“Lost Tribes of Israel.” Huh? What?
What do we mean by “lost”? There are Jewish people all around the world. Who’s lost? How did they get lost, and what exactly does that even mean, “lost”?
If you’ve ever heard the term “Lost Tribes of Israel” and wondered what it means, this podcast is for you. In this episode of A Jew and a Gentile Discuss, Carly asks Ezra these and other questions you probably have but may not even realize. Things like:
- Who are the Lost Tribes?
- How do we really know a people groups’ claim to be from the Tribes of Israel is true?
- Where are the Lost Tribes now, and how did they get there?
- What’s their connection to the mainstream Jewish community today?
And the big one:
- What do the Lost Tribes of Israel have to do with you and your walk with God? Why should you even care about them?
Carly also asks Ezra to share a bit about the work Jewish Voice Ministries International does with the “Lost Tribes of Israel.”
Along the way
Along the way, you’ll learn the fascinating backstory about the “Lost Tribes of Israel,” some meaningful applications and several points worthy of a mind-explosion emoticon, including:
- The literal, technical definition of the “Lost Tribes of Israel” and the general, worldwide-accepted understanding of the term
- How identifying “lost” Jewish people groups is both science and art
- Factors used to determine the credibility of a groups’ claim to be Jewish
- The intriguing history of Africa’s Lemba people and their ties to ancient Israel, particularly the Levites
- Two good starting places on the map for looking for “Lost Tribes”
- Why Jewish population counts vary depending on who is reporting it
- Some really surprising places where “Lost Tribes of Israel” have been discovered
- Why Ezra pronounces the Tribe of Gad with his Rochester accent rather than how it’s said in Hebrew
- How God shows Himself true to His Word when it comes to Israel and the “Lost Tribes”
- What the “Lost Tribes of Israel” have to do with the Second Coming of Jesus
- Who else is interested in the “Lost Tribes of Israel” besides Jewish and Gentile Believers in Jesus
- An unfortunate reality about human nature and how it affects some Lost Tribes immigrants to Israel
- Lots of excellent references to Scripture
- A common–sense call on every Believer
- Personal inspiration for your life about why God’s faithfulness to Israel matters to you as a Christian
Words you might learn in this episode
“Made aliyah,” Yeshua, l’dor v’dor, Shabbat, Lemba, kohanim, Bnei Manmase/Bnei Menashe, Igbo (pronounced Ee-bo), Jewish haplotype, Yibir, Am Yisrael Chai, eschatologically (eschatology)
Scriptures referenced in this episode
Deuteronomy 4:27, Nehemiah 1:8, Ezekiel 36:19, Isaiah 11:11, Isaiah 11:12, Jeremiah 23:3, Ezekiel 37:21, Romans 11:29, Jeremiah 33:19–21, Ezekiel 20:42, Jeremiah 31:35–36, Mark 13:32, Matthew 23:37–39, Revelation 7:4, 9
Carly mentions a map that you can find on the Lost Tribes Coffee Co. webpage, and they also refer to a podcast about JVMI’s congregational work with the Lost Tribes of Israel in Africa. Look for Episode #7, Indigenous Jewish Ministry: Where, Why, How.
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