THE PHYSICAL PROCESS OF GRAFTING A PLANT
Now we will see more truth being unveiled by looking at the physical process of grafting a plant. I took this randomly from a popular gardening website and it speaks volumes in explaining what Sha’ul meant about grafting in!
Grafted trees reproduce the fruit, structure and characteristics of a similar plant in which you are propagating. This is achieved by bringing together 2 or more varieties of a plant. One plant is the bearer. The branch of the plant that is grafted in, is placed into the rootstock of the bearer.
Now, remember we previously said those grafted in can be cut off again?
Grafting trees is a practice that has been done by farmers and gardeners for hundreds of years, but the method is not fool proof. Sometimes grafted trees can revert to their original form.
Sometimes grafted rootstocks (the host tree) can sucker and send out shoots that revert to the type of growth of the original tree. If these suckers are not cut off and removed, it can overtake the growth of the graft.
This is equivalent to the Gentiles boasting and being cut off and YAHUAH grafting back in Israel again (Romans 11:17-24).
Rejection of the grafted scion (original grafting tree branches) can also occur. Rejection often occurs when grafted trees are not similar. They (rootstock and scion) must be closely related in order for the graft to take. Sometimes scion branches on grafted trees simply die, and the rootstock is free to regrow.
GRAFTED BRANCHES CANNOT BECOME THE TREE
Wow! Do you see that? Do you see the wisdom in Sha’ul’s writing on grafting? If the grafted branch gets too “high minded”, the tree will revert to its original form and overtake the growth of the graft! This is equivalent to when Gentiles get ahead of themselves and start to believe they are the tree!
That is what has happened to the Christian religion and the awakened Gentile Nazarene community! This is why he warned: do not be high-minded but fear!
Most importantly, the process shows that grafted branches (scions) remain grafts and cannot become the tree! They are there conditionally, and special care has to be taken to ensure they are not rejected!
GRAFTED BRANCH AND TREE MUST BE CLOSELY RELATED
Also very significant is this point: “They (rootstock and scion) must be closely related in order for the graft to take.” This means strangers who join to Israel and say they are grafted in, must obey all that was given to Israel so they are “closely related.” Otherwise, the graft will not “take” and therefore one will think they are grafted in and are not.
This means, therefore, that Christians claiming to be grafted in are not (as we have proven over and over again that Christianity is false religion). Christians reject what was given to Israel: his Sabbath day, his feasts, his dietary laws, his commandments, his statutes. In fact, most reject the whole law!
Consequently, they are not closely related and therefore will be rejected by the rootstock.
THE OLIVE TREE AND THE MESSIAH
Secondly, the olive tree mentioned by Sha’ul is accessed through the Messiah.
Rom 11:19-20 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
The Gentiles are grafted in through belief in the Messiah.
Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Yahusha HaMashiach; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
That is the faith by which the Gentiles stand.
Israel were broken off does not mean they were no longer Israelites! Israel being “broken off” (Rom 11:19) refers to those who do not believe in the Messiah being broken off:
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me (the tree), he is cast forth as a branch (broken off) and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
WHO ARE THE BRANCHES?
However, it is the preceding verse that tells us most clearly, the relationship of the Messiah to the olive tree.
Rom 11:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Who are the branches?
Joh 15:5 I am the vine (tree), ye (Israelites) are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch (broken off) and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
The Messiah is the vine and Israel who believe in him are the branches:
Joh 8:31 Then said Yahusha to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Now, what if they don’t believe on him?
The branches will be cut off:
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
See that? It is the same illustration Sha’ul used in Romans 11!
So Gentiles grafted in, remain strangers who can be broken off at any time.
MESSIAH THE OLIVE TREE
The olive tree is now represented by Yahusha HaMashiach, the King of Israel. This is the new covenant Israel of YAHUAH (Gal 6:15-16) that we partake of through belief (faith) in Messiah.
Therefore, the reference to grafting-in does not refer to strangers becoming Israelites, but rather it refers to strangers accessing Israel’s salvation through belief in the Messiah. The Torah would say, the strangers that sojourn among the children of Israel.
By the way, the word Nazarene (Hebrew Natsarim) actually means branches. As we have seen, branches can be broken off.
Strangers who join themselves to Israel remain strangers. As a matter of fact, we did a detailed article and video entitled: “And the Strangers Shall Be Joined With Them: What Does This Mean?”
SPIRIT OF SYNCRETISM
This high-minded claim by Gentiles demonstrates the spirit of syncretism and identity theft that has been synonymous with a particular nation of people throughout the ages. It is the same spirit that has the descendants of Amalek (the grandson of Esau) in a country they call Israel, claiming to be Jacob’s seed. But who are they really?
Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
It is the same spirit from the descendants of Esau that brought us the replacement theology of Christianity, that says Christians have replaced Israel.
It is the same descendants of Esau who are claiming that they are now Hebrews, Israelites, and even Hebrew Israelites.
Hebrew Israelites is a term with double emphasis. It describes oneself as Israelite, but emphasizes being a Hebrew, the descendant of Eber, the grandfather of Abraham. This is to differentiate them from those who say they are Jews and are not (Rev 2:9, Rev 3:9).
A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NATIONS AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
To show that no other nation can become Israel, the Bible says the Most High makes nations of different innate traits and the Most High sets a difference between each. Israel was created special and set apart for his esteem and praise.
Exo_11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that YAHUAH doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
You see, we are separated into nations of people by the Most High as witnessed by the scriptures.
When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
The Bible is not about any organized religion. Instead, it is about a people (the children of Israel) and their relationship with the Most High. It also details the impact of their enemies on them. It is the children of these enemies of the Most High that are now claiming to be Israel, the apple of his eye.
Everyone equal? Those who are not his people seem always bent on saying everyone is equal, but is this what the Bible says?
Deu 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto YAHUAH thy Aluahym: YAHUAH thy Aluahym hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
ISRAEL CREATED SPECIAL
Now if he didn’t create you as an Israelite in the first place, how can you be equal to his people? He actually CREATED his people special above all others? Proof?
Isa_43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Israel was created for his glory. He created the children of Israel special. You cannot become one as they were special from creation!
Isa 43:20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
He formed them for himself. He chose them and created them special.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see, therefore, that one cannot become these people. One has to be born an Israelite.
They were created that way!
Boast NOT against the branches because you have been grafted in. Be not high-minded, but fear, lest you also shall be cut off.
His people are chosen, special, and unique. Even his words? He gave it to only them!
Psa 147:19-20 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye YAHUAH.
Therefore, only a true Israelite can understand his word. A gentile cannot lead you into understanding his words!