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  • Joanne David on Matthew 2 - 2 years ago
    What does this particular part of scripture means: CHRIST was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel .
  • Ronald L Whittemore - In Reply on Matthew 2 - 2 years ago
    Joanne David

    The lost sheep of Israel ( Jeremiah 50:6)

    Jesus came to fulfill the law, the first covenant, flesh had to live a sinless life under the law of Moses given by God before it was considered an executed contract (fulfilled). The prophets, all prophecy pointing to the coming of their Messiah had to be fulfilled. These two things had to be completed before God could make a new covenant. The first covenant was made with the house of Israel and the second was offered to the house of Israel first but they rejected Jesus as their Messiah.

    We see in ( Matthew 10:5-8) that Jesus told the twelve, to go only to the house of Israel and not to go by the way of Gentiles. God even told them when the Messiah would come, ( Daniel 9:25) and in ( Ezekiel 34:23-24) they were told a Shepard was coming. but they did not want to give up their authority and wealth they were enjoying, meaning the Sadducees and Pharisees.

    Even when Jesus was born, they heard that it was in Bethlehem they were troubled ( Matthew 2:3) they did not even want to go see if it was their King/Messiah. We see in Acts when they totally said they reject Jesus and the new covenant, when they killed Stephen.

    Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,

    The Apostles continued to confirm the new covenant to the house of Israel until Peter had his dream and Paul was converted and what God told Abraham came to be, and the mystery was revealed and confirming to the house of Israel stopped. The branch was broken off so we may be grafted in.

    Genesis 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

    Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

    God bless,

  • Dianne - In Reply on Matthew 2 - 2 years ago
    Ronald thats good stuff.
  • Dianne - In Reply on Matthew 2 - 2 years ago
    Joanne If the House of israel would have not rejected the messiah we would not have the priviledge to be christians now but God knew they were going to reject His Son They never believed He Is the Son of God they to this day believe he was just a prophet.
  • Chris - In Reply on Matthew 2 - 2 years ago
    Hello Joanne. Matthew 15:24: "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

    Jesus had gone to the coastal towns of Tyre & Sidon which are in Phoenicia. He went to minister to the Jews there (you might remember that the tribe of Asher had inherited some of that portion of the Land of Canaan back in the days of Joshua). So, we're not told what type of ministry Jesus was already doing there, when a Canaanitish woman approached Him to heal her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus didn't want to expand His Work to all people, so initially He refused her, saying that His Mission was to "the lost sheep of Israel", or the Jews who were perishing/in darkness for lack of Truth. Some could interpret Jesus' phrase as 'to the Jews who were scattered in these far off parts', but I think the emphasis on their 'spiritual needs' was what Jesus was referring to here. If Jesse sees this, he could clarify it better than me.

    But because of this woman's great faith, Jesus just gave the Word of healing, for we read that her daughter was healed in that hour, or in that moment. And Jesus did touch the lives of non-Jews from time to time (e.g. you can look up Matthew 8:5-13; John 4:1-42; Mark 5:1-17) but His Mission was primarily to the "lost sheep of Israel".
  • Dianne - In Reply on Matthew 2 - 2 years ago
    Just another perspective when he healed the womans child he was astonished that she even asked because anyone outside of Judean tribe were considered dogs, He healed here because she knew and believed who He was, many individuals came to Him not of Isreal and were healed because of there believing, I.E. centurions servant who jesus Christ said I have not found so great faith in all Israel, this guy said all he needs to do is say He's healed .and I'll believe it. Most people say if you show me a sign I'll believe. But originally he Came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, when they didn't believe and rejected He went from their messiah to our Saviour and messiah. Thank God
  • Preston - In Reply - 2 years ago
    Joanne David,

    Firstly, for perspective, it makes readers figure out who the house of Israel were. Jesus knew how supplanted the tribe would become, and he made sure the Christians had his support. The Gospel was for "Israel", not Judah, but Israel had been absent for over 700 years. Jesus knew where the house of Israel disappeared to, he knew that Jeremiah was commissioned to uproot and plant David's throne, to the isles of the sea:

    Post Solomon, Israel split into two kingdoms, Israel & Judah in 930 BC

    The house of Israel went into Assyrian captivity in 721 BC

    The house of Israel was liberated by king Nebuchadnezzar in 605 BC. They didn't go home to Israel, they went north west to the isles, to UK. This makes them the lost sheep, prodigal sons. They lost their gene pool in the mix, they were called Saxons = sons of Issac = Sac-Sons.

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