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Today, the different generations are considered that appeared while GOD was creating the Covenant of Moses.  Along with the account of deliverance from Egypt, there also are important accounts of judgment against idolatry, lack of faith, and spiritual confusion.  Over a span of 40 years, various principles of divine ruling were quietly introduced that included requiring accountability and commitment in the expression of mature love, acknowledging collective responsibility (e.g., that an entire group may be held liable for the conduct of a single member), confession, the inheritance of spiritual promises in place of material goods, intercessory prayer, mercy, redemption, and discharging or fulfilling sacred obligation through a remnant.  GOD is revealed as the true source of all genuine inheritance for mankind.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Malaysia)” who uses the ID “stevan” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since June 12, 2016) posted the following:

 

Moses got lost in the desert for 40 years. Is it actually possible to lost for so long?

He must have been a tard

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.  For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it?  Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?  Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?  Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.  Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee:  and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.  And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;  To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.  Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath:  there is none else.  Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.  (Deuteronomy 4:  31-40, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Law Expresses Love (05/10/2017); Kingdom and One-world Empire (09/08/2016); Slaves to Sin? (04/13/2015); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014); Restoring The Lost? (11/19/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014)

 

“stevan”, GOD has been revealed as a deity who operates through law, judgment, and promise.  There are many points of sacred knowledge a person must have to correctly understand the account of GOD creating a new nation upon the earth by extracting a people from the populations of Egypt.  Only GOD the Creator can provide an inheritance to the offspring of Adam.  The twelve tribes of Jacob were interrelated, yet, were not “family” in the model of “one dad, one mom, and their kids” who all share within one dwelling place.  Egypt was a “one-world empire” that directly controlled the lives of its citizens, and influenced every aspect of life for those within every other existing nation.  During the years of extreme famine, in order to survive the Egyptian people willingly sold to Pharaoh their own livestock, property, and even themselves as slaves.  In the belief systems of Egypt, Pharaoh and the royal family became “gods”, and were the only persons who could be “heirs” within the economic system of their nation.  The Hebrews and other ethnic groups who had struggled to assimilate, copy, “fit in,” and be “accepted” by adopting the customs and practices of the Egyptians, would have to be separated and undergo an extended process of cleansing, growth, healing, and transformation.  Therefore, from the beginning of their exodus, those who would become the covenant people by acknowledging the divine “pass over” and leaving Egypt were a mixed multitude (we say, included Gentiles).

Throughout the Bible, a generation is a span of 40 years.  At the same time there was a generation who wandered (those aligned with Moses); there was a generation who transgressed, was judged, and saw the wrath of GOD (the “then known world” represented in Egypt and Pharaoh); a generation who violated an existing covenant (the 7 tribes living in Canaan); and a generation that would be heirs of the full set of divine promises begun in Adam, continued in Noah and amplified through Abraham.  Those who wandered were never “lost” in the sense of GOD being unable to find them; instead, it is that, they would not be taken directly and immediately into the land of inheritance that was promised to them.  As surely as GOD was always present in their midst through the Tabernacle, he guided their movements through the pillars of cloud and fire.  Because the number of men who would serve as the army of Israel was more than ½ million, the entire group of men women and children who left Egypt is estimated to have been some 3½ million.  From that number, only 2 men of the original group would stand upon their own property within the Promised Land.  Even the prophet Moses and Aaron the High Priest were both disqualified.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Exodus 12:  37-41, King James Version (KJV):  37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.  38 And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.  39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.  40 Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.  41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

(2.)  Numbers 14:  22-24, KJV:  22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;  23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:  24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Deuteronomy 7:  1-10, KJV:  1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;  2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:  3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.  4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods:  so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.  5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.  6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:  the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.  7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:  8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, more is shared on the ministry of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd who returns those who are lost to their fold.  Ministry to the lost further proclaims the divine mercy and righteousness displayed as divine judgment; and what begins as a focus exclusively upon Israel broadens to embrace the whole world.  The lost are those who at one time have been joined to divinity through covenant, inheritance, promise, revelation, or sacrifice.  In some cases, the lost have been scattered or driven away by GOD expressing wrath against sin.  In other cases, the lost are not those who are defiant, insolent, rebellious or scornful so much as they are those gullible, impulsive, naïve and susceptible.  Like Moses, who turned from the path as he was on his way home to get a closer look at a bush that seemed to be in flame, lost believers indulge curiosity, and become drawn away from sacred knowledge and fellowship among the faithful.  Unlike apostates and backsliders whose awareness and self-will are under the influence of sin, the lost have not set out to be separated from the congregation of believers.  The lost continue to desire and value communion, however, they want to be free of challenging elements and restrictions such as condemnation, discipline, doubts, duties, falsehood, fear, punishment, questions, suspicions, and uncertainties.  The work of Jesus Christ as Savior and the task of those who follow him has included restoring the lost by completely and correctly embracing them again.  The Gospel is an outreach to all having faith, yet, in need of spiritual correction and guidance, the scattered and otherwise disinherited.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Sheep Who Lost Their Way? (11/18/2014)

Genesis 18:  20-26, KJV—And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;  21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.  22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom:  but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.  23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?  24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city:  wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee:  Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?  26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.

Psalms 60:  1-4, KJV—O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.  2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it:  heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.  3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things:  thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.  4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.

Psalms 119:  175-176, KJV—Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.  176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

Jeremiah 3:  12-14, KJV—Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you:  for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.  13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.  14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you:  and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

Jeremiah 10:  20-21, KJV—My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken:  my children are gone forth of me, and they are not:  there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.  21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD:  therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

Jeremiah 30:  11-20, KJV—For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee:  though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee:  but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.  12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.  13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up:  thou hast no healing medicines.  14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.  15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity:  because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.  16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.  17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.  18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.  19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry:  and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.  20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

Jeremiah 50:  5-7, KJV—They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.  6 My people hath been lost sheep:  their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains:  they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.  7 All that found them have devoured them:  and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.

Ezekiel 34:  31, KJV—And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 34:  11-12, KJV—For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.  12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

Ezekiel 34:  15-25, KJV—I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.  16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:  but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.  17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.  18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?  19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.  20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.  21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;  22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.  23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.  24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.

John 10:  7-16, KJV—Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.  8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers:  but the sheep did not hear them.  9 I am the door:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  11 I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth:  and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:  and I lay down my life for the sheep.  16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:  them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Matthew 9:  35-38, KJV—And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matthew 10:  5-7, KJV—These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:  6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 15:  21-28, KJV—Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.  22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.  23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.  24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.  26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.  27 And she said, Truth, Lord:  yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.  28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith:  be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

John 11:  47-54, KJV—Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.  48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him:  and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.  49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,  50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.  51 And this spake he not of himself:  but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;  52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.  53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.  54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.

Matthew 28:  16-20, KJV—Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him:  but some doubted.  18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

James 1:  1-3, KJV—James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.  2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

James 1:  13-15, KJV—Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

1st Peter 1:  1-3, KJV—Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:  Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1st Peter 2:  21-25, KJV—For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Ephesians 2:  8-22, KJV—For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.  11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Luke 1:  50-52, KJV—And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.  51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

Jude 1:  20-25, KJV—But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,  21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:  23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.  24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,  25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared on the ministry of Jesus to “the lost.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “towwwdothello” (Level 6 with 24,423 points, a member since December 27, 2007) posted the following:

 

What did Jesus do with the sheep who lost their way?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.  And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.  And he spake this parable unto them, saying,  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.  Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?  And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.  (Luke 15:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Both Lost and Found? (11/08/2014); Two Different Sides? (11/09/2014); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013)

 

“towwwdothello”, here are a few points you may have considered before:

(1.)  Those spoken of as “lost” in the holy writings started out and continue to be in a relationship where Jesus Christ is identified as their owner and shepherd, so to speak.  A separation has occurred whereby a “lost” believer is distanced from the flock (we say, other believers), from sacred knowledge, and from his proper place of duty, learning, nourishment, and service.

(2.)  Those whose awareness and self-will become dominated by sin enter into spiritual confusion where they are unable to discern correctly the spirit content of events, lessons, messages, etc.  In effect, they can no longer hear, recognize, and respond to the shepherd’s call.  Depending upon such finite tools as a compass (i.e., technology), intellect, philosophy, and science, believers forget GOD, and do not maintain focus upon the vital provisions from divinity.

(3.)  The condition of being “lost” pertains to the fullness and correctness for communion, exchanges, and interactions among and between believers as well as in ones relationship with divinity.  Those who left Egypt with Moses, and wandered for 40 years, were never “lost.”  GOD does not “lose track” of our physical location within the earth.  However, believers may become deprived of the authority, benefits and privileges of fellowship with divinity through separation that occurs because of a worldly lifestyle, irregular practice of private prayer, failure to maintain self-discipline, and refusing daily study to gain sacred knowledge.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Jesus came to recover the lost.  In addition to encouraging change and exhorting the people to repent (i.e., acknowledge their covenant promises, renew their commitment, and return to GOD), Jesus shared sacred comforts (e.g., cheer, cleansing, forbearance, forgiveness, healing, joy, love, wisdom), and proclaimed the kingdom of GOD.  The Savior served as a high priest who would make atonement for sin within the Sanctuary in heaven.  The “lost” were shown it is not GOD’s eternal purpose that they be abandoned, denied, destroyed, forgotten, ignored, oppressed, or rejected.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The importance of Jesus to the salvation of all mankind is topic, today, along with more on how an exorcism is used to further challenge, fulfill and transform the Jews as the “lost sheep” of the Good Shepherd. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Muthusamy” (Level 1 with zero points, a member since March 12, 2013) posted the following:


If Jesus is a Jew then why should I be a Christian?

From now call me Jewthusamy.


THE BATTLE AXE: The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013)—As Messiah, Jesus uses Israel to demonstrate the work of resurrection in the completion of Creation, judgment, and divine revelation. Israel, dead in sins, is “raised from the dead,” washed in atoning blood, then established in new covenant and eternal life with GOD. The “history” of Israel contained in the Scriptures is not always one of favor and special privilege that others should envy, or feel condemned by. Those who left Egypt with Moses included a “mixed multitude” (i.e., non-Hebrews and those not of the 12 tribes of Jacob) who wandered for some forty years in the wilderness. At no time were they “lost”, for they were being led by GOD through a pillar of cloud and fire. The very human responses these made to the workings of GOD among us, resulted in only two men from the more than one-half million souls that comprised the armies of Israel actually surviving to enter the Promised Land (Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephuneh). Even the Prophet Moses and Aaron the High Priest were denied through the righteous judgment of GOD.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. (Acts 3: 18-24, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013); Non-existent Debt? (03/07/2013); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); The Firstborn, Higher than Kings? (12/18/2012); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); Lion of Judah (01/10/2011); The Ark of GOD? (12/28/2010); Annual Feasts (12/29/2010); The Afterlife? (12/30/2010)


Dear Jewthusamy:

For mature Christian believers—and those everywhere who are above cultural arrogance, ethnic bias, and racial hatred—the fact that Jesus was born among the Jews is a further display of divine righteousness, not human wisdom, cleverness and perfection. For those playing the games of judgment against GOD, the evidence for divine righteousness by the priesthood, promises, prophesies and salvation granted to Adam are not enough. The destruction brought against those of Noah’s day is not convincing; and the extended history of divine presence, proclamations, and judgments through covenant with the Jews are only an empty gesture.

The revelation of GOD to all the created beings and living creatures of the universe require that Jesus must be a Jew. At question is the integrity of the divine word. The Word of GOD was published as a judgment against the serpent, and became a cornerstone of hope for Adam and Eve. The priestly inheritance that was then established as a seed continued bearing fruit in Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David (and through them to all Israel, and to all mankind); and must yield its harvest in such sacred plantings as eternal life, repentance, redemption, rest, salvation and sanctification. Saying this another way: Jesus must be a Jew to further assist those in spiritual confusion and darkness to see that GOD is not without power against sin, and GOD is not a liar.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the more correct question, for many of us, is not why should we be a Christian? Rather, what is the complete and correct understanding one must have of divine truth? The doctrines, teachings and opinions of men easily establish a comfort zone for our ignorance and pride. That a man would dare meddle in the things of GOD does not result from his containing the increase of divine substance that is provided through the ministry of Jesus Christ. Christian believers are to be focused upon GOD (not Judaism, Islam, atheism, communism, etc.) through Christ and the operation of the imparted indwelling Spirit (called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Holy Spirit). Sinners may choose to have a new name through Jesus; however, only after being “born again” are sinners given new reputations (names), and become known as “believers”, “saints” and “children of GOD.”) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The mission of Christ to recover the “lost sheep” of Israel is topic today, with more on whether atheists are increased by reading the Bible. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ibrahim” (Level 4 with 2,922 points, a member since June 12, 2012) posted the following:


Those who believe in the Christ as their God, please come?

Hi my dear Christians ..
Here is a quotation from the Holy Bible, Matthew , verses 22-27,
It says,
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table .

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Jesus Christ ( peace be upon him ) says that he was sent unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel ..

Now the question is,

Has anyone of you heard that verse before?

If you do, please explain to me,

If Jesus the Christ is God, why he was sent only unto the lost sheep ( lost people ) of the Jews ?

And sorry, my dear Christians, now I got another question,

What can you understand when you read these 2 verses,
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

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NOTE, these questions are expected to be answered by the Christians ..

If you aren’t a Christian & want to participate, please respect the Christianity & the Christians ..

Additional Details

My brother,

Our dear Christians are grown up in Christians’ environments ..

By God, many of them are poor ..

I don’t abuse them when I say that they are poor ..
I feel sorry toward them ..

Ranchmom1,
Ok, let us examine your answer in details ..

You wrote, (( 1. Jesus is the Messiah promised to the Jewish people. The Jewish people were to be a light to the Gentiles He (God) says (to Israel): “I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6. ))

If Jews were the light of the God almighty, why did Jesus say, in the Gospel of Matthew 5:20,

(( “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” ))

Jesus Christ is telling you that if you want to enter the paradise, you must be better than the Jews ..


THE BATTLE AXE: On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013)—Both believers and non-believers who lack the Holy Spirit are impotent, un-teachable and useless as instruments of GOD for ministry, revelation, and worship. As lovers of argument, debate and friction, no atheist may effectively demonstrate the sacred dimensions of human reality, or carry out divine operations that make visible the divine presence. Grounded in “self-righteousness” and insisting upon a “religious liberty” whereby they may continue as childish regarding their own beliefs, many attack the practices and values of those around them. Such persons do not edify (i.e., unselfishly build up the understanding of others), provide no spiritual comfort, and proclaim no “good news” from GOD. No man imprisoned by self-centeredness, self-importance and self-justification can ever know the freedom believers achieve through the correct reading of Scripture, and a right knowledge of the living GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Colossians 3: 9-15, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); Knowing Who Your Real Friends Are (12/11/2012); Suffering for Suicide (12/12/2012); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Still The “Chosen”? (03/19/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); On the Messiah (02/19/2012); The First Jews (02/20/2012); The Cause Of Unrest (01/30/2012); The Need For GOD (01/31/2012)

Dear Ibrahim, it requires more than the few verses from Scripture that I might share with you here to correctly detail the action of GOD among mankind through Jesus. Even so, please consider the following:

1. A promised Messiah and anointed one (Christ) was to reign as a divine agent over Israel, and by extension, all mankind. An aspect of his mission would be to re-unify the scattered peoples. The tribes are spoken of as “lost”, yet, the areas where they were to be found, and their physical location was very well known.

2. Jesus appeared to reject the woman who pleaded for her daughter’s exorcism because he was portraying, and challenging, the historical attitude and response of the Jews to other Hebrews and Gentiles. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, from the lineage of David (and therefore entitled to be called “a Jew”, one from Judea). However, he was raised in Galilee, and was hated as if from one of the ten tribes that made up the Northern Kingdom.

3. The Unified Kingdom of David was lost through his grandson, Rehoboam. Ten tribes rejected rule by the house of David, and became the Northern Kingdom. Under Jeroboam son of Nebat, Samaria (Israel) rejected the Temple at Jerusalem, and chose idol worship and the Golden Calf from Egypt. Conquests by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Medes, Greeks, and Romans did not fully destroy the covenant people. They were divided, and in spiritual confusion; yet, GOD continued to observe the divine promises, and sacred purposes established among the Jews.

4. The Scriptures use the phrase “the Jews” referring broadly to the Temple community consisting of beggars, elders, factions (e.g., Herodians (royalists), Pharisees, Sadducees), guards (security personnel), lawyers, Levites, livestock merchants, money changers (currency exchangers), petitioners, prophets, priests, repairmen (such as carpenters, roofers, stone cutters), scribes, and teachers. The Sanhedrin Council of seventy, and the various cliques and mobs that specifically opposed Jesus and his followers who continued as the early church, also are repeatedly called “the Jews.”

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Israel was never to be regarded as a chosen people on the basis of their own righteousness. They were to be a device to demonstrate and display the steadfastness and righteousness of GOD to all mankind (called “the Gentiles”). The Scriptures are not to be regarded as a record of Jewish achievements, or their failures, so much as a chronicle of divine interventions, eternal and ongoing judgment, and divine wrath against sin. Because a balanced and full revelation of GOD is being documented, there are detailed presentations regarding atonement, compassion, forgiveness, healing, incarnation, love, mercy, and sanctification as well.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC