HOW ISRAEL WAS LOST
From the Notebook of the late DR HENRY W. STOUGH
1. THEY WERE LOST TO NATIONAL UNION WITH GOD
Hosea 1:4, 9: "I ... will cause to cease the kingdom of the House of Israel ... for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. " Jeremiah 3:8: "And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce: yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. "
2. THEY WERE LOST TO THE MOSAIC COVENANT
Exodus 19:3-6: "... Tell the children of Israel, ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. " (This was the Covenant given by Moses from God to ALL the Israelites.)
Hosea 3:4: "For the children of Israel (Ten-Tribed) shall abide many days without a king (not saying that the king shall not abide separately), and without a prince (or captain), and without a sacrifice (or slaughtered animal), and without an image (or pillar), and without an ephod (priestly garment), and without teraphim (household god)."
3. THEY WERE LOST TO THE SIGNS OF THEIR IDENTITY
The Land - 2 Kings 17:18: "Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight.. there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. "
The Language - Isaiah 28:3-11: "The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim shall be trodden under feet ... For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people (of the Ten Tribes)."
The Name - Isaiah 62:2: "And the Gentiles shall see thy nghteousness and all kings thy glory and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. "
4. THEY WERE LOST TO RECOGNITION AMONG THE NATIONS
Deuteronomy 32:26. " said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men. "
Psalrn 83:4: " They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance."
Hosea 8:8: "Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein there is no pleasure. "
5. THEY WERE LOST TO LOCALISED NATIONALITY
Deuteronomy 28:48: "Thereforeshalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. "
Hosea 9: 17: "My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations."
Amos 8:12: "And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it. "
Ezekiel 34:6-8: "My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth ... my flock became a prey. "
6. BUT FINALLY THEY WERE PROMISED RESTORATION
Isaiah 27:13 (Margin): "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were lost in Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem. "
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