GOD GETS FED UP
The DIVORCE of ISRAEL
The issue of Israel's divorce is an important one to address. It is one of the keys to identifying the Lost Tribes, and keeping them separate from the Jews (House of Judah).
Jeremiah tells us about God divorcing the House of Isreal. And Isaiah gives it a confirming side comment. This is followed up by Hosea's statement that Israel is "not my wife".
820 JER 3:8 divorce of Israel
802 IS 50:1 moms bill of divorcement
977 HO 2:2 Israel not my wife
Israel's idolitrous ways lead to God giving them a "bill of divorcement." But that created an obstacle between God and the people of the House of Israel. By God's law, a woman or man who was divorced had to wait until the partner died before they could remarry. Otherwise the person was guilty of adultery. Since God gives us no indication that that law has been changed, we must go on His last statement about one partner dying.
We need to pause here and do a little study. The law of divorce is given by Moses in Deuteronomy 24:1-4.
But you won't see anything about not being able to marry in that passage. Quite the opposite. It describes re-marrying clearly, saying that the woman given a bill of divorce may marry another husband. The first husband may never take her back; even if the second husband divorces her, or if he dies.
But the divorce law was re-interpreted by Jesus, just as he redefined the law of murder. In Matthew, chapters 5 and 19, Jesus says that the man who divorces a woman and takes another, makes the first woman commit adultery. This is adequately witnessed again in Mark 10:11-12, but adds that the man commits adultery too.
Again, in these New Testament passages, there is no mention about one partner dying. But please consider, does the man whose wife dies commit adultery by marrying again? It's pretty hard to commit adultery against a dead person. So if one of the divorced partners dies, the charge of adultery can't be brought.
One last question before we return to the main topic. Is it possible for God to commit adultery? He can't break His own law. Therefore, before the House of Israel could re-marry without committing adultery, legally, her first husband had to die.
In the form of Jesus, God died. This freed the House of Israel from the bond of the law, and allowed the establishment of a connection between the formerly divorced house and God.
Isaiah, starting especially in chapter 40+ is an explanation of the coming messiah and his relationship to the House of Israel. This account is a more detailed account of the same events described by Hosea. When reading these chapters of Isaiah, keeping reminding yourself that the House of Israel is England, the US and northwest Europe. The activities and prophecies will make perfect sense to one who knows a bit of the history of those people.
By the time we get to Isaiah chapter 54, we find the divorced wife being referred to as the "barren one."
This divorcement issue also helps make sense of something that Jesus says. He was "not sent but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel." He could have easily said what the fundamentalist Christians like to think, that he was sent for the lost sheep of the world. Another common Christian misconception is that Christ came for the Jews, but, fortunately for the Christians, the Jews rejected Jesus, opening the door to the rest of the world; especially them. Other interpretations of Jesus' "mission" are equally faulty.
Jesus said "house of Israel" because he referred to his task of reuniting the divorced House of Israel and God. Certainly the Jews didn't need reuniting with God. They were still known as the people of the God of the Bible. And even a beginning student of scripture knows that the Jews were of the Tribe of Judah, specifically, and as an adjunct, the tribes of Levi and Benjamin (with some from Simeon thrown in).
Jesus even gives adequate witness by sending his disciples to those very same House of Israel folks. The Lost Tribes study will show that a majority of the locations visited by the apostles were those on the westward route taken by the Lost Tribes on their march to their new "place"; that Nathan prophesied to David in II Sam 7.
So, while there are numerous references to the Church being the Bride of Christ, this has no bearing on the Lost Tribes until it is recognized that the overall concept is the House of Israel; which means more than those who are "saved." Salvation is a side issue, not the main issue.
Jesus came to re-establish contact for an express reason, which was NOT the salvation of the House of Israel. It was so that they could continue their God-given task of informing the rest of the world about His coming Kingdom. You'll note that Jesus didn't preach salvation. He preached the kingdom of God. Look it up.
God's purpose for the Israelites, all twelve tribes, is to get the word of His kingdom out to the rest of the world. The Jews fumbled the ball and became a "closed" society. They were never initiatory in disclosing God to those around them. They didn't sent out missionaries as did England, the US and other European nations.
Those nations have been recognized by the rest of the world as people who profess the God of the bible. They have become what Hosea said they would, "known as the sons of the living God."
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