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Ezekiel 37: 15-22
V17 And join them one to another into one stick, that
they may become one in your hand.
On succession of Solomon's son Rehoboam around the 930 BC,
old testament accounts that, old Israel was split into two kingdoms. The
Kingdom of Israel in north and the Kingdom of Judah in the south. Here in
this scripture portion we see, how God is commanding Prophet Ezekiel be
instrumental for a peacemaking accord between the two kingdoms. The
Prophet had a vision to unite severed branches of Israel into one and
enter into prosperity with one God and one King. God asked Ezekiel
to get two sticks and write the names of Judah and Ephraim on each of the
sticks which would become one in his hand.
The unification should happen, first by bringing people to their own
land, second, their purification from idolatry, install them as united
into one nation, with one King, that leads to King David to the future
messiah, third, establishment of Jehovah's peace, and permanent buildup
of Jehovah's temple.
This event is especially significant for the Israelites because it a
fulfillment of Jehovah's declaration to all the descendants of Jacob who
were heirs of His covenant. After centuries of prejudice and rivalry, God
is extending His grace to the whole house of Israel, not only
for Judah but Joseph, Ephraim and his close tribes.
What does the book of Ezekiel teach us? God always want his people
to purify themselves, come to his presence, leave idolatry of any form,
and to be united each other, leaving all prejudice, rivalry, and obey his
commandments. The prophet wants to tell people that the disintegration in
the society, visualized as dead bones, may be revived itself to life and
restoration, if you unite ourselves and obey His commandments.
Dear Lord, restore us from
our dead state of prejudice, ego, rivalry, idolatry, and instill life
into us, so that we may be useful vessels for your Kingdom.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY How can a church stand, with all the differences and rivalry,
and promote love of Christ to the world?
Dr. Jerry Varghese,
Baltimore MTC MD
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…