Hebrew Israelite Myth #5 : The Hebrew Israelites falsely claim that salvation is only for the Israelites and in quoting verse like John 3:16 where Jesus says "for God so loved the World", the Hebrew Israelites will say that world here doe not mean world.
Type of Error : Grammar
Contested Verse : John 3:16-17 :
- John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Verse Hebrew Israelites use to defend their position:
- Isaiah 45:17 "But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end."
Response: Prior to stating what the issue is here while its a little embarrassing I have to tell you some very basic parts of grammar. A Noun describes a person place or a thing. A Verb describes action or state of being. A Preposition is a word that connects a noun, a noun phrase, or a pronoun to another word, esp. to a verb, another noun, or an adjective:
- In the sentence, "We jumped in the lake," "in" is a preposition, and in the sentence, "I heard the sound of loud music," "of" is a preposition.
In the verse Isaiah 45:17 the the “world without end” is actually all one Hebrew word “ad”. “Ad” is Strongs word 5769 and it is a PREPOSITION and is a measurement of time not a noun. The definition of “Ad” is “until” or “beyond”. It is saying the Israelites shall not be ashamed or humiliated for ever. This makes perfect sense if you look at the first segment of the verse “But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an EVERLASTING salvation.
Now lets look at
- John 3:16 – “for God so loved the World”. The word “world” here is a NOUN, the object of the sentence. “World” is Strongs word 2889 “Kosmos” and the definition is “the world” “the universe”.
So saying that Jesus means not the whole world in John 3:16 but just Israel because of Isaiah 45:17 is just a very basic mistake in grammar and the objects of the two verses are completely different.
You could even go further and show in :
- 1John4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world
The word for “World” here is “ kosmos”
- Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men
- 1 Timothy 2:34 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. To go from John 3:16 back to the old testament where Paul clearly states that the Mystery of the inclusion of the Gentiles is in error. Look in Ephesians 3:5-6 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
I like this example because the BHIs wrongly try to redefine the New Testament use of the term Jews to just the southern kingdom and Paul clearly uses the broadest possible term for the Hebrew race by using the term Israel.
This is a constant story in throughout the bible we see several examples of this in the old testament
Isa 56:6-8 -
- 6Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
- 7Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for house shall be called of prayer for all people.
- 8The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
- The Lord sent Jonah to the Gentiles of Nineveh (Jonah 3:1). Archer said that the theme of the book of Jonah “is that God’s mercy and compassion extend even to the heathen nations on condition of their repentance” (1964, 295). Jonah is sometimes called “the first apostle to the Gentiles.”
Matthew 1:5-6; Luke 3:31-32
- Four Gentile women were woven into the genealogical fabric of the Messiah—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba—in both legal and biological senses
- Gentiles were not but had the privilege of, joining the Hebrew family via the proselytization process (cf. Acts 2:10; 13:16). Additionally, there were many instructions in Moses’ law designed to benefit the “strangers” (Gentiles) who came among Israelite people (Leviticus 19:33)
- Melchizedek, whom Abraham encountered on his return from the rescue of his nephew, was designated by Moses as a “priest of God Most High” (Genesis 14:18). A priest is an appointed servant who officiates in the offering of sacrifices to atone for sin.
There always has been a way for honest people to be right with their Creator—if they seek after him and choose to please him (Acts 17:27ff). God so loved the entire world and gave his Son as a potential redeeming sacrifice for all who avail themselves of his gift (John 3:16). He is the loving benefactor to everyone who submits to his will in faithful obedience (1 Timothy 2:4; Hebrews 5:8-9; cf. 2 Peter 3:9).