Ezekiel 37:15–28 (NKJV)

15 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’ 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.

For hundreds of years, Israel and Judah had existed as separate nations, a product of God’s judgment on Solomon and their continued rivalry and division.  God is here giving a prophecy of reconciliation and union, bringing Israel and Judah back together as one.

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

The Lord further states that not only will the two come together, but that they will be restore to their land, and there will be one king over them, and that they will not serve idols anymore.  This is a restoration to the condition in which they served Him before their falling away and judgment.  This will result in them being identified fully once again as His people, and He will be their God.

24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ’ ”

The Lord takes it one step further, as He then even identifies the king and foretells of an everlasting covenant He will forge with Israel.  The king is identified as David.  Looking at this as a Messianic reference, the son of David is Jesus Christ, and His presence will be with God’s people forevermore.  While the Jewish nation may still see this as a type of the presence of Yahweh, this ties in the Messianic role of Jesus Christ for the Christian, which will be revealed and fulfilled in the last days.

What does this mean for us today?  God will not leave you in the captivity of despair.  God will bring you back, and He will be your God, and you will live in covenant with Him.  Repent and be healed as part of one kingdom, under one King, Jesus Christ!

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