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The Children of Manmasi (Manasseh): A Biblical Perspective

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The Children of Manmasi (Manasseh): A Biblical Perspective

Starting in 740 BC and lasting till 722 BC, several thousands of people of Samaria of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, after being defeated and sieged, were deported by the Assyrian kings and resettled. The tribes forcibly resettled became known as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.(I Chron 5:26; II Kings 15:29; II Kings 17:3-6; II Kings 18: 11-12).Many centuries later a nation found itself in the north eastern states of India, parts of adjoining Myanmar and Bangladesh, sharing similarities in culture, tradition and history; having a language not yet spoken but sharing 70-80 percent in dialects.1 People of this great nation are the children of Manmasi (Manasseh) of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

A little over a hundred years ago the Spirit of the Lord God Almighty moved his heralds, the missionaries, to travail for the souls of the children of Manmasi and the divine plan which can never be thwarted took hold of the children of Manmasi and transformed them into a nation whose God is the Lord. This marked the spiritual birth of the Manmasi nation in Christ; the grace of God leading the children of Manmasi to the new covenant made with the blood of the Lamb of God. A hundred years of the rule of Christ in the hearts of the children of Manmasi has resulted in a great change within and without; much progress in spirit, soul and temporal things has resulted from the abundance of grace the good Lord has lavished upon this nation. Now this nation knows that we are one and is in the time of reckoning of who we are.

The grace of God which has followed us down hundreds of years has now blessed us with a very easy means to walk according to His will by providing us with the Holy Bible- the guide book for prosperity. The Holy Bible is the word of God which is indispensable to us for in it all that we need for our time on earth is found besides assuring us our eternal destiny. The great hope for the Manmasi nation is found in Acts 17:26 -“He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation. “(NIV) The boundaries of our habitation has been set by no one else but the Almighty God, the ruler of the universe. How awesome! Can anyone ever stand against the will of the Almighty God? The world will soon see the manifestation of children of Manmasi as the great nation that they are. It’s just a matter of time

God is love ( I John 4:8). It is His will to love. He cannot NOT love! He loves all mankind, irrespective of caste, tribe, creed and colour and He loves the good as well the bad. This great outflow of God’s love results in the grace of God to care for mankind with divine impersonal love. God also loves his people who are in relationship with Him with a special divine personal love. God loves the children of Manmasi with a divine personal love and wants the best for us. God’s immense love blesses but all blessings are dependent on His grace. His grace is available not for the proud in heart; God’s grace is not for those who trust in the might of man. Jeremiah 17:5 says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land.”(NLT)

Grace is not attained. It is obtained and received freely. Humility is the key to receive grace because “God opposes the proud but favours the humble.” (James 4:6, NLT). Jeremiah 17: 6, 7 also states:” Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”(NLT) How necessary it is to humble ourselves before the living God and trust the Almighty as we, the children of Manmasi, walk in our destiny. There is no other way, there is no other means to realise the great destiny that God has planned for us.

Migration

Down through the years the children of Manmasi had migrated long and far. We had entered China from the north after having passed through Afghanistan and Baluchistan. After the Assyrian captivity in 722 B.C. children of Manmasi had lived along with other lost tribes of Israel in Persia following our exile there in 457 B.C. during the reign of Darius and Ahashveresh. In 331 B.C. when Alexander the Great conquered Persia, Afghanistan and India, the lost tribes were exiled to Afghanistan and to other countries. From Afghanistan, the migration continued eastward through Hindukush until the tribes reached the Tibetan region and the Chinese border and continued into China, following the Wei River until we along with other lost tribes reached the central region. A settlement was established at Kaifeng in 231 B.C. 2

A terrible period of suffering ensued in China during which the children of Manmasi and the other lost tribes were subjected to oppression to the Chinese. Thus began the process of assimilation which crept into the tribes as a result of Chinese influences. Our forefathers had already settled in China by the time Shi Huang-ti (209-207 B.C.) established his suzerainty over the greater part of the Chinese empire. The Chin dynasty had absorbed many of the tribes that settled in China and the children of Manmasi, who refused to be assimilated, were pushed out in waves and finally migrated on south to finally settled in the north eastern states of India, portions of adjoining Bangladesh and Myanmar. Fond memories of the city state of Sinlung in China remained to this day; Sinlung was where the children of Manmasi flourished prior to the oppression that forced us to leave south in waves. The migration in waves and groups had cause variations in our spoken tongue and in the way we call ourselves. Yet our dialects share 70-80 percent similarities and our culture and history strongly reminds us that we are indeed children of Manmasi (Manasseh).2

Having preserved us by His grace down the centuries from the time of the captivity of the children of Manmasi (Manasseh), throughout the time of our migrations and till the present time, the Lord our God is now rebuilding the house of Manmasi. The destiny of our nation is indeed in the mighty hands of God. The house that God is building for the children of Manmasi is a big house where all are to flourish in brotherly love. A house of love which comes short of nothing is what Lord God Almighty is building for us. Psalms 127:1 says that “Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.”(NLT) It is clear that the master architect and builder of the house of our nation is God Himself.

The human builders cannot depend on their plans as the architect of the house of Manmasi is God. The duty of the human builders is to execute the plans of the Master Architect, the Living God Himself. How important it is for the builders to seek God in humility! The more we humble ourselves before the Master Architect the more efficiently will we build the house of Manmasi because we are following the divine blueprint. And the house will surely be a bigger, better and stronger house than any that could be built with the utmost human endeavour. Let us celebrate the brotherhood of the house of Manmasi in the love of God. Let all submit to the Lord our God so that, in the brotherhood, we will surely be like trees planted besides a river bed of God’s love; our roots will surely reach to the agape love of God, the selfless love, which will nourish us all as we bear fruits of agape love, the selfless love from God’s own heart.

1. Ting Hlei Thang , Zo Reunification Organisation (ZoRO), tinghleithang.blogspot.com 2012/09
Territorial Map of Zoroland- Internet
Zo Reunification Organisation / Facebook

2. Lal Dena, Kuki,Chin, Mizo-Hmar’s Israelite Origin: Myth or Reality, 11/04/2006
Letkhosei Haokip, Historical Chronology of Kuki people from B.C 700-1919 A.D ,16/12/2010

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Contributor, ZoramObserver.com. Rev. Benjamin Shakum is a pastor, educationist, musician and social activist based in Jirbam, India. He is currently head of Abundant Life Development Initiatives.

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