In Simon Peter’s letter to the scattered abroad, to the stranger or the Ger, they were called elect. Here is the origin once again, they were those that came out. They were the tried. Then as now. According to whom? According to Abba Elohi, God the Father, through purification by Holy Spirit, to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Y’shua Messiah. They are sojourners in the earth, in the world but not of the world.
Abraham was a ger, the whole nation of Israel were the ger in Egypt, and the years wandering in the desert. King David called himself and all of his fathers ger. What is a ger but a sojourner and a pilgrim in a foreign land. Y’shua, Himself, said that He had nowhere to lay His head. He was in the world, even though the world was made by Him, the world “knew Him not.” He was a stranger to the world!
There is for us today that same disconnect with the world. On Shabbat, for one example, the world goes along as any other day. People scurrying back and forth on the roads trying to cram some form of diversion into their lives. Sometimes the sense of liberty overwhelms me, grateful that I’m no longer in that rat race. Really, its every day, we as the ger seem to move through the world as though it is some form of alternate reality. We are in good company. He that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal, as in John’s Gospel. The world loves it’s own, and we, by our commitment to Torah and as guided by the Holy Spirit, simply can not conform to a life approved of by the world.
We are the called out, what a privilege! Lift up your hands! We are strangers to the world.
About the word G-R
After posting this piece referring to the Ger, additional detail was required. I realized that most would not understand and and some would conclude that I was referring to Jesus as convert to Judaism. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
A quick look at the word GeR will show a definition of stranger, sojourner in a foreign land and a wayfaring man. That’s where we could be satisfied, and that’s fine most of the time. There is a closer examination. Often vowels are interchangeable and the same can be said for consonants, like the labial B-V or P or the guttural G and K (Ch) sounds. So ger can be gar, gur, gor, cher, (not as in church, rather like the word, care) char, chor, even qar, and so on.
So who is the ger a stranger to? By this definition, he or she is a stranger to the people of the host land. There may be a ger in your land or you may find yourself being a ger in another land. This is rarely an ideal situation either way, if history serves as an example. G-R has many definitions depending on the context, or as with symbols, the origin could have morphed into a number of meanings. Probably not “a convert to Judaism” as Google would direct you. Once a stranger, always a stranger, or never quite the genuine article?
I used the G-R , Ch-R example for a reason. It shows an ancient and very positive connection between Biblical Hebrew definition and that of the exonym G-r man. The link is the definition, near. German, (not J, but G as in great) or germane, carries the idea of a significant connection or closeness, tribal, common parentage, as you would refer to Shemites or Benjamites. The origin has died off over the last century. Something entirely different pops into our minds when someone says Ger-man.
As said, if one is a ger, or a stranger, he or she is a stranger in a foreign land, an outsider in any case, but close, on the other hand, to his or her own people. We all came from somewhere, we have a parental origin, we’re on a family tree, we belong.
Now I’m going to take a leap. We are a Ger (a stranger to the world) because we are a Cher (near to God), to put it plainly. The same thing.
Ch(K)er-oob, Do you recognize it? It’s cherub, beings who closely minister to Almighty Yah, Creator of the Universe. They are defined as near, in the midst, approach, emotional alignment, they are the near ones. They cover Him with their wings. Beautiful. They guard His glory, we guard His commandments.