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I received the Tribes book last week and have read it. I found it very interesting and convincing. However, I have a couple of questions.
You said that Judah consists mostly of Judah, Benjamin, Levi and those who have voluntarily chosen to keep the Law. For example, Ruth the Moabitess bound herself to Naomi, and therefore to Judah, and the LORD honoured her by making her an ancestor of King David. If people who choose to keep the Law can bind themselves to Judah, can people without Israelite blood choose to bind themselves to Israel?
This grafting into a family tree is important to me... Unlike the Biblical Elizabeth and Hannah, the LORD has graciously given me my son John, through adoption. In addition, we have hosted 7 international exchange students (each for a year), five of whom consider themselves to be permanent members of our family. One even returned, married a Canadian and has provided me with granchildren, 2 km away. This barren woman can rejoice because LORD has given her more children than the fertile woman!
The second question is regarding the homing instinct. In this part of Canada, we have a large number of Dutch people. I would have thought them to be of the tribe of Zebulon, but are you saying that they may have immigrated to Canada because they were really a part of Ephraim?
Thank you for what you are doing. I have always known that I was set apart for the LORD's work as part of spiritual Israel, but had no idea that I was likely part of physical Israel. I have started to read scripture differently!
(a) Adoptions and
Belonging to Israel:
Moses was given his name by Batya, the daughter of Phaoah, who adopted him.
Exodus 2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh?s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, ?Because I drew him out of the water.?
The Midrash says that Moses actually had other names. His parents gave him a name; his sister had a name for him; Pharoah gave him a name. Even so, the only name we know him by is "Moshe" (i.e. Moses). The Rabbis said this is to show us that sometimes the connection between an adopting parent and their child is closer than any other linkage.
We also have the spiritual-mystical side. It may be that one has a family of souls parallel to biological family. Most of the time the two families will more or less reflect each other but sometimes they will not. Divine Providence may bring about adoptions etc in order to reconcile the family of souls with the family
in physical reality. This is not our field and we are speculating. It is known however that people who group together often have something in common far beyond that which the laws of statistical chance would require. This is most obvious with married couples but it also applies with other familial associations.
Non-Israelites who identify with Israelites will be accepted as Israelites.
21 ?Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.
22 It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
23 And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,? says the Lord GOD.
(b) Dutch people in Canada
We identify the Netherlands with Zebulon BUT many from Zebulon were to be found elsewhere and many from other Tribes (especially Manasseh) were also to be found in the Netherlands. It may that those Dutch people you speak of now in Canada really are descended from Ephraim? Or maybe not? Perhaps they too are from Zebulon? We study and research and present our findings. We aim to reach decisions together with those who are being decided about. In the Messianic Ages matters concerning who belongs to which specific Tribes will be definitive. In a sense we may be helping to prepare the way.
God bless you
Pleased with what you read'