RESPONSE: So, only the Jews are allowed to be holy/set apart? The rest of the world can simply worship whomever and however they want? If so, why are there so many Jewish "counter-missionaries" who spend all their time bashing "Jesus" and Christianity?
How do you figure the “mixed multitude” of Egyptians who followed Moshe out of Egypt (Exodus 12:37-38 ) “became Jews”? Nowhere are we told they “became Jews!” And they certainly didn’t “convert” to any of the tribes (nobody ever “converts” to a tribe); furthermore, “Judaism” wasn’t a “religion” back then, so there was no reason for “conversion!”
There were 12 tribes standing before YHWH on Mount Sinai; not just “the Jews.” Those who followed Moshe out of Egypt and ultimately stood before YHWH on Mount Sinai consisted of the 12 tribes AND the gerim/foreigners who came along for whatever reason. (Scripture does NOT tell us that the "gerim" were separated or had to live apart from the tribes at Sinai! They were absorbed into the Israelite population. (Torah andCommentary: The Five Books of Moses by Sol Scharfsten)
Judah made up just 1/12 of the tribes….So, it wasn’t just “all about the Jews” but ALL who stood before God!
Now, let’s check Numbers 15:13-16 where G-d said four times in a row that ALL who accept Him (and He makes NO distinction – see Exodus 11:4-7) are to do exactly as HIS people do. And His people have always obeyed His Divine Instruction in Righteousness….
Numbers 15: 13 "'Every citizen is to do these things in this way when presenting an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for ADONAI. 14 If a foreigner stays with you - or whoever may be with you, through all your generations - and he wants to bring an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for ADONAI, he is to do the same as you. 15 For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before ADONAI as yourselves. 16 The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you.'" (CJB)
Please re-read the above in case you missed it: Any Torah-less non-Jew/Hebrew/Israelite who does not yet believe in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is an "alien"/foreigner. However, if they do wish to accept Him, then they are to do exactly as those who are already belong to Him! He accepts ALL who wish to belong to Him.
"Living among" means not necessarily physically, but rather, it refers to all those who have accepted the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They MUST be Torah observant, just like the Houses of Israel and Judah were with whom G-d made His New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:32)!
Romans 10: 12. And in this, it discriminates neither Jews nor Gentiles. For there is one, Master YHWH, over them all, who is abundantly generous towards every one that calls on him. 13. For everyone that will call on the name of Master YHWH, will have life. (AENT)
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