1. Henru on October 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Shalom Elazar, thank you for the informative article.

    I have a question about Sha’ul’s work amongst the nations and about the words of Yeshua in Matt.10:6 and 15:24. Yeshua said that he only came for “the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.
    According to the Tanach in Jer.3:8 G-d divorced the House of Israel, but in Hoshea G-d says that He will bring them back to the Covenant make them His people again.

    I am just wondering, could there be a connection between Yeshua’s words in Matt.10:6 and 15:24 and the work that Sha’ul did amongst the nations with the prophecies about the restoration of the house of Israel with the house of Judah?

    If it wasn’t for Yeshua using the words “house of Israel” and for the prophecies in the Tanach I would presume something else.

    Any comments



    • Yuda Bachana on October 6, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment. Mr. Elazar Brant is no longer working with Netivyah. In fact Elazar has left Netivyah and gotten married several years ago. I have not seen him for some years. Your questions are good and I will try to deal with your questions with short answers.

      Jeremiah 3:8, is speaking of Israel, the 10 northern tribes, as you see Judah in the second part of the verse is not divorced at all. You have Jeremiah 31:34-37 that says very clear that as long as there is the sun to shine by day and the moon and stars at night – God will not reject Israel. In addition to all this you have the same paradigm in Hosea chapter two and there too God describes the sin of Israel and God does not divorce and in fact restores Israel and renews the marriage vows to Israel in the end of chapter 2 of Hosea.

      In Matt 10:6 and 15:24, what is the difficulty in understanding these texts. Yeshua came first to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. The first gentiles who heard the Good News of Yeshua were Cornelius and his family in Caesarea – it was at least 10 years after Pentecost of Acts chapter 2 . . . .

      The statement like in Romans 1:16, “To the Jew First and also to the Greek.” makes it totally clear why Yeshua said that He came “for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” In John 4, Yeshua said to the samaritan woman at the well that “Salvation is of the Jews.” The Jews were to hear the Good News first and take it to the Gentiles and so naturally the timeline is “To the Jew First. . . .”

      When the Restoration of the House of Israel and the House of Judah takes place the nations will realize what has happened in History and they will fulfill all the prophetic promises including Isaiah chapter 2 and Zechariah.

      Blessing to you and yours,

  2. Fredrick Swenson on August 3, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t have much to comment on except to say I enjoyed your article very much and I hope I can find time to revisit it later. What got me here was trying to track down the answer to this question; were the Jews who continually dogged Paul on his missionary journeys mainly Hebrew speakers, Greek speakers, or were they bilingual. It seems that in most areas of the Diaspora the latter was the case, but I could be wrong. The reason I’m asking is I’m writing a paper titled “A Commentary on the Apostle Paul’s Missionary Journeys with a Historical Background of the First Century Jewish Diaspora and a Harmonization of Paul’s Epistles to the Churches He Established.” I’ve been doing a fair amount of research on this question but haven’t been able to find any definitive answer yet. Any help you could provide would certainly be appreciated. Thank you.

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