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Kingdom of Priests: Go to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, Understood

Go to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel

Go to the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel

Jesus gave an interesting order to His disciples as they were receiving “on the job training” of doing what He was doing and teaching what He was teaching. In Matthew chapter 10, they were commanded to go and preach as Jesus had done (back in Matthew chapter 4), however Jesus interestingly enough limited their audience. See Matthew chapter 10:

5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jesus commanded His disciples to avoid the Gentiles and avoid the neighboring Samaritans, and instead they should go only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Why is this? God follows an order. In fact, God is order.

The Lord’s Words Don’t Come Back Void!

It has been said that the very first law of creation is order. Order is the same reason God had to allow Adam to die. It is the same reason God had to send the house of Jacob into captivity. It is also the same reason why Jesus sent His disciples only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, at that time. There is an order to things, one is that His word(s) do not come back void.

God told Adam, in the day you sin, is the day you die. Adam sinned and Adam has been dying ever since. Adam was even at one point subject to the second death ( in many cases he still is). God told the house of Jacob, choose between life or death, blessings or curses, they chose death and curses. God is obligated to give each of us, as well as they, what we chose.

I once heard a self-help instructor once say, the Universe responds to you (the Universe refers to God in this case). In other words, if you choose poverty, you will receive poverty from God. If you choose death, death is what you will receive, from God.

God Sent the House of Israel to Themselves

The house of Jacob and Adam both made their own choice and are still receiving their choosing. There is another end of this spectrum; God made the house of Jacob His priest and this job is without repentance as well (Romans 3:1-4, 11:1). The ambassador Paul, made this very clear in chapter 11 in his writings to the Romans.

The children of Israel have a job to do, this job is to administer God’s Word. They are to share God’s Kingdom philosophy and intent, and God’s Glory to the sons of Adam. In the face of the house of Jacob’s rebellion, God simply trimmed the wild grapes off, and is instructing the remnant to proceed with the priestly order. The house of Jacob must do what God commanded them to do, even if God has to raise up stones to Abraham (Matthew 3:9).

The order or protocol, which ordained the house of Jacob the firstborn into God’s family, is the very reason why Jesus came to His own (children of Israel). It is also the same reason He sent His own to the remainder of His children, the sons of Adam.

Education Before Emancipation 

The reason Jesus came to His own is because they REALLY needed Him. The vineyard was full of wild grapes. The valley was full of dead bones; the house was lost and dark. The house of Israel needed to be reawakened, they needed to be revitalized before spreading the Gospel.

This was especially so since they were the firstborn.

Remember Paul said, “to the Jew first” (Romans 1:16). Paul said this with a good quality of understanding because the children of Israel are the firstborns, and the oracles of God were given to them.

The use of the word “first” unquestionably implies there will be more (children) to come into the family. “Only born” would suggest they are the only of God’s children. Following a trail of words should help understand the role, mission, and purpose of Jesus, and let’s start in Isaiah chapter 9:

8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.

God sent a Word into Jacob and it has lighted upon the children of Israel. Who or what is this Word? In John chapter 1 it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1).”

At verse 11 (in the same chapter) the scripture says the Word came to His own and at verse 14 the Word was made flesh and dwelled among us, referring to human flesh. To be continued…

Selah

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