Wednesday, September 05, 2012
"'What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O
! Now, see to your own house,
O David!' So Israel
departed to their tents" (1 Kings ). Israel
These words were said by the people of the House of Israel to the people of the House of Judah, on the day that YHVH decided to divide the United Kingdom of Israel after King Solomon's reign. However, this was not the first time that
had addressed the House of
David in this way. As we know, before all Israel Israel
accepted the leadership of David's rule, David had reigned for 7 years, from , over the House of
Judah. Interestingly, it was only after he had conquered the Jebusite city of Hebron Jerusalem, that Israel
and the House of David's regime. But David's rule was interrupted, and he
stepped down allowing his rebellious son Absalom to take the scepter in Judah (2 Sam ). At this juncture, David fled
and stayed beyond the Jerusalem Jordan,
in the city of Mahanaim, which means
"encampment" (this may have been the place where camped before entering the
Land). David waited there, and did not go out with his army against his son.
But even after the war and his son's death, he still did not go up to reclaim
his rightful place in Israel .
Absalom's army was made up mostly of the Israelites of the North, who after their defeat fled each to his own tent. We are also told that all the tribes were quarreling amongst themselves (2 Sam.19:9). They had anointed Absalom king, but now he was dead, so what were they to do? They had committed mutiny "big time." They had rejected God's anointed one and anointed their own king. How then could they face David?
Unfortunately, this scene reflects the state of the Body of Messiah today, as many have appointed or hired for themselves men as "overlords", while Yeshua, has to flee and wait, until this war with religious flesh is over. What's more, this condition is usually conducive to quarreling. In spite of this, Yeshua, by His loving faithfulness, occasionally knocks at the door of the rebellious heart and beckons it to turn around and repent (Rev.3:20).
According to the account in 2 Sam.19, a remnant of the House of Joseph went down in humiliation and invited David to return. However, he still had not come up. His reasons for not doing so may reveal, by inference, why the Messiah King of Israel, Son of David, also tarries at the gate of the "encampment," in the wilderness beyond the Jordan, and will not come back to reign in Jerusalem. In David's case, it was only a remnant of the House of Joseph who had invited him to return. Praise God for the remnant!
David then sent his two priests, Zadok and Abiathar, to speak to the leaders of
Listen to what these two had to say to David's kin: "Why are you the last to bring the
king back to his house, you are my brothers, are you not my bone and my flesh?"(2 Sam. 19:11-12) Amazingly,
these words turned the hearts of all the men of Judah . I pray that this would be true of the House
of Judah in our generation; may they likewise acknowledge the greater Son of
David and invite Him back to Judah .
At this point the elders of
Judah dispatched word for the king to return,
but David only came up as far as the . He waited for Jordan to come down to Gilgal, which
they did as "one man," in order to meet the king. Gilgal was the
place of the second circumcision, and the rolling back of the reproach of Judah .
(Josh. 5:2,9). Could it be a pattern for today, as the Messiah will wait for
the House of Judah to first realize that they are "bone of my bone and
flesh of my flesh"? (Rom 1:3, 2 Tim 2:8).
In other words, Egypt Judah,
you are the natural branch, (Rom )
for the Messiah was from the shoot that sprang from the root of Jesse in the
Is it possible that Messiah's return is contingent upon the Two Houses humbling themselves, repenting and forgiving each other for the years of jealousy, enmity, strife and murder? Is He waiting for them to come down to Gilgal? Is he waiting for Ephraim to repent of his anti-Semitism towards Judah, his very own Semitic brother, the brother about whom Ephraim declared not to have any part of? Is He waiting for
to repent of their arrogant pride and self-righteousness, thinking like their
forefathers did, when Ephraim (the House of Joseph with its ten portions) was
banished and rejected? For Judah
boisterously said to this idolatrous house that they should go far from YHVH,
"THIS LAND HAS BEEN GIVE US AS A POSSESSION"
(Eze.11:15). Have these traits of possessiveness and pride been carried over to
this very day? Has Ephraim become, in
the eyes of a remnant of Jews, but a ghost of the past, an enigma to be erased
from memory because they were an embarrassment to the family? The prophet Amos, speaking to those who were
at ease in Zion (Amos 1:1), warned them that judgment was near because they
were sitting idly listening to the sound of stringed instruments, inventing for
themselves musical instruments like David, drinking wine from bowls, and
anointing themselves with the best ointments, but were not grieved over the
affliction of Joseph (see v. 4-6). Judah
Maybe Ephraim's brother wanted to forget, but YHVH said that he had not forgotten Ephraim (Jer. 31:20). And just as a little reminder to
, this is what YHVH had spoken
to you about the House of Ephraim: "Although I have cast them far
off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries,
yet I shall be a little sanctuary to them in the countries where they have gone"'
(Eze. ). Has not
Messiah Yeshua, the rock of Judah ,
been their sanctuary for these past two thousand years? Or have they stumbled
over the stone along with Israel ,
as recorded in Isaiah 8:14? "He will be as a sanctuary, but a stone
of stumbling and a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel."
In light of this, it may be a good idea to pay attention to what YHVH said to
the House of Joseph in the following prophecy, a word that came right on the
heels of the Jewish leadership staking claim to the entire land. Judah
"Therefore say, `thus says YHVH Elohim: I will gather you [House of Joseph or Ephraim] from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the
In the following verses the prophet turns directly to land
of Israel and gives a prophecy to them
about what will happen to Ephraim. "And they will go there, and they
will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there".
Can you imagine Ephraim doing that? "Then I will give them one
heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of
their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes
and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be
their God" (Ez. 11:17-20).
Later, these very same words were spoken to both the Houses of Israel
(Eze 37 and Jer.31). To be continued. Judah