Why did God make this distinction?
I was surprised! One day I was reading in the Old Scriptures and read the phrase mingled people. So I opened a Bible program and made a list of verses that included that phrase. Before I was done I used the search "mix or mingle or mixed or mingled". To say the least I was amazed. The phrase "You've got to be kidding!" went through my mind at least a couple of times. But then I remembered hearing a verse having to do with separation and that verse is at the end of the list. Well, You will just have to read these verses to see why I was surprised.
Why did God make this distinction? Watch for words in bold type.
Exodus 12:38 And also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flocks, and herds, very much cattle.
In the following verse consider that fornication is described in the phrase "going after strange flesh".
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
I was very surprised by what I read. It is amazing what one can discover with the use of a computer. There will probably be some of you who are very surprised and perhaps upset by this. It does not go along with what we have been taught from our churches. Now look at what is in the next few verses of scripture. This is Yahweh, our God who does not change, speaking to Israel, his special treasure, through Moses.
Leviticus 20:22-23 You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and do them, so that the land where I bring you to live shall not spit you out.
(Moses had just finished teaching them about many sins the people should avoid.)
Leviticus 20:24 But I have said to you, You shall inherit their land, and I, I am giving it to you to possess it, a land that flows with milk and honey. I am Yahweh your God, who has separated you from the nations.
The Hebrew word adultery includes the idea of miscegenation. Here are two instances that helps to show this. The word blood is actually plural in the following examples.
Hosea 4:2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and bloods toucheth bloods.
Bloods touching bloods is equated with adultery or adulteration, a mixing of bloods. The only place in the New Testament the word for bloods is found is in John 1:13. In the text the word is also plural. The idea that the word is plural shows that the subject includes different blood from different peoples. Bloods here could be translated as mixed origins.
John 1:13 Which were born, not of bloods, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
We know that prophecy has true Israel becoming many nations as promised to the physical descendants of Abraham Jacob and Ephraim. This has come to pass. So when scripture talks about many nations it is good to consider that if the context does permit it, the many nations are Israel. Scripture specifically states that the boundaries of Israel would be determined by the number of the children of Israel, Deuteronomy 32:8. Consider that in the following verse that the nations discussed are strictly Israel.
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
We know that God does not change, (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8), nor does He make a mistake. God's ways are better than man's ways. He had an important reason for not only including these verses in the Bible, but for our learning something from them. It is my understanding that what we have just read has a part in the 7th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (Adulteration, to mix, miscegenation).
1 Peter 1:16b "You shall be holy; for I am holy."
Here is the Strongs meaning of the word holy. "sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated)"
I think being politically correct is not scriptural. What do you think?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
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