Are Ewe In Y’shua’s Flock, Or Not?

For God does find fault with the people when he says, “‘See! The days are coming,’ says ADONAI, ‘when I will establish over the house of Isra’el and over the house of Y’hudah a new covenant. “‘It will not be like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by their hand and led them forth out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, did not remain faithful to my covenant; so I, for my part, stopped concerning myself with them,’ says ADONAI. “‘For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,’ says ADONAI: ‘I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. “‘None of them will teach his fellow-citizen or his brother, saying, “Know ADONAI!” For all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest, because I will be merciful toward their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.'” Ivrim/Hebrews 8:8-12 (CJB) As they were eating, He took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take [it]; this is My body.” Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them, and so they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is My blood [that establishes] the covenant; it is shed for many. I assure you: I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in the kingdom of God.”
Mark 14:22-25 (HCSB)

Do people really pay attention to the text when they read scripture? If everyone did then they would notice that the New/Renewed Covenant requires the drinking of wine and the eating of bread to serve as the initiation for the agreement between the two parties, this is the same idea used when a contract is signed. If either party violates the agreed upon covenant then the innocent party is no longer bound to uphold the agreement. In the above verses from Hebrews, the writer points out that the whole of Isra’el in the wilderness violated the pact with Yah. However the Father did offer the treaty again to the people after Moshe broke the first tablets, so he already established a pattern to allow Isra’el the chance to reestablish the bond with Him. Patience, mercy, longsuffering, etc. are attributes of the Eternal in regard to His relationship with His people. Because of Yah’s enduring nature he provided the method for the contract to be reinstated through the sacrifice of the second Adam, Y’shua. Interestingly in the quote from Mark in the previous paragraph, Y’shua informs us that he will not drink from the cup again until he does so again in his Father’s Kingdom. To drink the cup again implies that the covenant will be broken once again, otherwise consuming it again would not be necessary.

Since Y’shua is a descendant of Y’hudah/Judah he is therefore an Isra’elite then he was obligated to keep Torah as part of his citizenship. As a representative of Yah, he definitely could not alter the requirements agreed to by the children of Isra’el. A contract is binding as long as no one breaks it. This means that the Most High cannot change the arrangement anymore than we are entitled to, as this would mean there would be no Covenant to reestablish. We have spent so much time attempting to rearrange the agreed upon trust, that we have even accused the Eternal of doing likewise. All this in order to condone our rebellious actions and justify our sins so that they are not held against us.

When Y’shua presented the talmidim/disciples with the renewal offer there were no gentiles present that night to participate in the ceremony. Once again I will state that the word gentile is speaking of someone who is under a different system of authority/government. The Hebrew word goyim and the Greek word ethnos both have to do with nations who are not in the pact that the 12 tribes are in. In this context you cannot be in agreement with the arrangement Yah has established and reject it simultaneously. This would be comparable to agreeing that stealing is wrong, yet there is nothing wrong with me doing it, a double standard. Remember Yah told Moshe that he is not a man/human being that he can lie. This statement categorically implies that only human beings have the ability to lie. Which also takes us to the Revelation for Yochanan concerning events that will occur in the future and warning about the new Yerushalayim not allowing entry into the city to those who practice lies. Falsehood is despised in the Father’s Kingdom as it creates turmoil and mistrust.

How many times do people read or hear a section of scripture and not apply it the way it is stated? An example is the following passage from the B’rit Chadashah; For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” Mattityahu/Matthew 11:18-19 (ESV) Many times I have heard individuals proclaim that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is a sin and that the above passage is not saying that Y’shua consumed intoxicating beverages. However this logic does not hold up as it would imply that Yochanan had a demon because he would not drink grape juice, this would be ludicrous. The implication concerning Yochanan is that he was a nazir/nazirite and would be forbidden to consume any products from the grapevine. Also a mistake frequently occurs pertaining to the difference between a nazirite and a Nazarene … these two words do not mean the same thing at all and are derived from completely different root words. Also note Y’shua refers to himself as the ben Adam/son of man not the ben Elohim/son of God, as he wants us to be able to identify with him as a human being. Likewise how many avoid people who practice lifestyles contrary to Torah, yet Y’shua himself hung around with them but did not sin.

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him. Romans 10:12 (NIV) Here again we have a situation which can cause confusion as the word gentile is a broad translation of the Greek word for anyone who spoke the language of the Greeks and is derived from the root word Hellen. Also involved is the concept too many have accepted pertaining to the word “Jew”, as to often many people jump to the conclusion this is an alternative word for Isra’el. Remember this statement “all Jews are Israelites, but all Israelites are NOT Jews”. The misconception that Israelite and Jew are interchangeable is why so many believe that Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 31 along with Yechezk’el/Ezekiel 37 have already come to pass. The flaw in this mindset perpetuates the misunderstanding that the Lost Sheep of the House of Isra’el are Jews, which they are not. The Lost Sheep of the House of Isra’el is describing the 10 tribes which made up the Northern Kingdom of Isra’el following the splitting of the 12 tribes into two kingdoms. The term lost concerns identity and familial ties, which became confused after the exile occurs at the hands of the Assyrian empire. A significant portion of these exiles have taken on the identities of the people among whom we have been scattered. How many of the leaders of various countries may have possibly been some of these galut/exiles? We were told in B’resheit/Genesis 35:11 the following; And Elohim said to him, I am El Shaddai; be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall be from you. And kings shall go forth from your loins. (HRB) Remember the word nation/nations is the word goy/goyim.

There is not Yehuḏite nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Messiah יהושע. And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Aḇraham, and heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:28-29 (ISR98) As I have noted before, in the previous paragraph, neither being a Jew or a Greek means being part of the kingdom; of which Isra’el is the olive tree. The B’rit Chadashah, being an additional writing pertaining to the Torah, puts it in the category of explanatory or informational resources to further enlighten anyone desiring to be more adherent to the rules of the Kingdom. Therefore the B’rit Chadashah does not stand alone nor can it deviate from the source material of the Pentateuch/Torah. Sha’ul/Paul was not advocating a different law for the gentiles than for Isra’el as this would create animosity not unity. A major discrepancy between Isra’el and the nations arises from the misunderstanding of the New Testament replacing the Torah. Although I have attempted to point out several times the Greek word “diatheke” means covenant and testament, this means they are not saying two different things as many proclaim. Besides many of the gentiles Sha’ul is addressing are actually descendants of the House of Isra’el who are returning to the flock that Y’shua was constantly referring to.

“I am the good shepherd, and I know my [own], and my [own] know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father, and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep which are not from this fold. I must bring these also, and they will hear my voice, and they will become one flock–one shepherd. Because of this the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take possession of it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down {voluntarily}. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take possession of it again. This commandment I received from my Father.” Yochanan 10:14-18 (LEB) Notice the Master declares he has more sheep than just those around him and for them he is going to lay down his life so they can be brought back to the fold. If he were excluding those around him he would not have stated there were others he needed to bring back to rejoin those near him. There is enough circumstantial evidence suggesting that the 12 talmidim probably represented most of the 12 tribes of Isra’el as most of them were from the Galil/Galilee area. With in the first century writings the evidence points to the fact that most of the disciples spoke a different dialect than the Jews in Judea, possibly Aramaic. We know that Sha’ul spoke more than one language and the obvious choices are Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, and Greek.

As the focal point of this series of teachings is the Lost Sheep of the House of Isra’el referred to as Efraim, Samaria, the Northern Kingdom, and the 10 tribes; this will be defining and explaining who those people are and where they probably are in our time. We know that Yah said that disobedience Isra’el would be scattered among the nations in the four corners of the world, so every country on the face of the earth likely has some of these descendants dwelling in their midst. Circumstantial evidence also points to various nations containing significant tribes within them and some have even attained powerful positions in business and government among the people which they had mingled and lost their identities by assuming the customs of those lands and their inhabitants. The re-gathering of these tribes is the Good News of the Kingdom which Y’shua spoke of constantly in his ministry.

And the Lord said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof. In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. Sh’mot/Exodus 12:43-49 (KJV)

The aforementioned paragraph deals with the Pesach/Passover regulations and specifies that anyone not of Ya’akov’s descendants who wants to participate in this national salvation meal, must adhere to the same rules as Isra’el. Yah leaves no leeway concerning this observance and goes so far as to declare that there is only one Torah for Ya’akov’s descendants and also those who would wish to join them. Curiously many individuals indulge in an observance, commonly referred to as communion and proclaim that it is a remembrance of the Pesach and declare it is a new version of the Passover for Christianity. A problem arises relating to the scriptural passages that many ministers use when performing this rite as they leave out several details which Sha’ul uses to deliver a warning to those who partake in ignorance of what is going on. For I received from the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Yeshua on the night in which he was betrayed took bread. When he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “Take, eat. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way he also took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink, in memory of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks the Lord’s cup in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he doesn’t discern the Lord’s body. For this cause many among you are weak and sickly, and not a few sleep. 1 Corinthians 11:23-30 (HNV) Note the word sleep in this context means die.

A point which needs to be stressed is that someone who wants to serve Yah is not required to be in the covenant Isra’el is. The technical details to which the 12 tribes are to adhere does not require the nations to take on the same pact that Ya’akov’s descendants are to abide by. A stern warning that I would advise be given is that those who do not know what the bread and the wine symbolize should never be partaking in that ceremony as their ignorance does not protect them from consequences that they have chosen to overlook. This rite is not some inconsequential remembrance, but a very significant agreement to abide by the Eternal’s outlined procedures. Gentiles who do not wish to adhere to the stipulations Isra’el is required to abide by should bypass this event. When you partake, of the bread and the wine, you are acknowledging the authority of the Father and His contract with the 12 tribes. Do not take this lightly as it may cost you a great deal possibly even your life. In the Revelation it refers to the cup of wrath of which many do not realize is the same cup as the cup of blessing, and this is the one that Y’shua was praying about in the garden. Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani. And he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch with me. And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will but as thou wilt. And he cometh to his disciples and findeth them asleep. And he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye: and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Mattityahu 26:36-44 (DRA)

Moses replied, If you will do as you say, going armed before the Lord to war, And every armed man of you will pass over the Jordan before the Lord until He has driven out His enemies before Him And the land is subdued before the Lord, then afterward you shall return and be guiltless [in this matter] before the Lord and before Israel, and this land shall be your possession before the Lord. But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out. B’midbar/Numbers 32:20-23 (AMP) The context of Moshe’s warning concerns the idea that some tribes might be willing to let the others go it alone, especially when it comes to occupying our inheritance. Make no mistake a literal physical conflict is going to take place as some human beings will actually take on the army’s of Mashiach/Messiah thinking that they can win. Their view will be that they are being deprived of their free will and sadly this will involve the death of many. Democracy is not Yah’s way, nor is a dictatorship; but a benevolent monarchy is His way.

How many of you are comfortable with your relationship to Yah to realize that Y’shua did not want to die, but was willing, for our sakes, to endure the pain and suffering that should have been reserved for each of us. When Yeshua drank the cup with his talmidim that night for them was a respite but for the Teacher it was the cup of wrath as he had accepted our punishment upon himself. Our sins are not ignored but forgiven, this does not mean it is not a violation of the regulations the creator has laid out. Every time we pray we should be confessing our sins just as Y’shua taught us on the hill in the Galil. Do not mistake these statements as excusing those who are not claiming to be of Isra’el and giving a pass for your actions as they too will be judged. There is no escape from judgment for anyone as everyone falls under a minimal set of rules for which we all will have to account for. However anyone claiming to be abiding by Y’shua’s directives and living contrary to what he said is a liar and will be judged as such. By no means is anyone going to meet the full extent of Torah, and this is why Yah provides mercy and grace. Let us not seek to pat ourselves on the back for our excellent behavior … for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of Elohim.

Come out of her come out of her my people is the Father’s cry, especially to Isra’el in these end times. Hopefully we are being a light to all mankind so that others will have the hope we do. If no one can see our lives and how we conduct ourselves then we have put a lamp under a basket and no one can see the light. Remember the city on a hill cannot be hidden as it sets above the valley and is like a beacon. Let our lights so shine, that others may glorify Yah. Try to lift one another up instead of tearing each other down.

Shalom Aleichem!

With the help of the Ruach HaKodesh, written by Rabbi Danny Palmer

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