ln Matthew 10:5-6, Jesus commanded His apostles: “go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of lsrael.” Where were the 12 to go? Will this not define for us the 10 lost Tribes? What was this “lsrael” to whom Christ alluded? Was it not true that Jesus was to go, Himself, to these cities? Matthew 11:1 What were the disciples to preach when they went? ln Matthew 10:23, Jesus remarked that all of these cities cannot be visited, “before the Son of Man comes.” ln Luke 10:1 the Lord made selection of 70 others and sent them before Him. These were in addition to the 12. Later, when Christ commissioned the 12th after His resurrection, He sent them “into all the world.” Mark 16:15
What land and which people does the word “lsrael” refer that our Lord references? We know that after the reign of King Solomon, the nation of lsrael was divided into 2 parts, the northern part was sometimes called “the house of lsrael” and the southern part “the house of Judah.” Regarding the use of the word lsrael, was that necessarily a reference to a people or a locatlon? ln Matthew 2:20-21 “get up and take the young child and His mother, and go into the land of lsrael: because they who are attempting to take the young child’s life are dead. And he got up, and took the young child and His mother, and came into the land of lsrael.” The Greek word for lost is translated 33 times as lost, 26 times as destroyed, 22 times as astray. The Latin Vulgate version has Matthew 10:6 and 15:24 translated as “sheep that are perishing.” Please remember, that there was more than one mission to which
reference can be made. Matthew 10’s mission speaks about the Jews in the land of lsrael, while Matthew 28 references a new and much wider mission-“people of all ethnic backgrounds, nations.” Did the 12 disciples, the 70 and Christ not accomplish what they were sent to do? Did the 11 to whom Christ spoke on the night of His resurrection accomplish their purpose and mission? What is the origin of the people who since the 1800s, have moved to the land of lsrael and call themselves Jews? ln Genesis 48:19, Jacob prophesied: “His seed shall become a great people.” Of whom was the patriarch Jacob
speaking? Consider that Jacob already had 12 sons and their offspring was called “a fullness of people,” and Genesis 48:5 tells us that Jacob adopted Joseph 2 sons, Ephraim and Manasseh as his own, who might these people be? Were they a part of the clan? Just because people moved to the land called lsrael, did that make them Jews? Some were white with blue eyes, some were black, some looked like Asiatics. lf Jesus and His disciples, the seventy included did not do their jobs, was the command the Lord gave them, aborted?? Whom do you consider the people being discussed in Deuteronomy 28:58-63,
are? We can’t even trace the countries to which these people all originated! So to narrowly state that the 10 lost Tribes of lsrael would be the people of the Old Bible, is without doubt, unreasonable!
When Jacob called his sons together in Genesis 49:1, the Hebrew text actually translates “in the days to come,” as “at the end of days.” lsaiah wrote: “At the end of those days, the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established and exalted, and all nations shall flow unto it, no man shall teach his neighbor, ” know ye the Lord”, for all shall know me from the least unto the greatest. Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” lsaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-4 This corresponds exactly to what Jesus was telling in His FINAL missions He commanded. Matthew 24:14 At the end of the existence of this chosen people known by the name the Jew, the church of Christ was established, in this city of Jerusalem, in A. D. 33, at 9 o’clock on that Sunday morning, “and they that gladly received
peters preaching, on that day, were baptized on the Lord added to the church daily, those who are baptized into Christ for the remission of sins.” Acts 2:37-47. The gospel they preached inaugurated the regeneration, began the new creation, and was known as the church of Christ. So, if you’re looking for the lost sheep of the house of lsrael, try attending the worship service of the church of Christ in your area. You can tell who we are, for we will serve the Lord’s Supper, every Sunday