Monday, 11 December 2017

Does it Matter?

A friend of ours is very big into the Hebraic roots and it permeates his every word with regards to church, fellowship, end-times, etc!  I enjoy listening to him but am cautious in just following his thoughts as, truly, I do not know enough to know if he is right or not.

Currently he speaks a lot of "The Two House" concept which, with my very basic understanding of things means that the 10 tribes of Israel that are "lost" are known as Ephraim and are to be found in the greater western Christian population.  God is seeking to bring them back to Israel so that Judah (the current Jews of the day) and Israel are reunited.

There is that theory....

Then there is the more widely recognised and accepted theory that the lost 10 tribes of Israel are the Jewish people spread all around the world, and it is they the Lord is seeking to restore back to Israel.  Each tribe can be traced to a certain area of the world etc.

There is that theory....

And then I ask myself, which ever theory is correct, be it Two House, or be it the Jewish diaspora, does it really matter?  And if it matters, why?

God calls us to love Israel:
Psalm 122 v 6:  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee.
Gen 12 v 2-3:  (2) And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; (3)And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." 

God says that upon our salvation we are grafted into the vine and we become sons of Abraham, to whom His promises are made:
Rom 11 v 23And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 


Gal 3 v 27-29:  (27) For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (28) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (29) And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.


So my question is again, does it matter if we are part of the missing tribes of Israel or not?  Because by Paul's words we can see that we are adopted into the family of God, and thus we are part of, His tribe shall we say, anyway!

If you can set me straight on the above matter with biblical reference I would be very grateful.  As things stand, for me, it matters not where I have come from, but it matters greatly to Whom I belong, and where I am headed.

I do also believe that as a Christian, whose responsibility it is to love Israel, I need to learn more about that nation and its history.  Not to change my walk with Christ, but to understand His love for Israel and for me, more deeply.

God bless
Tracy

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post, Tracy! You are so right about our adoption and where we are going! My husband and I love Jewish roots teaching. We read and listen a lot to Larry Huch and the 700 Club. We celebrate Passover in the spring and last Sunday, Rosh Hasannah, the Jewish New Year. We have a Jewish Savior and we want to learn everything we can about the Jewish roots to enjoy the Word. God bless you, sister.

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    1. Hi there, thank you for commenting in such a positive way. I love that you are including all you find out into your day to day living. And I especially love that you make the point that our Saviour is Jewish too! God bless

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  2. Hi Tracy. Yes, Israel matters and the Jewish people matter. I have read quite a few books about our Jewish roots, but to be honest with you... I do not know which of all the 'interpretations' when it comes to the 'lost' tribes is right.

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    1. Hi Marja, agreed! I think the most important thing is to do as the bible says, and pray for Israel...
      God bless

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