When YHWH addresses the “people of Israel” or the “children of Israel,” who is He talking to? Is that just for the Jews, natural born Jewish people who are physically descended from Abraham? Is it also for those who officially convert to Judaism? What about Gentile believers in the Messiah Yeshua? (By the way, our Messiah was, is, and always will be JEWISH.)
Did you know that in the exodus from Egypt, there were more than just natural born Jews who left?
A mixed crowd also went up with them… ~~ Exodus 12: 38
While wandering in the wilderness, before entering the promised land, YHWH said that His instructions, commands, laws, decrees were for natural born Hebrews and also those who joined together with them.
“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. The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you.” ~~ Numbers 15:15-16
To bring even more clarity, read how Paul addresses believers in Messiah Yeshua.
“Therefore, remember your former state; you Gentiles by birth – called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised – at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el. You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God. But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood…. So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God‘s people and members of God’s Family.” ~~ Ephesians 2:11-13, 19
And, Romans 11: 16-24 tells of Gentiles being grafted into Israel. So, with the absolute truth of Scripture to lead us, we know that believers in Messiah, both Jew and Gentile, are the children and people of Israel. That brings the words of the Bible more to life for us, as we see them all pertaining directly to us. Praise Adonai for His amazing gift, grace and mercy!