Why does it matter? The short answer: Because it mattered to the Savior. Christ said, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” He said that He was sent to them. So then we must ask, If Christ is sent to them, and we are His followers because the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, then are not we sent to them, too?
Letting our understanding of spiritual things be the standard as to what is important to God is a weak position to be in. Evidently He knows much better than we do as to fleshly Israel’s importance in the plan and purpose of God. He also said that “man will give an account of every idle word spoken.” I do not believe any of His words were useless, void, or idle. They are important, whether I understand them at present or not. Believing His words about the Lost Tribes of Israel propels us on our search for the meaning of His words, which is truth.
Some history is needed. After the captivity of the House of Israel (Ten Tribes) )and the House of Judah (Two Tribes), Yahweh promised that He would make a new covenant or agreement with both Houses after their respective captivities around 721 B.C. and 600 B. C. “I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the House of Judah…After those days, saith Yahweh, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people…They shall all know Me” (Jer. 31: 31-34).
Wait a minute. He through His prophet Jeremiah, 120 years after the northern Ten Tribed Kingdom was scattered by the Assyrians–He now utters a prophecy that He will indeed inhabit His chosen people placing His Spirit within their hearts and promising that they will be His people! Nothing has changed in God’s heart. What He does, He does forever.
How will He make this New Covenant with His Chosen people, who are the fleshly descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob if they are lost forever, especially unto themselves? If they are not in the earth today, then the above prophecy in Jeremiah cannot be fulfilled. And it simply must be fulfilled because He said that His word “shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isa. 55: 11).
Lost Forever? Not so fast…
Yet the naysayers persist in saying that the old tribes of Israel are lost, thrown out into the dust heap of history and, therefore, are unfindable in the earth today. And so they say, what’s the difference anyway? In anticipation, as if to refute this thought, the Spirit through Jeremiah continues to speak, “Thus saith the LORD (Yahweh), which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars by night…If those ordinances depart from before me, saith Yahweh, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever…If the heaven above can be measure, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel…” (v. 35-37).
Wow. Homo ingnoramus has not measured the heavens nor the foundations of the earth, nor indeed can he. Therefore, if we are to believe His word, He has not cast off all the children of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In fact, they are a nation today, only they do not go by “Israel”, obviously, for they are lost at present, according to His word.
[To be continued…]