Gentiles in pre-Christian times
could enjoy the full benefits
of God’s people

Exodus 12:48-49 When a stranger shall live as a foreigner with you, and will keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one who is born in the land: but no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. One law shall be to him who is born at home, and to the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you.

Leviticus 17:8  . . . Any man there is of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who live as foreigners among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice

Leviticus 19:34 The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 24:22 You shall have one kind of law for the foreigner as well as the native-born; for I am the Lord your God. (Numbers 15:29 is similar)

Numbers 15:14-16 If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you, or whoever may be among you throughout your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to the Lord; as you do, so he shall do. For the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner, a statute forever throughout your generations. As you are, so shall the foreigner be before the Lord. One law and one ordinance shall be for you, and for the stranger who lives as a foreigner with you.

Numbers 15:26 All the congregation of the children of Israel shall be forgiven, as well as the stranger who lives as a foreigner among them; for with regard to all the people, it was done unwittingly.

Numbers 35:15 For the children of Israel, and for the stranger and for the foreigner living among them, shall these six cities be for refuge; that everyone who kills any person unwittingly may flee there.

Deuteronomy 10:17-18 For the Lord your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of lords . . . He does execute justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the foreigner, in giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 14:28-29 At the end of every three years you shall bring all the tithe . . . The Levite . . . and the foreigner living among you, and the fatherless, and the widow . . . shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. (Deuteronomy 26:11-13 is similar)

Deuteronomy 16:10-11 You shall keep the feast of weeks to the Lord your God with a tribute of a freewill offering . . . You shall rejoice before the Lord your God: you, your son, your daughter . . . the Levite . . . the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow . . .

Deuteronomy 29:10-13 All of you stand today in the presence of the Lord your God; your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the foreigners who are in the middle of your camps . . . that you may enter into the covenant of the Lord your God, and into his oath, which the Lord your God makes with you today; that he may establish you today as his people, and that he may be your God, as he spoke to you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

The Outworking of this

Joshua 8:33,35 All Israel, their elders and officers, and their judges, stood on both sides of the ark before the priests the Levites . . . the foreigner as well as the native; half of them in front of Mount Gerizim, and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded at the first, that they should bless the people of Israel.

Ezra 6:20-21  . . . they killed the Passover for all the children of the captivity . . . The children of Israel who had come again out of the captivity, and all such as had separated themselves to them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek the Lord, the God of Israel, ate

Isaiah 56:3,6-7 Let no foreigner, who has joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people.” . . . Also the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the Lord’s name, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant; I will bring these to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.

Jeremiah 39:16-18 Go, and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian [a Black], saying, the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Behold, I will bring my words on this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished before you in that day. But I will deliver you in that day, says the Lord; and you shall not be given into the hand of the men of whom you are afraid. For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but your life shall be for a prey to you; because you have put your trust in me, says the Lord.




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