Monday, 17 March 2014
In Ezekiel 37:15-23 the prophet is instructed to take two sticks and write on one: "For Judah and the sons of Israel, his companions" and on the other, "For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and the whole house of Israel". Then he is to join the two sticks in his hand, symbolizing the healing of the separation between the two. This parable originates in the split between the sons of Leah (Judah) and Rachel (Joseph); then in the generation after Solomon, the entire kingdom was divided. The southern half was called "Judah" and the northern one "Israel".
Godly people in every generation find themselves standing in the gap between two groups ...
There are many applications of this prophecy in our day. For example, in 1948 the modern state was named Israel, not Judah. Secular Israelis tend to use the name "Israel", whereas the religious tend to use the name "Jew" or "Judah." The Prime Minister often struggles to bring unity between secular and religious, left wing and right.
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