "lost" as any Gentile who rejects the SAVIOR.  GOD commands that all repent from their sins, be converted and turn to HIM.  Jewish persons who are not religious as well as those who are following the practices of TALMUDIC Judaism today must be converted even as Gentiles must be converted who are observing religious activities but are not following the faith of the NEW COVENANT.  "What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin." [Romans 3. 9] "As it is written There is none righteous, no, not one...There is no fear of GOD before their eyes." [Romans 3. 10, 18] 


HOLY GOD OMNIPOTENT is calling out a people from among both Jews and Gentiles to be in the CONGREGATION OF THE LORD.  When a Jew becomes a believer in MESSIAH Y’SHUA, he automatically enters into the NEW COVENANT relationship with GOD.  Gentiles also find GOD through this NEW COVENANT and so the wall between Jew and Gentile is thereby removed. 


As before stated,  a Jew is a lineal descendant of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.  He does not cease to be a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when he believes and accepts Y’SHUA as the JEWISH MESSIAH.  He is still a Jew genealogically.  This does not make him a Gentile, but instead he becomes a better Jew, a fulfilled, completed, GOD-fearing, GOD-honoring Jew. 


A Gentile is one who is not a descendant of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.  He does not become a Jew by believing and accepting the JEWISH MESSIAH Y’SHUA, but enters into the NEW COVENANT with the Jewish believers and also becomes a better Gentile, a fulfilled, completed, GOD-fearing, GOD-honoring Gentile. 


The NEW COVENANT teaches that true CHRIST-like-ones (distinctive ones, pleasant, loving, good, easy to get along with, kindly, benevolent, excellent, gracious, generous, etc.) from both the Jewish and Gentile ranks, are the NEW COVENANT believers of Jeremiah 31:31-34. 


"Just as Abraham believed GOD, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that GOD would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the GOSPEL to Abraham beforehand, saying In you all the nations shall be blessed. So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham." [Galatians 3. 6 - 9] 


Notice that the Galatians Gentiles never were called Jews; they were called "sons of Abraham."  The truth in the forgoing SCRIPTURE verses is concerning the "Faith" of Abraham and all those who have that same faith are considered righteous along with him.  {Abraham was before Moses so then did not observe the Mosaic Law to be righteous. The Covenant with Abraham [Genesis/Bereshith 12. 1 – 3] is to be distinguished from the OLD COVENANT with Israel. [Exodus/Shemot 19. 1–5]  The ABRAHAMIC COVENANT is still valid and applicable today. The Law of Moses was added several hundred years later but it did not disannul the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. The Mosaic Law was not invalidated with the Cross, and the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT is still in effect. [Galatians 3. 17]} 


Because Gentile believers are called the sons of Abraham by faith in SCRIPTURE, does not make them spiritual JEWS.   Remember, not all the natural children of Abraham are Jews.  Arabs are not classed as Jews, yet they are the natural descendants of Abraham!  So it is in the CHRISTian realm.  It is not enough to be a child of Abraham to make one a Jew!  Gentiles who are of Abraham's "seed" are not made Jews by their faith but do become partakers in the blessings of the JEWISH COVENANTS.  They become spiritual Gentiles and are called heirs according the promise"And if you are CHRIST'S then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." [Galatians 3. 29] 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
O KING, HELPER, SAVIOR & PROTECTOR, blessed are YOU , O LORD, the SHIELD of Abraham. We give thanks to YOU for our lives which are in YOUR hand, for our souls which are ever in YOUR keeping, for YOUR wondrous providence and for YOUR continuous goodness, which YOU bestow upon us day by day. Truly, YOUR mercies never fail and YOUR loving-kindness never ceases. Therefore do we forever put our trust in YOU.  


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 



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