"I Came Only To The Lost Sheep"
In Matthew 15:24 Christ said,
"I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
He said this while refusing to help a Canaanite woman. Later He did share some of the children's blessings with her because of her faith.
John 10:26-28 "But you did not believe because you are not of My sheep. As I said to you,
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28 And I give to them eternal life, and they shall never ever perish, and not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand."
Christ said this to the Judean (Jewish) leaders. We know that they were Abraham's descendants, but they were not descendants of Jacob/Israel.
John 8:33 They answered Him, We are Abraham's seed and were never in bondage to anyone. How do you say, You will be made free?
The key in the verse above that is often missed is that they were "never in bondage to anyone". This was quite true and this is how we know that they were not children of Israel or Jacob's descendants. All of Jacob's children went to Egypt. They were in bondage there. The Judean (Jewish) leaders were not Israelites. They were Edomites or children of Jacob's brother Esau.
We do have clues as to who the sheep are today. Here is one that is obvious, but is usually spiritualized without any justification.
Hebrews 8:8b "Behold, days are coming, says Yahweh, and I will make an end on the house of Israel and on the house of Judah; a new covenant shall be,
9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt," because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not regard them, says Yahweh.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My Laws into their mind and write them in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." (see also Jeremiah 31:31-37)
This is an unconditional physical promise made to a physical people and it has been kept. Israelites have a hard time believing that not everyone thinks and acts the same because not everyone has the Law of Yahweh written on their hearts. They have the Law written on their hearts and they assume that everyone else sees right and wrong in the same way. All you have to do is look and listen to what is happening these days to realize that not all people have the Law as Jeremiah 31:33 says,
"I will put My Laws into their mind and write them in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
as Yahweh promised to Israel.
Who are these people today? (Indisputable archaeological evidence is available. Even Josephus admits this.) Today these people are identified as the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian and kindred peoples.
My next article concerns clues that you can look for in the Scripture.
"The LORD" has been replaced with the original text YHVH or Yahweh. Yahweh is an English transliteration of our God's Hebrew name.
All quotes from the MKJV.
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