DISCLAIMER: Do not believe anything that I say! Test everything that you read below against all verses in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and the Brit Chadashah (NT). Pray for the truth and to be led by the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaChodesh)! I am not your pastor, preacher, teacher, rabbi, or anything else. I am just a guy who has an opinion.
YHVH has HIS bride!
What is the bride supposed to be doing? Following HIS instructions lined out in the Ketuba. When was the ketuba given? At Mt Sinai.
Now that Israel is the bride of YHVH, she is expected to follow HIS instructions, as agreed upon in the ketuba. They are not too difficult and they are there for Israel’s protection. This is exactly what a husband should be doing: protecting his bride. He is to keep her away from anything that will be physically harmful, and that also includes spiritual harm.
Now, we are calling Israel a bride and YHVH a husband. YHVH does call HIMSELF the husband of Israel, but we are not talking about this in the literal sense. This is a spiritual marriage between a people and their GOD. Yes, there needs to be a physical component to this because people live in the physical world. This physical component is the ketuba, the marriage contract, the Torah. YHVH is a jealous GOD, because HE does not want HIS bride to have eyes for any other GOD except HIM.
13 “You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name.
14 “You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you,
15 for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.
The Kingdom with David and Solomon
When Israel crossed the Jordan and became HIS bride, they did not have an earthly king for quite a while. We all know the story of King Saul (Shaul) and his rise and fall as King of Israel. We know, pretty well, the story of King David and then his son, King Solomon. We have to keep in mind, during this time, Israel was one nation with twelve tribes Each tribe had their own inheritance of land within the nation and were all ruled under a single earthly King.
In those days, as today, kingdoms passed from father to son. If we look closely, we will find that David AND Solomon were not very good fathers. Solomon had strayed from YHVH and it not doubt influenced his children. We see that when Solomon died, he passes the kingdom on to his son Rehoboam.
Now is where things go sideways. This is not taught much in the Christian church because they do not see any relevance to Jesus (Yeshua). I would suggest that there is a direct connection between Yeshua and Rehoboam’s actions. I will explain in the next article.
If we read in 1 Kings 12, we will see what actually happens. Rehoboam gets poor counsel from his friends and the people rebel. There is a split in the nation of Israel and 10 of the Northern tribes break off from the Kingdom of Israel. These tribes become known as the House of Israel (in the North) and the remaining tribes known as the House of Judah (in the South). Rehoboam stays King of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and Jeroboam becomes King of Israel (the Northern Kingdom). This is where Israel is still YHVH’s people, but they are in disagreement of who rules them on earth.
We see Rehoboam want to reunite the kingdom, but YHVH tells him not to fight against his brothers. We also see the start of the Northern Kingdom’s descent into idolatry and serving other gods through Jeroboam. This split is felt even today. Today we know of the modern day nation of Israel. This is actually the House of Judah, in its present day form. They have never lost their identity. The House of Israel HAS lost their identity and that is the entire basis for Yeshua.
This is a very tragic time in the history of the nation of Israel. The nation is split. But, this sets the stage for everything that is to come. This has all been foreseen by YHVH and HE has a plan.