The Lost Sheep

Written by Sarah Apa

On 03/03/2021

So are you Jewish now?

A commonly asked question I get is,

“are you Jewish?”

Short answer is no. But I never answer anything short!

The covenant between the Creator and His “chosen people” weren’t just for the Jews. Most Christians suffer from a HUGE identity crisis.

Quick history lesson

When Yahweh brought the Israelites out of Egypt it wasn’t just the Jews who he brought out.

His chosen people have always been ALL 12 tribes of Israel AND the mixed multitude that left with them.

Yes, the Jews were there, but so were the other 11 tribes and foreigners who joined them while in Egypt.

So the covenant established Israel as a nation made up of all 12 tribes and a mixed multitude…

ALL entering the covenant to become HIS people.

The “crossover” to Mt. Sinai was a Wedding Procession. Yahweh wrote on two tablets, with his finger, the Marriage Vows.

The Torah is a contract of promises that state, “Yahweh will, if we…”

What took place at Mount Sinai was a wedding between Yahweh and Israel.

The exodus marked Israel’s baptism and the commandments established them as the bride of Yahweh which would give His light (Torah) to all the nations.

But after the prophet Samuel came into old age the people of Israel wanted a kingdom just like the nations and begged for Samuel to appoint them a king. But Yahweh warned them that this would not end well. All they needed was Him.

1 Samuel 8:4-9

Israel rejected Yahweh and His perfect illuminating instructions(Torah) and broke their end of the marital vows (covenant). So Yahweh divorced (exiled) Israel.

Israel was divided into two kingdoms…

The northern tribes of…

Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Asher, Gad, Issachar, Naphtali, Zebulun, Joseph which was split between his two son’s Ephraim and Manasseh

and southern tribes of…

Judah and Benjamin.

The First exile was of the northern kingdom (Samaria) carried out by the Assyrians. It occurred in two phases.

First under Tiglath-pileser III…

2Kings 15:29

and then, under Shalmaneser and his successor, Sargon II. The city of Samaria was destroyed and the northern kingdom no longer existed.

2Kings 17:5-6

The next major exile involved the destruction of the southern kingdom. It also took place in several phases, all under the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar.

Jeremiah 52:28-30

The worst of all the destruction was when Solomon’s temple was destroyed and the reign of David came to an end.

Jeremiah 52:29

After the exile ended, only the southern kingdom (Judah and Benjamin) returned. The other 10 tribes (northern tribes) remained scattered among the nations.

Yet the house of Judah and Benjamin still practiced adultery toward Yahweh.

Despite that, Yahweh remained in covenant for the sake of the coming of His Messiah (salvation).

The entire book of Hosea speaks to the spiritual idolatry of the southern tribe and the promises that Yahweh makes for redemption.

“Therefore say, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says: “Though I had removed them far away among the nations, and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a sanctuary for them for a little while in the countries where they had gone.” ’ Therefore say, ‘This is what the Lord GOD says: “I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you from the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ’ When they come there, they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, so that they may walk in My statutes, and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God.”

Ezekiel‬ ‭11:16-20

We are the scattered tribe of Israel. Grafted into Israel as promised through Messiah.

"But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."  Matthew 15:24
But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24

Yahweh said when he came he would speak in parables. The prodigal son, the lost sheep are both about the scattered that left the safety of home (Abba) then were found and return home. Psalm 78

Think of it this way…

When you adopt a child into your home you wouldn’t place a different set of rules over that adopted child than your natural born children.

It’s the same with our adoption into Abba’s house. We are adopted through faith into his home.

Galatians 3:29

The original covenant established at the beginning, renewed through the generations and promised in Messiah.

Romans 8, 9, and 11

Same set of house rules for both the natural branches and the grafted in.

👉 The TORAH 🏹

“There is one TORAH for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” Exodus 12:49

Yahweh doesn’t change. We change for him. It’s the “crossing over” from the world’s way (sin) to his Way (salvation).

Our belief in the Messiah is our own personal Exodus.

When we come to believe in Him, we obey His commands.

Which are His Father’s established instructions found in the Torah!

This is how we show Him we love Him. This is our fruit!

As for me and my family, we are simply trying to obey what the scriptures say.

We do our best to discern what Yahweh’s actual intentions are in the scriptures verses man made traditions based on the scriptures.

We have left behind the opinions and interruptions of man and take Yahweh at His Word.

Colossians 2

We have come to understand that wearing tzitzit and resting on Shabbat is not a “Jewish thing”

it’s a YAHWEY thing.

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Sarah Apa

Sarah is a wife and mother of four. Sarah enjoys many creative expressions and is a diligent student of the Word! She loves learning new things for the family's ever growing homestead. Sarah homeschools her children with the intent of raising her family through a biblical lens. She is passionate about sharing her journey of "crossing over" from the world's way of living to Yahweh's way! She is driven to reach as many hearts as possible through sharing her difficult, yet beautiful walk to the Father.

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