“We’ve all heard that we’re “grafted in”, but just what does that mean exactly? To whom or what are we grafted in to? This teaching gives great insight to understanding that the believer in Christ is a true Israelite.” – 119 Ministries
Culture is the accepted norms, practices and beliefs that a certain group or society holds to. Culture is developed and changes over time. As one is brought up in a culture, the norms of that culture are ingrained into them. Ways of thinking, or ways of doing can simply become tradition because of our culture and background.
What is the culture of the Church today?
What is accepted because of tradition?
What is Truth?
Was the New Testament the first time YHVH provided for the Gentiles to be grafted in to Israel? Many would say this is the case, but is this based on tradition or Truth? Does the Church understand that it is Israel. Or do they believe they are a separate entity?
One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. (Exodus 12:49)
The same law applies to the home-born and the alien living among you. The law wasn’t just for the natural-born Israel. YHVH allowed the nations of Gentiles to be grafted in to Israel and to be counted the same as Israel with the same law. No differences.
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 Yahweh. (Numbers 15:15)
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in the Messiah Yahshua. (Galatians 3:28)
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Sovereign over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of Yahweh shall be saved.
Same rules for you and the native living among you. This was not a new concept. Since the Torah, the native living among the Israelites, willing to keep covenant and live as the Israelites, were grafted in to the same promise.
Yeshua rebuked the culture of the day. What was the culture? The teachings and traditions of men. That which was taught by the Pharisees and teachers of the Law. (Mark 7: 5-13)
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of Elohim, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of Elohim, that ye may keep your own tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother; Making the word of Elohim of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
As the ministry of the Disciples began in the book of Acts, we find the traditions of these teachers still around and causing problems.
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 Elohim hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. (Acts 10:28)
You will never find, in the Law of YHVH, a time when they were not to associate with a foreigner, especially a God-fearing foreigner that has left the nations to be an Israelite. Throughout the Scriptures we see non-Hebrew people joining in and becoming a part of Israel.
- Ruth was from Moab
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy Elohim my Elohim: (Ruth 1:16)
- Rahab was a prostitute from Jericho who aided the spies, not only was grafted in to Israel but is listed in the lineage of Yeshua!!
and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, (Matthew 1:5)
These women were grafted in to Israel long before Romans 11 was ever written.
God has always provided for anyone who chooses Him. The same blessings that are for natural Israel, in being obedient to His Law, is also afforded to those who are once Gentiles (out of covenant)
What establishes people as God’s children? Is it being in the lineage of Abraham? No.
But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, (Romans 9:6)
Just because you are of the natural seed of Abraham, doesn’t mean you are of the spiritual seed. It has always been this way. It is those who live in the faith and obedience of Abraham. Remember, it is not faith alone.
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”–and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.(James 2:21-24)
- Word – seed
- Faith – root
- Obedience – fruit
That thou shouldest enter into covenant with Yahweh thy Elohim, and into his oath, which Yahweh thy Elohim maketh with thee this day: That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee an Elohim, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Deuteronomy 29:12-13
Those who walk in His covenant are those who are established as His people. It’s not because you may be from the lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but rather, you live the way they live. In their faith, in their obedience. Those who walk in His covenant are those He calls His children.
Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; But with him that standeth here with us this day before Yahweh our Elohim, and also with him that is not here with us this day:
Yeshua said He did not come to abolish the Law. Why? Because it’s for us as well. For Israel. Technically God’s Law is not for the nations or Gentiles (out of covenant people) When we leave the nations, we join Israel.
- The One Body
- The One Holy Nation
- Then we Live by the one Law
In the faith, we are no longer Gentiles. Gentiles by natural birth, yes. But no longer a Gentile in the eyes of God. That is why we are to follow Yeshua’s example in obedience to the Law. We are established as His children in our faith and it is through our obedience of that faith that we prove we are His children.
Like kind produces like kind. The same seed that was in Yeshua is the same seed, the Word, that is to be in us by our faith. The proof of that seed being in us is in the fruit that we produce. It has never been about lineage. It has always been about the faith and the walk that came from that lineage.
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (Galatians 3:7)
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; That at that time ye were without the Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without Yahweh in the world: But now in the Messiah Yahshua ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of the Messiah. (Ephesians 2:11-13)
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of Elohim; (Ephesians 2:18-19)
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Yahweh: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:10)
Thus making us a part of Israel just like Ruth and Rahab. We are called to come out of the nations (Gentiles) and into His holy, set apart, nation. It really is that simple.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:9)
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exodus 19:6)
Nothing has changed. The New Testament is only giving us what was established in the Old Testament.
Another example is the mixed multitude of the Egyptians, alien, foreigner and natural-born Hebrews that left Egypt and collectively referred to themselves as Israel, the Holy Nation.
And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. (Exodus 12:38)
We are all one nation, one body.
And let the peace of the Messiah rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
What body is this referring to?
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in the Messiah by the good news: (Ephesians 3:6)
There is only one body, so there is no such thing as the Church and Israel in the sense of being separate. Believing Israel is the Church and Gentiles are grafted in. This is what all the Scripture teaches.
Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, Yahweh hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. (Isaiah 56:3)
It wasn’t call the “church” in the Old Testament.
It was called “qahal” : “assembly”
“Church” : “Ekklesia” GREEK
“Ekklesia” actually means “congregation” “assembly”
Perfect parallel between Old and New Testament.
Many doctrines have been built on the false premise that Israel is not the Church and the Church is not Israel. A closer examination of Scripture proves this wrong!
Stephen is defending himself against not speaking or practicing the Law of Moses…
This is he (Moses), that was in the assembly (Greek “Ekklesia” – Church in most translations) in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us: (Acts 7:38)
Stephen is clearly referring to Israel in the wilderness as the church.
The Septuagant (Greek translation of Old Testament) uses “Ekklesia” to refer to Israel.
It would be hundreds of years later that the theological interpretive framework of dividing the Church and Israel would be invented and taught. Even tho it is contrary to the teaching of the Scriptures, it would spread and become knows as dispensationalism.
If believers today would grasp hold of this and see that there is no difference between Old Testament and New Testament terminology, then we would truly understand that we are Israel.
It must be noted that there is a difference between physical Israel and spiritual Israel.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for Elohim is able to graft them in again. (Romans 11:23)
Some of Israel has been cut off because of unbelief. Are they still Israel? Yes. But not the spiritual Israel as intended from the beginning. It’s just as in the days of the first generation under Moses.
For we are made partakers of the Messiah, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:14-19)
Note that lack of faith was the reason.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the good news preached, as well as unto them:(Hebrews 4:1)
The good news they heard was that anyone could come to Abba in faith and obedience. So what happened to them?
but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it (Hebrews 4:1)
YHVH is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His standards remain the same. Regardless of what the culture around us may be saying. If you are born again, you are an Israelite and no longer of the Gentiles.
For so long we have been taught, because of tradition, that we are not given the same instructions as the Israelites because we are foreign Gentiles. Can we really continue to believe this!?
Now that we know we are Israel should we not do what Israel is commanded in the Word of God?
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Sovereign over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (Romans 10:12)
How many of us have been taught that the Jews rejected Messiah and now YHVH is building His Church through the Gentiles. Not only this, but that YHVH did away with the instruction (the Law) and now it is only by faith. And now those that want to come into the Kingdom do so by joining the Gentiles. Clearly wrong!
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of Yahweh, which liveth and abideth for ever. (1 Peter 1:23)
The imperishable seed is not that of the lineage of Abraham, but rather of the Word. Israel has always been those who walked in His covenant by faith.
So remember, we are Israel. And Abba tells us that we are his treasured people if we keep his covenant.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. (Exodus 19:5-6)
Pastor’s quote: “And we discovered under this God ordained covenant of Levitical law, mankind does not have what it takes to pull off God’s desired results.” This could not be further from the truth!
For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. (Deuteronomy 30:11)
How unfair would it be for God to judge His people for not keeping the covenant, if it was too hard to keep in the first place?
And when Moses had finished speaking all these words to all Israel, he said to them, ‘Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.‘ (Deuteronomy 32:45-47)
Yet they have become idle words in the eyes of the church today. They are no longer the life of the church today. The church believer today, has tossed them aside even tho they are the very life of Yeshua himself. He is our example, not our excuse. He has grafted us in to follow His perfect example and to walk as a citizen of heaven not of the nations.
If you have given your life to Messiah, you are Israel.
Walking in the covenant is not your salvation, it is the fruit of your salvation!
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