Thank you... and may you all have peace!
(First, dear JT, please check your IM... thank you!)
Now, then, I'm sorry, but I get a little "peaky" when people refer to the "Jews" as "God's chosen people." Jews, dear ones, were not the only ones chosen by God as His people for God chose... Israel. ALL of Israel. The Jews are only a part, and a small part at that. The Jews have significance only because Judah (the progenitor of the Jews) received a blessing, that is, that the "seed," Christ, would come through his line (David was a Jew, the Lion of Judah). But that blessing did not negate the blessing to the rest of Israel ("for... all Israel will be saved..").
That is why there were 12 apostles chosen, why 12 were sent... to the Jews, first... and then to the rest of Israel... because there were 12 tribes. Just as my Lord is recorded to have said:
"You will be witnesses to me throughout all Judea... AND Samaria."
The Samaritans, dear ones, were also Israelites and it is a marvel that today's religious world, while continually professing to have so much "knowledge," repeatedly overlook that fact. Cornelius, a Samaritan, while not a Jew, was an Israelite. That's why Peter was sent to him FIRST... of those who were not Jews... but were still of Israel. And why the Samaritan woman at the well was recorded to have said to my Lord "OUR forefathers used to worship in this mountain..." meaning her forefathers AND his... because while she was not a Jew, she was an Israelite, as is my Lord.
And a "gentile" is simply someone who, although perhaps an Israelite, is not a Jew. To understand this, you must understand who were/are Iraelites. In the flesh, they were/are:
1. Those of the two-tribe kingdom of Judah, and their blood descendants. Judah was/is made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin (with a few Levite priests); these are called "Jews." Their land was Judea, their first king (after the split) was Rehoboam, and their capital city was Jerusalem
2. Those of the ten-tribe kingdom of Israel, and their blood descendants. Israel was/is made up of the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Asher, Naphtali, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph (represented by Ephraim and Manasseh) and Gad. Dan received no share and Joseph, as Rachel's firstborn, received two. Their land was Samaria, their first king (after the split) was Jeroboam, and their capital city was Bethel.
"Israel" today, however, is:
1. The descendants of both Judah and Israel, those who are Israel in the flesh; AND
2. Those who show themselves to be "Israel" by means of subjecting themselves to its true king, the One sent on behalf of her, my Lord, JAHESHUA MISCHAJAH.
The latter includes those of the first group, as well as those who are not Israel by blood, but rather Israel... by spirit.
I bid you peace..
A slave of Christ,