Jesus tried during his life to describe the lost children of the house of Israel. (Matthew 15:24) Of the twelve sons of Jacob and their successive tribes, we can know that Joseph’s tribe is the most blessed of them all. Jacob said, “…They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.” (Genesis 49:21) Jacob also said to Joseph, “Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and again bring you again unto the land of your fathers.” (Genesis 48:21) It is time that the lost children of the house of Israel let Joseph’s tribe come home. It is time for us to put our first family first and our second family second!
Jesus said in Matthew 23:5-11, “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”
Titles such as Rabbi, Master, Father, Pastor, President, etc. encourage us to follow men and not Christ. Jesus is saying that we are all brothers and sisters – all equal. We are to serve each other with love. When we do serve each other with love, we will introduce ourselves by our name. We are to be ministers to each other.