So, a couple days ago while reading/researching the beginning of the series we started yesterday, A Common Error in Christianity and Judaism, I came across a couple verses I do not recall having ever seen. Because I was researching examples of ‘Israel’ and ‘Judah’ in juxtaposition, this was one of the passages that I happened upon…
7 He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” Then the dread of the Lord fell on the people, and they came out as one man. 8 He [a]numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel were 300,000, and the men of Judah 30,000. 9 They said to the messengers who had come, “Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.’” So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. 10 Then the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good [b]to you.” 11 The next morning Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.
Immediately, another verse came to mind,
23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the [a]nations will [b]grasp the [c]garment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”
And, yet another passage popped into my head after that!
11 Then it will happen on that day that the Lord
Will again recover the second time with His hand
The remnant of His people, who will remain,
From Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath,
And from the [a]islands of the sea.
12 And He will lift up a standard for the nations
And assemble the banished ones of Israel,
And will gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.
13 Then the jealousy of Ephraim will depart,
And those who harass Judah will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
And Judah will not harass Ephraim.
14 They will swoop down on the slopes of the Philistines on the west;
Together they will plunder the sons of the east;
[b]They will possess Edom and Moab,
And the sons of Ammon will be [c]subject to them.
15 And the Lord will [d]utterly destroy
The tongue of the [e]Sea of Egypt;
And He will wave His hand over the [f]River
With His scorching wind;
And He will strike it into seven streams
And make men walk over [g]dry-shod.
16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
For the remnant of His people who will be left,
Just as there was for Israel
In the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt.
Many of you have followed my blog long enough to know that sometimes my brain makes odd connections, but I also know a few of you followed this thought trail and are way ahead of me already!! Exciting, yes??
As yesterday’s topic is developed, we will find that through grafting in, Scripture may present us with a very interesting picture of who Israel is. Orthodox Jew Hanoch Young, among others, believes that ‘Ephraim,’ a term often used interchangeably for ‘Israel the Northern Kingdom,’ may well be the remnant hidden in the Christian Church who are now coming to Torah….
Anyway, the first passage has a fascinating picture of a 10:1 ratio of Israel to Judah as ‘one man’ who come together to destroy their enemies.
The second passage tells a bit about the gathering of the nations to Jew-D’uh 😉 in a 10:1 ratio (though the picture may also be ten tribes being gathered to Judah…).
The third passage clearly prophesies for the regathering of the remnant in the last days for the purpose of occupying the land and destroying the enemies of God.
Do they all fit together, the first as a prophetic picture of the second two prophecies?
What are your thoughts?
You asked “Do they all fit together, the first as a prophetic picture of the second two prophecies?”
Sure they do! Although in some respects the multiplier of 10 may simply be a short hand way of saying many, many or multitudes, multitudes. I have always connected the curses of Deuteronomy 28 to the great multitude of Revelation 7
Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. Deuteronomy 28:64
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9
On one hand they are going out to the nations on the other hand they are coming home from the nations. Same story the curse and the redemption.
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Pete, it’s also interesting that the first passage lists multiples of “3” in regard to both Judah and Israel. This is number of counsel, seed, gathering, resurrection, firstfruits, trees, elevation (Pergamum), and land. (Creation Gospel) With 10 being the number of a congregation, I think your connections of regathering and 10:1 are spot on. (:
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Nice connect with ‘3.’ I had not even considered that!
What does the oxen signify in this verse that makes it of such importance?
“He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.”
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