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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
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