referred to as the "mixed multitude." The nation of Israel was to live out its destiny of the Lord with this great multitude of resident strangers in their midst. The resident stranger was under the same laws and conditions, benifits, obligations, rewards and punishments as the nation of Israel. There was no difference between the native born and the resident stranger (Compare Romans 10:12). The reason there was no difference between the native born and the resident stranger is because this relationship of the resident stranger attaching themselves to Israel was mankind's last chance for redemption. To understand how this redemption was implemented, let's take a brief look at the history of mankind in his relationship to God.
When sin came into the human family, punishment soon followed. The first punishment came upon Adam and his wife, Chava (Eve), and they were expelled - sent into exile - from the Garden of the Lord. Their sin, and the degradation from holiness to profanity that followed, caused them to be expelled from the place where life everlasting was found. But even the exile from the garden is found the seed of redemption, a redemption which provides hope for all mankind.
Unfortunately, man never achieved the necessary discipline or obedience to preform the sacrificial acts of redemption in the right time, in the right place and in the right way (the proper manner). This departure from the way and the knowledge of God so greatly intensified, that it became necessary for the Lord to decree a second punishment on all mankind: the Flood. It was only righteous Noah and his family, who in the face of gleeful mockery and the misplaced judgment of his entire community, obeyed God and survived.