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From: Yair Davidiy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Ezekiel 15
NOTE FROM EDDIE:
Yair Davidi is an ORTHODOX JEW who lives in Jerusalem, Israel and has a ministry (Brit-Am) devoted and dedicated to doing research and spreading awareness of the Ten Lost Tribes and their reunification with the house of Judah in the end of days.
END OF NOTE
[Ezekiel 15:1] AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 15:2] SON OF MAN, WHAT IS THE VINE TREE MORE THAN ANY TREE, OR THAN A BRANCH WHICH IS AMONG THE TREES OF THE FOREST?
Israel is likened to a vine in Psalm 80. The Psalm is actually speaking mainly about the Lost Ten Tribes ("EPHRAIM AND BENJAMIN AND MANASSEH" 80:2) and is worth reading: concerning the vine see verses 80:8-16. The boar who destroys [Psalms 80:13] it is actually Edom. The boar was a favorite symbol amongst early Celtic (especially on the Continent) and Germanic groups. Some of these were of Israelite origin and some were not, though they were related. The gods Essuvus amongst the Celts and some versions of Odin amongst the Germanics actually represent the ancestor-hero Esau.
GIVE EAR, O SHEPHERD OF ISRAEL, THOU THAT LEADEST JOSEPH LIKE A FLOCK; THOU THAT DWELLEST BETWEEN THE CHERUBIMS, SHINE FORTH. [80:1]
BEFORE EPHRAIM AND BENJAMIN AND MANASSEH STIR UP THY STRENGTH, AND COME AND SAVE US. [80:2]
TURN US AGAIN, O GOD, AND CAUSE THY FACE TO SHINE; AND WE SHALL BE SAVED. [80:3]
O LORD GOD OF HOSTS, HOW LONG WILT THOU BE ANGRY AGAINST THE PRAYER OF THY PEOPLE? [80:4]
THOU FEEDEST THEM WITH THE BREAD OF TEARS; AND GIVEST THEM TEARS TO DRINK IN GREAT MEASURE. [80:5]
THOU MAKEST US A STRIFE UNTO OUR NEIGHBOURS: AND OUR ENEMIES LAUGH AMONG THEMSELVES. [80:6]
TURN US AGAIN, O GOD OF HOSTS, AND CAUSE THY FACE TO SHINE; AND WE SHALL BE SAVED. [80:7]
THOU HAST BROUGHT A VINE OUT OF EGYPT: THOU HAST CAST OUT THE HEATHEN, AND PLANTED IT. [80:8]
THOU PREPAREDST ROOM BEFORE IT, AND DIDST CAUSE IT TO TAKE DEEP ROOT, AND IT FILLED THE LAND. [80:9]
THE HILLS WERE COVERED WITH THE SHADOW OF IT, AND THE BOUGHS THEREOF WERE LIKE THE GOODLY CEDARS. [80:10]
SHE SENT OUT HER BOUGHS UNTO THE SEA, AND HER BRANCHES UNTO THE RIVER. [80:11]
WHY HAST THOU THEN BROKEN DOWN HER HEDGES, SO THAT ALL THEY WHICH ASS BY THE WAY DO PLUCK HER? [80:12]
THE BOAR OUT OF THE WOOD DOTH WASTE IT, AND THE WILD BEAST OF THE FIELD DOTH DEVOUR IT. [80:13]
RETURN, WE BESEECH THEE, O GOD OF HOSTS: LOOK DOWN FROM HEAVEN, AND BEHOLD, AND VISIT THIS VINE; [80:14]
AND THE VINEYARD WHICH THY RIGHT HAND HATH PLANTED, AND THE BRANCH THAT THOU MADEST STRONG FOR THYSELF. [80:15]
IT IS BURNED WITH FIRE, IT IS CUT DOWN: THEY PERISH AT THE REBUKE OF THY COUNTENANCE. [80:16]
LET THY HAND BE UPON THE MAN OF THY RIGHT HAND, UPON THE SON OF MAN WHOM THOU MADEST STRONG FOR THYSELF. [80:17]
SO WILL NOT WE GO BACK FROM THEE: QUICKEN US, AND WE WILL CALL UPON THY NAME. [80:18]
TURN US AGAIN, O LORD GOD OF HOSTS, CAUSE THY FACE TO SHINE; AND
WE SHALL BE SAVED. [80:19]
[Ezekiel 15:3] SHALL WOOD BE TAKEN THEREOF TO DO ANY WORK? OR WILL MEN TAKE A PIN OF IT TO HANG ANY VESSEL THEREON?
The grapevine is technically a tree. If the vine produces grapes then it is highly valued and this is the purpose for cultivating it. If the vine does not fulfill its purpose then it is useless, just a troublesome weed. Even for the most simple things, such as making a "pin" (i.e. peg or hook) to hang things on, its wood is useless since it is weak and unmanageable. Same thing for human beings, same thing for nations: We all have our task in this world. Equality means doing our own thing and not that of someone else.
[Ezekiel 15:4] BEHOLD, IT IS CAST INTO THE FIRE FOR FUEL; THE FIRE DEVOURETH BOTH THE ENDS OF IT, AND THE MIDST OF IT IS BURNED. IS IT MEET FOR ANY WORK?
[Ezekiel 15:5] BEHOLD, WHEN IT WAS WHOLE, IT WAS MEET FOR NO WORK: HOW MUCH LESS SHALL IT BE MEET YET FOR ANY WORK, WHEN THE FIRE HATH DEVOURED IT, AND IT IS BURNED?
The point is that to some degree we all have our own unique task in life. We have to do what we can with what we have as we are. We cannot look at other people and say that since they are getting along with what they are so should we do the same. Some people have been called to do certain things and this is why they were placed on this earth. A good doctor would not necessarily succeed if he had to do the job of a plumber and vice versa. As it is with individuals so it is with nations.
The nation of Israel has its own unique task.
The Ten Tribes have their task, Joseph amongst the tribes also has its unique goal.
Judah has its obligation and the national proclivity that should enable it to fulfill itself.
Even if you belief in Judaism that does not necessarily mean that you have to become Jewish.
Maybe God wants you to stay amongst "Joseph" and fulfill the purpose of your life in service to other Lost Israelites?
It is not always easy to know what one's purpose should be in this world but we can do our best and God will guide us.
[Ezekiel 15:6] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; AS THE VINE TREE AMONG THE TREES OF THE FOREST, WHICH I HAVE GIVEN TO THE FIRE FOR FUEL, SO WILL I GIVE THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM.
[Ezekiel 15:7] AND I WILL SET MY FACE AGAINST THEM; THEY SHALL GO OUT FROM ONE FIRE, AND ANOTHER FIRE SHALL DEVOUR THEM; AND YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD, WHEN I SET MY FACE AGAINST THEM.
[Ezekiel 15:8] AND I WILL MAKE THE LAND DESOLATE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE COMMITTED A TRESPASS, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
On the simple level the Prophet is speaking to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
just before the destruction of the First temple by the Babylonians. Because
the people had sinned and had not fulfilled their national obligation their
Land would be destroyed, many would be killed, and the remainder exiled to
other places. On the prophetic level the prophet is referring to all Israel
and warning us (you and I together) to improve our ways for our own sake
and the sake of others.
Ezekiel 16 (especially the second part of the chapter) is one of the most important chapters for Brit-Am learning in Scripture. This chapter refers to the OBLIGATION OF JUDAH TO HELP THE LOST TEN TRIBES RETURN. It refers specifically to "Samaria".
[Ezekiel 16:1] AGAIN THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 16:2] SON OF MAN, CAUSE JERUSALEM TO KNOW HER ABOMINATIONS,
[Ezekiel 16:3] AND SAY, THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD UNTO JERUSALEM; THY
BIRTH AND THY NATIVITY IS OF THE LAND OF CANAAN; THY FATHER WAS AN
AMORITE, AND THY MOTHER AN HITTITE. Your actions are so bad that it is as if you were born to other peoples, known for their iniquity.
Jerusalem was found or at least settled at an early stage by Canaanite peoples. Most of the Canaanites inhabitants (such as the Amorites and Hittites) were driven away but something of the original character of these people remained in the city. When the people began to sin they picked up aspects of the Canaanites character. It was as if, by sinning and idolatry. the city was returning to the nature of those who in a sense had given birth to it.
[Ezekiel 16:4] AND AS FOR THY NATIVITY, IN THE DAY THOU WAST BORN THY NAVEL WAS NOT CUT, NEITHER WAST THOU WASHED IN WATER TO SUPPLE THEE; THOU WAST NOT SALTED AT ALL, NOR SWADDLED AT ALL.
You were not brought up properly and never cut off from your bad
beginnings. THOU WAST NOT SALTED AT ALL:
Just after birth they would rub the baby with salt. This was considered efficacious to strengthen the flesh. The Armenians and other groups in the Middle East maintained this custom until recently and may still do so. Maybe we should do so today? A lot of primitive customs are medically sound.
[Ezekiel 16:5] NONE EYE PITIED THEE, TO DO ANY OF THESE UNTO THEE, TO HAVE COMPASSION UPON THEE; BUT THOU WAST CAST OUT IN THE OPEN FIELD, TO THE LOTHING OF THY PERSON, IN THE DAY THAT THOU WAST BORN.
The beginnings of the Israelite Nation were actually in Egypt where they were persecuted and despised slaves. In Egypt, according to tradition and indications of scripture, the Israelites worshipped idols and had little knowledge of the God of Israel.
[Ezekiel 16:6] AND WHEN I PASSED BY THEE, AND SAW THEE POLLUTED IN THINE OWN BLOOD, I SAID UNTO THEE WHEN THOU WAST IN THY BLOOD, LIVE; YEA, I SAID UNTO THEE WHEN THOU WAST IN THY BLOOD, LIVE.
THOU WAST IN THY BLOOD, LIVE: This is repeated twice. By virtue of the blood of the Passover lamb and the blood of circumcision the Children of Israel were placed under Divine Protection.
[Ezekiel 16:7] I HAVE CAUSED THEE TO MULTIPLY AS THE BUD OF THE FIELD, AND THOU HAST INCREASED AND WAXEN GREAT, AND THOU ART COME TO EXCELLENT ORNAMENTS: THY BREASTS ARE FASHIONED, AND THINE HAIR IS GROWN, WHEREAS THOU WAST NAKED AND BARE.
[Ezekiel 16:8] NOW WHEN I PASSED BY THEE, AND LOOKED UPON THEE, BEHOLD, THY TIME WAS THE TIME OF LOVE; AND I SPREAD MY SKIRT OVER THEE, AND COVERED THY NAKEDNESS: YEA, I SWARE UNTO THEE, AND ENTERED INTO A COVENANT WITH THEE, SAITH THE LORD GOD, AND THOU BECAMEST MINE.
God entered into a covenant, similar to the bond of marriage, with Israel.
[Ezekiel 16:9] THEN WASHED I THEE WITH WATER; YEA, I THROUGHLY WASHED AWAY THY BLOOD FROM THEE, AND I ANOINTED THEE WITH OIL.
[Ezekiel 16:10] I CLOTHED THEE ALSO WITH BROIDERED WORK, AND SHOD THEE WITH BADGERS' SKIN, AND I GIRDED THEE ABOUT WITH FINE LINEN, AND I COVERED THEE WITH SILK.
The Tabernacle was the place where the Presence of God communed with Israel. It was covered over with BADGERS' SKIN and BROIDERED WORK
[Ezekiel 16:11] I DECKED THEE ALSO WITH ORNAMENTS, AND I PUT BRACELETS UPON THY HANDS, AND A CHAIN ON THY NECK.
[Ezekiel 16:12] AND I PUT A JEWEL ON THY FOREHEAD, AND EARRINGS IN THINE EARS, AND A BEAUTIFUL CROWN UPON THINE HEAD.
[Ezekiel 16:13] THUS WAST THOU DECKED WITH GOLD AND SILVER; AND THY RAIMENT WAS OF FINE LINEN, AND SILK, AND BROIDERED WORK; THOU DIDST EAT FINE FLOUR, AND HONEY, AND OIL: AND THOU WAST EXCEEDING BEAUTIFUL, AND THOU DIDST PROSPER INTO A KINGDOM.
THOU DIDST PROSPER INTO A KINGDOM: You had a monarch and a royal house.
[Ezekiel 16:14] AND THY RENOWN WENT FORTH AMONG THE HEATHEN FOR THY BEAUTY: FOR IT WAS PERFECT THROUGH MY COMELINESS, WHICH I HAD PUT UPON THEE, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
[Ezekiel 16:15] BUT THOU DIDST TRUST IN THINE OWN BEAUTY, AND PLAYEDST THE HARLOT BECAUSE OF THY RENOWN, AND POUREDST OUT THY FORNICATIONS ON EVERY ONE THAT PASSED BY; HIS IT WAS.
THOU DIDST TRUST IN THINE OWN BEAUTY: You thought your blessings were due to your own talents and innate qualities. They were gifts of God and your continued enjoyment of them was dependent on Divine favor.
[Ezekiel 16:16] AND OF THY GARMENTS THOU DIDST TAKE, AND DECKEDST THY HIGH PLACES WITH DIVERS COLOURS, AND PLAYEDST THE HARLOT THEREUPON: THE LIKE THINGS SHALL NOT COME, NEITHER SHALL IT BE SO.
You worshipped idols and set up your own houses to sin in.
[Ezekiel 16:17] THOU HAST ALSO TAKEN THY FAIR JEWELS OF MY GOLD AND OF MY SILVER, WHICH I HAD GIVEN THEE, AND MADEST TO THYSELF IMAGES OF MEN, AND DIDST COMMIT WHOREDOM WITH THEM,
You put up non-entities as somebodies to pay homage to. You took a scumbag pervert murder like Arafat and gave him respect and an apparatus of state to kill your own people with. The same applies to Hitler and Sadam Hussein and the others. These are people who lack decency. We should have eliminated them at the very beginning but we gave them respect and the wherewithal to work against us. We became the instruments of our own punishment.
[Ezekiel 16:18] AND TOOKEST THY BROIDERED GARMENTS, AND COVEREDST THEM: AND THOU HAST SET MINE OIL AND MINE INCENSE BEFORE THEM.
Very often these scumbags are supported by funds we gave them or which we could have diverted to better causes.
Bin Ladin attacked the USA with Saudi funds that are really American. The Saudis probably do not really support this monster but he emerged from the cultural and ideological background which they cultivate and his group receives de facto protection from them. Bin Ladin and Sadam Hussein and Gaddafi and Assad and all the others live off oil money much of which originated in the USA or Britain or other Israelite sources.
[Ezekiel 16:19] MY MEAT ALSO WHICH I GAVE THEE, FINE FLOUR, AND OIL, AND HONEY, WHEREWITH I FED THEE, THOU HAST EVEN SET IT BEFORE THEM FOR A SWEET SAVOUR: AND THUS IT WAS, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
Alternately, God gives us the wherewithal to support ourselves reasonably or well. Very often we take this money and waste it on things that are against the will of God such as cultic and sexual activities, gambling, drugs, "splurging", etc. Even TV and movies: Nowadays pornographic movies have become almost respectable. Even "good" movies that otherwise have a positive message, or at least some entertainment values, often have scenes and innuendos that not long ago would have been considered unacceptable or worse. These all cost money to produce and consume. We work and receive money and think it is our own to do with what we will. God says that HE gave us the money for our own needs, BUT if we use it against Him, we will have to give an accounting.
[Ezekiel 16:20] MOREOVER THOU HAST TAKEN THY SONS AND THY DAUGHTERS, WHOM THOU HAST BORNE UNTO ME, AND THESE HAST THOU SACRIFICED UNTO THEM TO BE DEVOURED. IS THIS OF THY WHOREDOMS A SMALL MATTER,
WHOM THOU HAST BORNE UNTO ME: Our children are given us to bring up in the way God wants. Not everyone can succeed in this but at least we can try. The point is, we are not our own masters. Blessings and freedom of action have been given us to use in positive directions or at least not negative ones. The people of Israel and Judah in the past practiced child sacrifice just like the Canaanites and Phoenicians did. This was continued by the Celtic Druids. In our times we allow (and even encourage) abortions for the "public good". The exploitation of children is also an increasing phenomenon.
[Ezekiel 16:21] THAT THOU HAST SLAIN MY CHILDREN, AND DELIVERED THEM TO CAUSE THEM TO PASS THROUGH THE FIRE FOR THEM?
This is the Beltain which symbolically was still practiced until recently in Britain and Scandinavia and elsewhere: People and animals would be led between or over small fires on certain days of the year. It was called "Beltain" in Britain which is Celtic for "Fire of baal".
[Ezekiel 16:22] AND IN ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS AND THY WHOREDOMS THOU HAST NOT REMEMBERED THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH, WHEN THOU WAST NAKED AND BARE, AND WAST POLLUTED IN THY BLOOD.
[Ezekiel 16:23] AND IT CAME TO PASS AFTER ALL THY WICKEDNESS, (WOE, WOE UNTO THEE! SAITH THE LORD GOD;)
[Ezekiel 16:24] THAT THOU HAST ALSO BUILT UNTO THEE AN EMINENT PLACE, AND HAST MADE THEE AN HIGH PLACE IN EVERY STREET.
[Ezekiel 16:25] THOU HAST BUILT THY HIGH PLACE AT EVERY HEAD OF THE WAY, AND HAST MADE THY BEAUTY TO BE ABHORRED, AND HAST OPENED THY FEET TO EVERY ONE THAT PASSED BY, AND MULTIPLIED THY WHOREDOMS.
[Ezekiel 16:26] THOU HAST ALSO COMMITTED FORNICATION WITH THE EGYPTIANS THY NEIGHBOURS, GREAT OF FLESH; AND HAST INCREASED THY WHOREDOMS, TO PROVOKE ME TO ANGER.
TO PROVOKE ME TO ANGER: You desired to be indecent for its own sake. There was always a place for a stranger in Israel. Foreigners could become part of the Israelite nation if they so wished BUT the Bible is against mixing with other peoples. The Bible is also against promiscuity. Ideally a person should be happily married and not cause trouble to himself or others.
If he does not fulfill the ideal and transgresses then there are levels of offence. At the very minimum level, the Golden Rule should be not to take another man's woman and not to engage in unnatural sex. If a person ever has transgressed in any way he can repent and attempt to atone and if he is genuine it will work.
Eisemann: Your sins were not caused by simple lusts. You went beyond that, you wanted to do bad, to anger God.
[Ezekiel 16:27] BEHOLD, THEREFORE I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HAND OVER THEE, AND HAVE DIMINISHED THINE ORDINARY FOOD, AND DELIVERED THEE UNTO THE WILL OF THEM THAT HATE THEE, THE DAUGHTERS OF THE PHILISTINES, WHICH ARE ASHAMED OF THY LEWD WAY.
You will be given into the hands of those who hate you.
THE DAUGHTERS OF THE PHILISTINES:
These are Palestinians. The verse is applying to Judah. Some of the Jews in Judah will run after the Palestinians to pawn to them. This will bring disgrace on Judah. The Palestinians are named after the Philistines. "Palestine" is a Latinised version for the name "Philistia". The Bible is saying that THE DAUGHTERS OF THE PHILISTINES are THEM THAT HATE THEE. There is nothing that can be done about it apart from physically transporting the Palestinians to suitable area far distant from Israel.
Historically the Philistines were connected with Cyprus and with Illyria (Albania) and what is now Croatia and with Venice (Italy) and had connections to settlements in Spain. These connections are assumed to have existed due to linguistic features and may or may not have been substantial.
[Ezekiel 16:28] THOU HAST PLAYED THE WHORE ALSO WITH THE ASSYRIANS, BECAUSE THOU WAST UNSATIABLE; YEA, THOU HAST PLAYED THE HARLOT WITH THEM, AND YET COULDEST NOT BE SATISFIED. ASSYRIANS:
Historically both Judah and Israel attempted to appease Assyria and it backfired upon them. In modern terms "Assyria can represent Europe, especially Germany. Germany was settled by Edomites, Canaanites, Israelites at one stage, and descendants of Magog, and of Gomer son of Japhet, and by descendants of the Assyrians.
There is a tradition that Assyrians settled in parts of Germany: Josef K. L. Bihl ("In Deutschen Landen," page 69): "Trier was founded by Trebeta, a son of the famous Assyrian King Ninus." "The inhabitants of Trier maintain that their city is the oldest in all Europe,"
[Ezekiel 16:29] THOU HAST MOREOVER MULTIPLIED THY FORNICATION IN THE LAND OF CANAAN UNTO CHALDEA; AND YET THOU WAST NOT SATISFIED THEREWITH.
"CHALDEA" is another name for Babylon. In modern terms this can mean Rome.
[Ezekiel 16:30] HOW WEAK IS THINE HEART, SAITH THE LORD GOD, SEEING THOU DOEST ALL THESE THINGS, THE WORK OF AN IMPERIOUS WHORISH WOMAN; "IMPERIOUS": In Hebrew "shaletet" meaning "ruling", "taking control".
"AN IMPERIOUS WHORISH WOMAN": This phrase combines the qualities of
a woman who tells others what to do. This is associated with an
emasculating female who is also whorish. Perhaps the two qualities
"imperious" and "whorish" are connected as far as women are concerned?
[Ezekiel 16:31] IN THAT THOU BUILDEST THINE EMINENT PLACE IN THE HEAD OF EVERY WAY, AND MAKEST THINE HIGH PLACE IN EVERY STREET; AND HAST NOT BEEN AS AN HARLOT, IN THAT THOU SCORNEST HIRE;
[Ezekiel 16:32] BUT AS A WIFE THAT COMMITTETH ADULTERY, WHICH TAKETH STRANGERS INSTEAD OF HER HUSBAND!
[Ezekiel 16:33] THEY GIVE GIFTS TO ALL WHORES: BUT THOU GIVEST THY GIFTS TO ALL THY LOVERS, AND HIREST THEM, THAT THEY MAY COME UNTO THEE ON EVERY SIDE FOR THY WHOREDOM.
This is speaking of a married woman who commits adultery and bribes her lovers with gifts in exchange for their attentions.
[Ezekiel 16:34] AND THE CONTRARY IS IN THEE FROM OTHER WOMEN IN THY WHOREDOMS, WHEREAS NONE FOLLOWETH THEE TO COMMIT WHOREDOMS: AND IN THAT THOU GIVEST A REWARD, AND NO REWARD IS GIVEN UNTO THEE, THEREFORE THOU ART CONTRARY.
[Ezekiel 16:35] WHEREFORE, O HARLOT, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD:
[Ezekiel 16:36] THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BECAUSE THY FILTHINESS WAS POURED OUT, AND THY NAKEDNESS DISCOVERED THROUGH THY WHOREDOMS WITH THY LOVERS, AND WITH ALL THE IDOLS OF THY ABOMINATIONS, AND BY THE BLOOD OF THY CHILDREN, WHICH THOU DIDST GIVE UNTO THEM;
[Ezekiel 16:37] BEHOLD, THEREFORE I WILL GATHER ALL THY LOVERS, WITH WHOM THOU HAST TAKEN PLEASURE, AND ALL THEM THAT THOU HAST LOVED, WITH ALL THEM THAT THOU HAST HATED; I WILL EVEN GATHER THEM ROUND ABOUT AGAINST THEE, AND WILL DISCOVER THY NAKEDNESS UNTO THEM, THAT THEY MAY SEE ALL THY NAKEDNESS.
[Ezekiel 16:38] AND I WILL JUDGE THEE, AS WOMEN THAT BREAK WEDLOCK AND SHED BLOOD ARE JUDGED; AND I WILL GIVE THEE BLOOD IN FURY AND JEALOUSY.
[Ezekiel 16:39] AND I WILL ALSO GIVE THEE INTO THEIR HAND, AND THEY SHALL THROW DOWN THINE EMINENT PLACE, AND SHALL BREAK DOWN THY HIGH PLACES: THEY SHALL STRIP THEE ALSO OF THY CLOTHES, AND SHALL TAKE THY FAIR JEWELS, AND LEAVE THEE NAKED AND BARE.
[Ezekiel 16:40] THEY SHALL ALSO BRING UP A COMPANY AGAINST THEE, AND THEY SHALL STONE THEE WITH STONES, AND THRUST THEE THROUGH WITH THEIR SWORDS.
[Ezekiel 16:41] AND THEY SHALL BURN THINE HOUSES WITH FIRE, AND EXECUTE JUDGMENTS UPON THEE IN THE SIGHT OF MANY WOMEN: AND I WILL CAUSE THEE TO CEASE FROM PLAYING THE HARLOT, AND THOU ALSO SHALT GIVE NO HIRE ANY MORE.
[Ezekiel 16:42] SO WILL I MAKE MY FURY TOWARD THEE TO REST, AND MY JEALOUSY SHALL DEPART FROM THEE, AND I WILL BE QUIET, AND WILL BE NO MORE ANGRY.
[Ezekiel 16:43] BECAUSE THOU HAST NOT REMEMBERED THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH, BUT HAST FRETTED ME IN ALL THESE THINGS; BEHOLD, THEREFORE I ALSO WILL RECOMPENSE THY WAY UPON THINE HEAD, SAITH THE LORD GOD: AND THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT THIS LEWDNESS ABOVE ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS.
[Ezekiel 16:44] BEHOLD, EVERY ONE THAT USETH PROVERBS SHALL USE THIS PROVERB AGAINST THEE, SAYING, AS IS THE MOTHER, SO IS HER DAUGHTER.
[Ezekiel 16:45] THOU ART THY MOTHER'S DAUGHTER, THAT LOTHETH HER HUSBAND AND HER CHILDREN; AND THOU ART THE SISTER OF THY SISTERS, WHICH LOTHED THEIR HUSBANDS AND THEIR CHILDREN: YOUR MOTHER WAS AN HITTITE, AND YOUR FATHER AN AMORITE.
[Ezekiel 16:46] AND THINE ELDER SISTER IS SAMARIA, SHE AND HER DAUGHTERS THAT DWELL AT THY LEFT HAND: AND THY YOUNGER SISTER, THAT DWELLETH AT THY RIGHT HAND, IS SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS.
AND THINE ELDER SISTER IS SAMARIA: This means the northern kingdom of Israel of which Samaria was the center. The name "Samaria" can represent the Lost Ten tribes of Israel, especially Manasseh. The city Samaria was in the territory of Manasseh. In many respects Manasseh (rather than Ephraim) was really the most important tribe of the northern kingdom.
[Ezekiel 16:47] YET HAST THOU NOT WALKED AFTER THEIR WAYS, NOR DONE AFTER THEIR ABOMINATIONS: BUT, AS IF THAT WERE A VERY LITTLE THING, THOU WAST CORRUPTED MORE THAN THEY IN ALL THY WAYS.
[Ezekiel 16:48] AS I LIVE, SAITH THE LORD GOD, SODOM THY SISTER HATH NOT DONE, SHE NOR HER DAUGHTERS, AS THOU HAST DONE, THOU AND THY DAUGHTERS.
[Ezekiel 16:49] BEHOLD, THIS WAS THE INIQUITY OF THY SISTER SODOM, PRIDE, FULNESS OF BREAD, AND ABUNDANCE OF IDLENESS WAS IN HER AND IN HER DAUGHTERS, NEITHER DID SHE STRENGTHEN THE HAND OF THE POOR AND NEEDY.
Social injustice, waste, overindulgence, and indolence were the crimes of Sodom.
[Ezekiel 16:50] AND THEY WERE HAUGHTY, AND COMMITTED ABOMINATION BEFORE ME: THEREFORE I TOOK THEM AWAY AS I SAW GOOD.
[Ezekiel 16:51] NEITHER HATH SAMARIA COMMITTED HALF OF THY SINS; BUT THOU HAST MULTIPLIED THINE ABOMINATIONS MORE THAN THEY, AND HAST JUSTIFIED THY SISTERS IN ALL THINE ABOMINATIONS WHICH THOU HAST DONE.
The Lost Ten tribes were taken away and only Judah remained. Ezekiel is saying that the sins of Judah were worse than those of the Ten Tribes!
[Ezekiel 16:52] THOU ALSO, WHICH HAST JUDGED THY SISTERS, BEAR THINE OWN SHAME FOR THY SINS THAT THOU HAST COMMITTED MORE ABOMINABLE THAN THEY: THEY ARE MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN THOU: YEA, BE THOU CONFOUNDED ALSO, AND BEAR THY SHAME, IN THAT THOU HAST JUSTIFIED THY SISTERS.
[Ezekiel 16:53] WHEN I SHALL BRING AGAIN THEIR CAPTIVITY, THE CAPTIVITY OF SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS, AND THE CAPTIVITY OF SAMARIA AND HER DAUGHTERS, THEN WILL I BRING AGAIN THE CAPTIVITY OF THY CAPTIVES IN THE MIDST OF THEM:
THE CAPTIVITY OF SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS:
Malbim says here that at the return "Samaria" and "Sodom" (?) will be the most important section of the Israelite nation whereas Judah will be pulled after them and returned through them. He repeats this message in 16:55. The Lost Ten Tribes will return. Manasseh will return. The exiles of Judah who remained in exile will return together with the Lost Ten Tribes. Abarbanel (1435-1509): "The Ten Tribes will return to Samaria and its daughter-regions and so will the scattered dispersion of Judah by gathered in from the four corners of the earth".
[Ezekiel 16:54] THAT THOU MAYEST BEAR THINE OWN SHAME, AND MAYEST BE CONFOUNDED IN ALL THAT THOU HAST DONE, IN THAT THOU ART A COMFORT UNTO THEM.
[Ezekiel 16:55] WHEN THY SISTERS, SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS, SHALL RETURN TO YOUR FORMER ESTATE. UNTIL NOW THEY ARE STILL OVERTURNED AND HAVE NOT RETURNED UNTO THEIR FORMER STATE.
This is a message for Judah: In order for Judah to realize herself and to bring back all her exiles and rehabilitate herself Judah must also seek the Lost Ten Tribes and cause them to return! This is important to Judah for her own sake! It is also hinting that rehabilitation of the Land itself is somehow connected with the return of the Lost Ten Tribes. See our Commentary on Isaiah 56:8 and Hosea chapter six, where we have explained that according to prophecy: part of Judah would return to the Land and begin to build it up. Then the Lost Ten Tribes would return in two stages together with the remnant of Judah. The first part of this process is well on its way.
SODOM AND HER DAUGHTERS, SHALL RETURN TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE, AND SAMARIA AND HER DAUGHTERS SHALL RETURN TO THEIR FORMER ESTATE:
Malbim: [addressing Judah] "For they shall be most important section in the returning and you subservient to them, and you shall return through them". Abarbanel: "There is no doubt that this promised ingathering will occur in the Times of the Messiah. Until now it has never been fulfilled".
[Ezekiel 16:58] THOU HAST BORNE THY LEWDNESS AND THINE ABOMINATIONS, SAITH THE LORD.
[Ezekiel 16:59] FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; I WILL EVEN DEAL WITH THEE AS THOU HAST DONE, WHICH HAST DESPISED THE OATH IN BREAKING THE COVENANT.
[Ezekiel 16:60] NEVERTHELESS I WILL REMEMBER MY COVENANT WITH THEE IN THE DAYS OF THY YOUTH, AND I WILL ESTABLISH UNTO THEE AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.
[Ezekiel 16:61] THEN THOU SHALT REMEMBER THY WAYS, AND BE ASHAMED, WHEN THOU SHALT RECEIVE THY SISTERS, THINE ELDER AND THY YOUNGER: AND I WILL GIVE THEM UNTO THEE FOR DAUGHTERS, BUT NOT BY THY COVENANT.
Judah must seek to bring the Lost Ten Tribes back. God makes the participation of Judah in the process of returning the Lost Ten Tribes a prior condition for the rehabilitation of Judah herself!
I WILL GIVE THEM UNTO THEE FOR DAUGHTERS:
Judah will have some degree of directional task to play in helping the Ten Tribes return and showing them the way in which they should go. Judah however is also obligated to get his own act together or else (God forbid) be punished.
BUT NOT BY THY COVENANT:
The Lost Ten Tribes will not necessarily have to convert to Judaism in our sense of the word though they will renew the covenant between Israel and the Almighty and Judah is obligated to assist them.
[Ezekiel 16:62] AND I WILL ESTABLISH MY COVENANT WITH THEE; AND THOU SHALT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD: God will once again accept Judah and all Israel.
[Ezekiel 16:63] THAT THOU MAYEST REMEMBER, AND BE CONFOUNDED, AND NEVER OPEN THY MOUTH ANY MORE BECAUSE OF THY SHAME, WHEN I AM PACIFIED TOWARD THEE FOR ALL THAT THOU HAST DONE, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
Even after we return we will have to remind ourselves of our
previous degradation and be ashamed of ourselves. Ultimately Israel
will have to teach and in some way rule the rest of the world.
Humility and a consciousness of our own past and present failings could help in directing other peoples.
"And I will make of you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. "And I will bless they who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (Gensis 12;2-3).
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1. Acceptance of Prophecy.
2. Self-Respect (no hatred of fellow Israelite groups, no antisemitism)
3. Acknowledgement of The Israelite Identity of many people amongst Western Nations.
The aims of Brit-Am are to encourage:
1. The spread of Identity Awareness.
2. Increased Identity research and clarification.
3. Association of members together for the sake of mutual-empowerment, learning and fellowship.
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