Calling All Covenant Israelites
Permit me to address two main passages, Matt 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15.
These are common passages used as a basis for bringing the gospel to all peoples that walk on two legs. A closer look reveals some important limitations, I believe.
By Jerry Gentry
The word “nations” in v. 19 is commonly interpreted within the church at large in the modern cultural definition of that word with no limitations as to race or color, even whether mixed or pure blood. The underlying Greek word ethnos, reveals limitations:
1484. e¶qnoß ethnos, ethę-nos; probably from 1486; a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan): — Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
This word ethnos is the Greek equivalent of the Heb. Gowy used in the prophecy to Abraham: “a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee.” (Gen 35:11) These “nations” descended from Abraham (Heb. Gowy) and “nations” (Gr. Ethnos) are the equivalent. Both refer to nations or “gentiles” descended from Abraham, as I wrote in part one. This word ethnos is defined by Strong’s as “a race,” not many races or all races.
Proper Biblical interpretation does now permit us to impose modern cultural meanings on words from the Bible, which I believe all would agree. We must let the Bible interpret the Bible. We must guard against superimposing a modern cultural worldview upon the scriptures.
Further, in Mark 16:15: “. . . Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” The modern church world imposes a modern cultural definition upon that word, and takes the gospel to everybody walking on two legs. However, the Bible teaches that word creature is also limited:
2937. kti÷siß ktisis, ktisę-is; from 2936; original formation (properly, the act; by implication, the thing, literally or figuratively): — building, creation, creature, ordinance. [emphasis mine]
Every “creature” then of necessity refers to the “original formation,” and not to just anyone walking on two legs, many of whom were born outside God’s “original formation.” Following the Biblical natural law of “kind after his kind,” there is no possibility that this every “creature” can include mixed bloods or others outside this covenant law of the “original formation.” Only those prophesied to be from the loins of Abraham (i.e., original formation) can be properly included among every “creature.” Once again a modern interpretation of every “creature” is presumed to mean every race, yet even excluding races of many creatures in the modern sense, which include four legged creatures, etc. The passage itself does not imply which creatures, that is, which “original formation,” which must be ascertained from other scriptures. Modern cultural interpretations of “nations” and “creature” have led the church astray as to the scriptural intent of these words.
The modern church fails to apply scriptural limits upon these two words. The Bible clearly states such limits. There was a limited people called Israel who were subjects of the Old Covenant. We know these limited people were descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob only. Yahweh married these specific people at Mt Sinai, with the giving of the Ten Commandments, “and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.” (Exo 24:3) Israel’s failure to do and keep these covenant marriage vows resulted in divorce of the tribes of the northern kingdom. This failure on the part of Israel necessitated a New Covenant based on better promises “with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,” (Jer 31:31; Heb 8:8) same people, same laws, better promises) whereby through the blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit would convert the hearts of some and make it possible for these very same people to renew and obey the covenant. The modern cultural interpretation of these words “nations” and “creature” flies in the face of many scriptures:
“. . . But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matt. 10:6)
“. . . I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matt 15:24)
“ . . . I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:” (Jer 31:31; Heb 8:8)
“. . . to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1)
These and many other verses make it amply clear that there are limitations on the Biblical meanings of “nations” and every “creature.” If the modern cultural interpretation of these words could possibly stand, then there is no significance at all to the above verses, and the Bible would be self contradictory, which is impossible in proper scriptural interpretation:
“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” (Is. 28:10)
All scriptures regarding which “nations” and which “creature” must be harmonized in proper Biblical interpretation. These words cannot be presumed to carry the modern cultural meanings of those words.
The Bible is a book written to, for and about the Adamic Hebrew people narrowed down through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, from Genesis to Revelation, and none other, those being in our day the Caucasian gentiles of the earth. The Bible is NOT about pre-Adamic tribes of other races walking on two legs. The Bible clearly warns against violating the Biblical natural law of “kind after his kind.” How else can we understand the proper subjects of the new covenant, twice stated as limited in nature:
Jer. 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Heb. 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
We must understand specifically the meaning of “nations” and every “creature.” We must take care not to impose modern cultural definitions of these words. We must let the Bible interpret the Bible.
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