One Kingdom, One King

During the wedding it is interesting to see whether they leave the individual candles aglow or put them out. At a recent wedding, the bride and groom put the individual candles back into their holders with the flames burning. Then the bride, with an impish gleam in her eye, … More

Unity

In this chapter, Ezekiel reveals how Israel (God’s people) will be restored to their land from many parts of the world. Once Israel is back in the land and becomes strong, a confederacy of nations from the north will attack, led by Gog (Rev. 20:6). They will come to destroy God’s people.

At the time of Israel’s future restoration, there will be one commonwealth, not two divided kingdoms (vv. 15-23). By the time of the captivities the tribal distinctives were breaking down. Some individuals were not living in their original geographic boundaries. Thus, we read of Judah and Israel as  companions. Joseph has. reference to the northern kingdom. Because of their numerical greatness, the descendants of Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and, Manasseh, were each allotted land as a tribe. We see a national unity of all the tribes together, being ruled by one king and being in spiritual unity by virtue of their regeneration (vv. 21-23).

David my servant must mean the greater Son of David coming out of the loins of King David (vv. 24-28) (II Sam 7:12-13). The many references dealing with the future reign speak of one king, not of a king and a vice-regent. The nature of this king and his kingdom is that it will be in the land (v. 25); it will be for ever (v. 25); it will be peaceful (v. 26); there will be a sanctuary or temple (v. 26); and God’s presence will be with them (v. 26). God’s promise here goes beyond the physical and geographical restoration of Israel (vv. 26-27). He promises to breathe new spiritual life into His people so that their hearts and attitudes will be right with him and unified with one another. This same process is described throughout God’s Word as the cleansing and renewing of our hearts by God’s Spirit (Titus 3:4-6).

Application

God promises to breath new spiritual life into His people so their hearts and attitudes will be right with Him and united with one another. I want to operate my life in a spirit of unity.

Ezekiel 37:15-28 (English Standard Version)

The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, take a stick and write on it, 'For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him'; then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him.' And join them one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. And when your people say to you, 'Will you not tell us what you mean by these?' say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in my hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. "My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."

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