This week's Torah portion is from Leviticus 13:1 through 15:41 and deals with Moses sending forth the spies into the land promised by G-d to Israel. In the selection process, we find something of an anomoly when considered in light of the present popular teaching among many Christian Zionists and a few Messianic leaders in the issue of Two Houses. Their posture is that since the mother of Ephriam was a Gentile and since Ephriam was among those tribes of the north taken into captivity, they became what many call "The Lost Tribes of Israel.' Furthermore, they surmise that those of you who are not physically descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and whose heart is stirred with passion toward Israel are indeed from among those lost ones and are part of the tribe of Ephriam, because your mother is a Gentile.
With this entire position, I take great exception. So much so that I have written a book entitled Arise O Clan of Judah in which I show the reader that this position is untenable and, in fact, contrary to Biblical teaching. I will not fully develop this today, since the book is 76 pages long, but I will at least touch on one easily identified point. In Leviticus 13: 6 we see that from the tribe of Ephraim, Moses selected Hoshea ben (son of) Nun, whom he called "Joshua." From the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunah was selected. In the book of Joshua, in chapter 1, G-d clearly confirms the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with Joshua. Joshua was a Jewish man who inheirited the Land of Promise just as his forefathers had done.
Caleb, on the other hand is of suspicious lineage. In Numbers 32:11 & 12, we read, 'Because they did not follow Me completely, none of the men 20 years old or more who came up from Egypt will see the land I swore to give Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob- none except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, because they did follow the Lord completely.' This should rouse your interest enough to explore who were the Kenizzites. The first mention of them is found in Genesis 15:19 as G-d described the land which He was giving Abram. The Kenizzites lived in the land before it was given to Israel. Caleb, you see, was not a physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but he was counted among the tribe of Judah.
Those who teach this "Two House" theory claim the Gentiles who are "connected" to Israel are of the tribe of Ephriam; G-d shows us that in Biblical times, they were counted among the tribe of Judah. You, being a wild olive branch, have been grafted into the tree that is Israel, so you may partake of all of the promises and the blessings that G-d is providing to His people. We are a tree of twelve branches. There are some who would teach that you may figure out which tribe you are grafted into and those who have it all figured out. But the word of G-d says that your grafting is because of your faith in Y'shua, who is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. You, like Caleb before you, are counted among the tribe of Judah and none other.
|What They Saw||What 10 Reported||What Joshua a& Caleb Reported|
|The cities were fortified||We can't get in||They fear our coming|
|The offspring of Giants||We can't defeat them||The bigger they are, the harder they fall|
burying in the ground
|a land that devours its people
||In death, they are separated from their people; Israelites were joined to their forefathers.