What is an “Isrealitish” in the Bible Lev 24:10
Rarely am I impressed with the teachings in Israel, except when they teach about the Biblical prohibition against Israel marrying gentiles. Overall, I find them surprisingly on point.
I also notice the pushback against them by those of Israel who love to find excuses for disobeying GOD’s law.
One of their main point of contention is that when Israel exited Egypt during the Exodus, they contained many non-Israelites, probably many Hamites with them. So, these detractors claim that Israel is a mixed nation anyway. Therefore, any prohibition against mixed marriage would be invalid, they like to think.
The fact that Israel exited with many gentile people in their midst, is indisputable but there is nowhere in the Bible that GOD encourages mixed marriage. Though it is apparent that Israel being degenerate, did often disregard GOD’s laws.
GOD acknowledges that there can be foreigners living amongst Israel, but they must equally obey the laws of GOD. That would also mean they should not engage in a mixed marriage with Israel.
What is an “Israelitish” in the Bible Lev 24:10 is about the proabition against mixed marriage
I never saw anyone teach about mixed marriage before using the verses below. I can understand why. Because I, for a long time, misunderstood what the term Israelitish meant. I always assumed that as in the word, “Jewish”, Israelitish has a connotation of fakeness, or not genuine. I found out it is just the opposite.
This word appears six times in the Bible. Three times in Leviticus and three times in Numbers. I cannot imagine why the English translators of the KJV used this word and even worse, the word turned up in some Septuagint translations also. But I demur, none of that is the subject of this post.
But let us take the following verse as an example.
Lev 24:10 And a son of an Israelitish woman went forth, and he was a son of an Egyptian man among the sons of Israel. And they did combat in the camp -- the one of the Israelitish woman and the Israelite man.
This is the first time the word appears in the Bible. But in the very next verse, we have cleared that this woman was a real daughter of Israel, from the tribe of Dan. She is therefore biological, and racially Israelite. Her race was Israel. The word “Israelitish” may have been preferred by GOD to show that although an Israelite she engaged in a mixed marriage to a gentile, contrary to the law of GOD. In that sense, she is not genuine.
The fornicator is a blood Israelite but very disingenuous to GOD
She was married to an Egyptian man and gave birth to a mixed-race person, otherwise, she bore a bastard. Notice the proof that the woman is of the race of Israel, being from the tribe of Dan.
Lev 24:11 And the son of the Israelitish woman named the name -- he cursed. And they led him to Moses. And the name of his mother was Shelomith, daughter of Dibri of the tribe of Dan.
So as GOD told Israel, gentiles normally hate HIM and only desire to turn our hearts away from HIM. So this gentile did as is expected, he fought with an Israelite and cursed GOD. They will never serve the GOD of Israel but will cling to their gods alone. But of course, that is only speculation.
This man, his father apparently only fled Egypt along with Israel to escape from the catastrophe that the GOD of Israel was putting on them in Egypt. Maybe his former wife was a firstborn and was killed in Egypt or she could have been hit by lightning.
GOD ordered his punishment as death by stoning. And HE also noted that this applies to the native-born as well as a stranger.
Lev 24:16 And he that names the name of the Lord, let him die the death: let all the congregation of Israel stone him with stones; whether he be a stranger or a native, let him die for naming the name of the Lord.
What is an “Isrealitish” in the Bible Lev 24:10 is the prohibition against mixed marriage
But now we come to another mixed marriage situation with Israel. Only this time the gender of the culprits is reversed. The Israelites is a man and the gentile is a woman. There are some people in Israel that like to say that you are what your father is. But the Bible makes it very clear that there should not be mixing with gentiles, whether male or female. We read the following.
Num_25:1-5 And Israel sojourned in Sattin, and the people profaned itself by going a-whoring after the daughters of Moab. And they called them to the sacrifices of their idols; and the people ate of their sacrifices, and worshipped their idols. And Israel consecrated themselves to Beel-phegor; and the Lord was very angry with Israel. And the Lord said to Moses, Take all the princes of the people, and make them examples of judgment for the Lord in the face of the sun, and the anger of the Lord shall be turned away from Israel. And Moses said to the tribes of Israel, Slay ye every one his friend that is consecrated to Beel-phegor.
Israel lives up to the adage is the more things change the more they remain the same. Look at the awful consequences that came upon Israel thousands of years ago. They read it in the word of GOD. Yet they still do it today.
This time the culprit is a man of Israel
We read the following:
Num_25:6 And, behold, a man of the children of Israel came and brought his brother to a Madianitish woman before Moses, and before all the congregation of the children of Israel; and they were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of witness.
We see that this offender is of the degenerate sons of Israel in the first line. But in case we missed it, it says in verse eight below that he is called an Israelitish man as the woman above was called an Israelitish woman. His race is confirmed in verse fourteen below.
Num_25:14 Now the name of the smitten Israelitish man, who was smitten with the Madianitish woman, was Zambri son of Salmon, prince of a house of the tribe of Symeon.
But let us examine Num_25:1-5 a little more in-depth and see how this wickedness unfolds. Israel was sojourning at a place called Sattin. Apparently, this was bordering Moab. The translation I used for this is the Septuagint (Brenton) and it says a-whoring, but other translations use prostitute or fornicate. It is the same thing; the men of Israel went over to the Moabite women for a sexual relationship.
Unlike the KJV and other versions, the Septuagint introduces the phrase, “Profane themselves”. Biblically that is simply going past the boundaries that GOD has set. GOD had commanded them before that they should not marry foreign women or men. By the way, In the Bible having sex with a woman is akin to marrying her.
What is an “Isrealitish” in the Bible Lev 24:10 answers the question of the problem of Fornication in Israel
This time I am going a little bit out of character by using man’s definition of profane. The dictionary says the word is a Verb. It means: “treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate. E.g. “more than 300 graves were desecrated”. As an example, we read the following.
1Co_6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
But back in the camp, apparently, not everybody was doing this. (Num. 25:6) says the people were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of witness. They rightfully know that the wrath of GOD is coming on Israel for what they heard these men of Israel were doing over in Moab. They do not want GOD’s wrath to fall on them. The awful reality is summed up.
Num_25:1-5 They called them to the sacrifices of their idols; and the people ate of their sacrifices, and worshipped their idols. And Israel consecrated themselves to Beel-phegor; and the Lord was very angry with Israel. And the Lord said to Moses, Take all the princes of the people, and make them examples of judgment for the Lord in the face of the sun, and the anger of the Lord shall be turned away from Israel. And Moses said to the tribes of Israel, Slay ye every one his friend that is consecrated to Beel-phegor.
Therefore, GOD told us that if we mix with gentiles, they will teach us to hate HIM. And they will encourage you to worship their gods. That is exactly what happened. Also, the mixed product of your fornication will also hate the GOD of Israel and Israel in general.
You see even today that the parallel is true. Gentiles partners always hate the GOD of Israel. They will always introduce their gods and teach Israel to hate the GOD of Israel and Israel. The product of this mixing will invariably do the same. And I am not saying this is universal. I know a few of these offspring will cast their lot with Israel and go against their gentile half. Gentiles today may associate with you for financial or social benefits. But do not be fooled, they really hate you, because we read the following.
Num 25:18 For with deceit they are hating you, with as many things they used deceit against you through Peor, even through Cozbi, daughter of the ruler of Midian, their sister, the one being struck in the day of the calamity on account of Peor.
Phinehas the son of Eleazar
The consequences are stark. Phinehas the son of Eleazar carried out judgment on behalf of GOD. At this point, if you find yourself a little squeamish, you should stop reading. But although the KJV and other translations will tell you that he speared her in the belly, they are only trying to be sort of politically correct. Some translations will say womb while some say the genital parts. Yes indeed, he actually speared her in the vaginal cavity. Not the belly as some would like you to believe.
Num_25:8 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, and rose out of the midst of the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand, and went in after the Israelitish man into the chamber, and pierced them both through, both the Israelitish man, and the woman through her womb; and the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
The reaction of most people today would be to regard Phinehas the son of Eleazar as an evil wicked man. But that is not how the GOD of Israel regards this matter. Between then and now the gentiles have been up to their old trick. She was using her gentile vagina to corrupt the sons of Israel and let them worship their god and leave the GOD of Israel. does this sound familiar? Yes, the same parallel is evident today.
But this is how GOD responded to this incident. Speaking of Phinehas the son of Eleazar, GOD said:
Num_25:12-13 Thus say! Behold, I make with him my covenant of peace; and it will be to him and to his seed after him a covenant of an eternal priesthood, because he was jealous for his God, and he atoned for the sons of Israel.
One may look at this and believe that seed here is referring to Phinehas biological offspring. That is not necessarily so.
Phinehas is an Israelite zealous to obey the Laws of GOD
Phinehas exemplify what is an “Isrealitish” in the Bible Lev 24:10. He is not an “Israelitish”. H is a true son of Israel who is zealous to obey the laws of GOD. Let us carefully examine some aspects of this verse from the Bible Itself:
BDB Definition: Seed (H2233)
1e) of moral quality 1e1) a practitioner of righteousness
Phinehas seed is basically any Israelites who are like him and are zealous to obey the word of GOD.
1) to burn with zeal 1a1) in a good sense, to be zealous in the
pursuit of good 1b) to desire earnestly, pursue 1b2) to exert one’s
self for one (that he may not be torn from me)
Phinehas is a picture of those Israelites who will not allow GOD to be torn from them, because of lust and fornication, especially with foreign women or men. That is GOD’s command that you should not do it.
One very Important point
The question of what is an “Isrealitish” in the Bible Lev 24:10 brings up an important caution. There are many devilish persons of Israel out there. If you think you can misconstrue this study and act on your evil desire, I hope the full force of the gentile justice will come down on you.
There is a significant difference between the time of Phinehas and now. During the time Phinehas the GOD of Israel was our sovereign. Technically he is king over all the gentiles too. However, HE never chose to lead them but will ultimately judge them on our behalf.
Now is different. The GOD of Israel, in HIS wisdom, has put the gentiles in charge. We are under their captivity. We will be under that condition until HE releases us and judge them. In the meanwhile, HE has commanded us to obey their laws. Which are from HIM. Therefore, Israel if you act wickedly the gentile will subject you to their justice and you will also be subject to the justice of GOD.