To demand a ‘pound of flesh’ is to demand something to which one thinks he is ‘entitled’.
This is what the ‘two house’ people of all varieties do, though they think and say they do not.
There are Messianic Jews who think in a ‘two house’ vein. They think they take preeminence in His House because they are Jewish, and will not allow Gentiles to serve in ‘office,’ to read at the Bimah, and do not think Gentiles can or should keep His Torah. [This is all rooted in Talmudic thought, the spirit of Sheker HaMashi’akh].
There are Messianic Gentiles who think in a two house vein, and call themselves ‘two house’, asserting that the children of Efrayim have become believers in Messiah because they are children of Efrayim/Yisra’el. That Elohim ‘called them’ to Messiah because they are descended from one of the ten “lost tribes”. And that they ‘deserve’ to inherit the Land of Yisra’el because of their DNA. They do not realize that the scriptures never call the ten northern tribes ‘lost’. That thinking is an invention of man, and they’d be surprised to learn the thought’s origin. They do not realize that ALL TWELVE TRIBES are doctrinally lost! And that they will come back to Messiah ALL AT ONCE, AT THE END, AFTER having suffered discipline [tzarah, tribulation], only THEN coming to trust in Messiah Yeshua as their One King and Shepherd.
For now, ALL YISRAEL, ALL TWELVE TRIBES, are LOST SHEEP! They are only saved by HIS BLOOD and their TRUST in His Khesed. And they are NOT called because of their DNA.
Two-housers take the verse out of Yirme-Yahu 50 OUT OF CONTEXT and make a whole new doctrine out of it.
“My people has 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 resting-place.”
This is the ONLY PLACE that calls Yisra’el “lost sheep” in the Tanakh scriptures. Here, it is in the prediction of Bavel being destroyed by Paras [Persia], a prediction Dani’el later makes in detail. This message is given to Yirme-Yahu, the Navi to the Kingdom of Yehudah! The SOUTHERN Kingdom. AFTER Khizki-Yah called the REMNANT of the northern tribes BACK to the feasts, and the REMNANT RETURNED, and joined Yehudah. Hence, Yirme-Yahu refers to the SOUTHERN KINGDOM as Yisra’el ! The remnant from the north had rejoined the TRUE Kingdom, which itself had also erred in sin. We see this remnant in the Brit Khadashah! [Shimon and Khanah, and others named from tribes other than Yehudah and BinYamin]. Yisra’el was LOST because their “Pastors” [shepherds, teachers of the Torah] were LEADING THEM ASTRAY doctrinally! These verses have NOTHING to do with geography or DNA! When Yeshua sent His twelve to “The Lost Sheep of the House of Yisra’el”, He told them specifically NOT to go to the Shomronim [Samaria], who WERE [partly] descendants of the ten northern tribes! MORE descended from Efrayim/Yisra’el than ANY modern person, that’s certain. The twelve were told to and went ONLY to “Yehudah,” which, in the 1st century and into today is ALL TWELVE TRIBES under the kingship of Yehudah, as it was in the days of Yirme-Yahu.
More importantly, however, is that the scriptures make it VERY clear that NO ONE, Jew nor Gentile, becomes a believer in Messiah and a recipient of His Salvation because of their link to Avraham or Yisra’el through their flesh. NO ONE. WHEN will ALL people learn this? Jews are NOT saved because they are Jews, and Gentiles, Efrayimi or otherwise, are NOT saved because they are descended from Efrayim/Yisra’el.
“It is not as though D’var HaElohim had actually failed. For all those who belong to Yisra’el are not Yisra’elites. Neither, because they are of the seed of Avraham are they all His children; for it was said, “In Yitz’khak shall your descendants be called. That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of Elohim, but the children of the promise who are reckoned as descendants.” Rom 9
Lest there be any doubt, the writer says AVRAHAM…. Yisra’el had TWELVE children, but ‘two housers’ apply every reference to “Yisra’el” in the Nevi’im ONLY to the ten northern tribes, whom Elohim FORGOT, apart from a small remnant. MOST references to Yisra’el in the Nevi’im are to all twelve tribes. That remnant of the ten northern rebellious tribes rejoined Yehudah in 2 Chron, was scattered AGAIN WITH Yehudah in 70AD, and are now called both Yisra’elites AND Jews. They will return together with Yehudah, because they have already been rejoined with Yehudah, as Hoshe’ah predicted, and as was carried out by Khizki-Yahu in 2 Chron.
REGARDLESS, ALL of natural Yisra’el WAS CUT OFF when Yeshua died. And ONLY trust in Messiah, APART from DNA, gets ANYONE grafted back into that tree. The GIFT of salvation was OFFERED to Jews FIRST, ALL TWELVE TRIBES, BECAUSE of the PROMISE that G-d made to AVRAHAM [Not to Ya’akov/Yisra’el, but to Avraham]. They were NOT CALLED nor did they receive the Ru’akh because they were Jewish nor Efrayimi, but because Elohim made a promise to Avraham to bring salvation to them first, and then to all nations. It had NOTHING to do with their genetics/ancestral heritage. If it did, every Jew and every so-called Efrayimi would have been saved in the first Century at Shavu’ot. But only 3,000 were, of a million or more. Genetics/flesh still does not play a role in salvation. Not in ANY WAY. And they did NOT respond because of DNA, but because of TRUST in the MESSAGE and the promise!
“For it is not the one who is outwardly a Yehudi [Or Yisra’eli ] who is the real Yehudi; neither is circumcision that which is seen in the flesh. But a real Yehudi is one who is inwardly so, and circumcision is of the heart, spiritually and not literally; whose praise [worth] is not from men but from Elohim.” Rom 2
“Are you so foolish, after having begun with spiritual things, to end now with things of the flesh?” [Two house is a doctrine of the FLESH]. Gal3
”You must know therefore that [only] those who trust, in absolute trust, are the children of Avraham. Because Elohim knew in advance that the nations would be declared righteous through absolute trust, he first declared to Avraham…” Gal 3
NO ONE is a child of Avraham NOR not eve a Jew, nor an Yisra’eli, except those who TRUST in the BLOOD of Messiah Yeshua! And it is ONLY because of that trust that they are given the Ru’akh… and ONLY because of that TRUST will they inherit the land, as ONE NATION under King Messiah!
“Now the promises were made to Avraham and to his seed as a covenant. He did not say, “To your seeds,” as of many, but, “To your seed,” as One, that is Mashi’akh.”
If ANYONE sees himself saved as an Efrayimi Or Yisra’eli, they are in fact LOST! NO ONE is descended from Avraham UNLESS they descend from MESSIAH, in the Ru’akh! DNA is GARBAGE in His kingdom!
If one is trusting in their being the ‘seed’ of Efrayim, then they have pre-empted THE SEED, Messiah Yeshua, who came 900 years after the ten tribes were forgotten! Their lineage is tainted! They come from the WRONG line!
“And, this I say, that the covenant which was previously confirmed of Elohim in Mashi’akh cannot be repudiated…..” Yet two-housers repudiate it, coming to think they are saved because of their lineage, most of them AFTER they ‘say’ they trust in Yeshua alone for salvation.
It was confirmed in Messiah TO AVRAHAM! LONG before Efrayim the man was born, and certainly LONG before his children were forgotten.
Our Emunah, unwavering trust in His Blood, is the ONLY AFFIRMATION we have, and the ONLY affirmation we need!
“There is neither Yehudi nor Arami, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Yeshua HaMashi’akh. So if you belong to Mashi’akh, then [NOT before!] you are descendants of Avraham, and [then] his heirs according to the promise.”
NOT according to the flesh!~
If you demand your ‘pound of flesh’, you will indeed receive it: you are LOST. The dog has returned to his vomit. The sow to her waddling in the mud.
“Shema!” I implore you. Do not listen to any spirit that says you are Efrayim, when you have no idea who your 14th great grandfather is, much less your 112th great grandfather [the minimum number that would get you back to 900 BC to when the ten tribes were forgotten]
“Are you so foolish, after having begun with spiritual things, to end now with things of the flesh?”