And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is
grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mat 15)
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Mat 10)
Theres been a lot of talk about Jesus being Jewish on our forums lately... I will neither confirm nor deny that he was, but rather leave you to your
own thoughts on the issue.
In two passages Jesus mentioned that he came to the lost sheep of Israel as shown above...
I've been thinking about this idea recently, and i've been led to the conclusion that these "lost sheep" were the members of the existing religion,
that being Judaism.
He regularly spoke out about many of the traditions of the elders, for example washing hands/dishes, Dietary laws, and even some of the major tenants
of the faith such as animal sacrifices.
Now also considering my stance on the God of the OT (those that know of my threads will understand) I am of the opinion that Jesus was saying... "I
came to reform the beliefs of those of the jewish faith, and show them the true God who they do not know or understand"
Before we open this discussion i would like to specifically state...
i am not against those of the Jewish faith... Your beliefs are your own, and you are free to believe whatever you will...
So the questions for this discussion are as follows
1. Who were the lost sheep of Israel in your opinion?
2. Why did Jesus come to them?
3. Why were they lost according to Jesus?
Discuss rationally please
edit on 2-10-2012 by Akragon because: (no reason given)