1 Stick

Ezekiel takes two sticks, one for Judah and one for Joseph, and makes them one in his hand. The math explains.

Ezekiel 37:15-23

15The word of the Master came to me saying, 16Son of man, take to you 1 tree and write on it, To Judah, and to the children of Israel, his companions. Then take 1 tree and write on it, To Joseph, tree of Ephraim, and all the house of Israel, his companions. 17Join them 1 to 1 to you as 1 tree and they will become 1 in your hand. Ezekiel 37:15-17FE 18If your people should say to you, Will you not show us what is the meaning of this, 19say to them, Thus says the Master of masters, I will take the tree of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his fellows and will put them together with the tree of Judah and make them 1 tree and they will be 1 in my hand. I Isaiah 11:13 E Zechariah 11:14 Ezekiel 37:18-1920The trees on which you write hold them in your hand before their eyes 21and say to them, Thus says the Master of masters, I will take the children of Israel from among the peoples where they have gone and will gather them together and bring them into their own land. 22I will make them 1 people in the land on the mount of Israel and 1 king will be king over them all and they will not be 2 peoples nor will they be divided into 2 kingdoms any longer. 23Nor will they defile themselves any longer in their idols nor in their defilements nor in all their iniquity, but I will save them out of all their dwelling places in which they have sinned and will cleanse them and they will be my people and I will be their god. Ezekiel 37:20-23 (Ezekiel 37:15-23 BRB)


1+1+1+1+1+1+2+2 = 10 = First Kings

First Kings

What is it Ezekiel is fixing or healing when he joins the two sticks together as one stick? The civil war in ancient Israel that led to a northern kingdom named Israel lead by Joseph and a southern kingdom named Judah lead by the tribe of Judah.

1Rehoboam went to Shechem for all Israel came to Shechem to make him king. 2Jeroboam son of Nebat who was yet in Mizraim heard of it FE , for he had fled from the presence of King Solomon and Jeroboam lived in Mizraim, 3and they sent and called him. Jeroboam and all the people of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 4Your father made our yoke harsh. Now lighten some of the grievous service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us and we will serve you. S 1 Samuel 8:18 1 Kings 12:1-45He said to them, Depart yet for 3 days then come to me, and all the people departed. 1 Kings 12:56King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men who had stood before his father while he was still alive. He said to them, How do you counsel that I may answer the people? 1 Kings 12:67They said to him, If you will be a servant to this people this day and will serve them and answer them and speak good words to them then they will be your servants forever. 1 Kings 12:78He forsook the counsel which the old men had counseled him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and who stood before him. 9He said to them, What counsel do you give that we may answer the people who spoke to me saying, Make the yoke which your father put on us lighter? 1 Kings 12:8-910The young men who had grown up with him spoke to him saying, Thus you will speak to the people who said to you, Your father made our yoke heavy, but make it lighter for us, thus you will say to them, My little finger is thicker than the thumb of my father. 11Now while my father laid a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke. My father has chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with knouts. 1 Kings 12:10-1112Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the 3rd day as the king had commanded them, saying, Come to me on the 3rd day. 13The king answered the people harshly and forsook the counsel of the old men that they counseled him. I Isaiah 9:14 14He spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, A Proverbs 12:1 saying: My father made your yoke heavy. I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, and I will chastise you with knouts. FE 15The king did not listen to the people, for the stirring of strife was from the Master that the Master might perform his saying which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the prophet the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat. H 1 Kings 11:31 1 Kings 12:12-1516All Israel saw that the king did not listen to them and the people returned an answer to the king, saying to him: We have no portion with David, neither do we have an inheritance with the son of Jesse. To your tents, Israel. A Joshua 24:1 P 2 Samuel 20:1 Now see to your house, David, A 1 Kings 8:3-4 and the children of Israel went, every man, to his city. 1 Kings 12:1617The children of Israel lived in their cities, and Judah made Rehoboam son of Solomon king over them. A Matthew 12:25 1 Kings 12:1718King Rehoboam sent Adoniram who was over the tribute and all Israel stoned him with stones and he died. King Rehoboam made haste to ride in his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. FE 19The house of Israel has rebelled against the house of David to this day. 1 Kings 12:18-1920When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel and only the tribe of Judah followed the house of David. 1 Kings 12:20 FE 21Rehoboam came to Jerusalem and he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of the house of Benjamin, 180,000 chosen men of war, to fight with the house of Israel to bring the kingdom to Rehoboam son of Solomon. 1 Kings 12:2122The word of the Master came upon Shemaiah and he said to him, 23Speak to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin and to the remnant of the people, saying, 24The Master says, You will not go up nor fight against your brothers the children of Israel. Return every man to his house, for this thing is from me. They listened to the word of the Master and returned every man to his house. 1 Kings 12:22-24 (1 Kings 12:1-24 BRB)

This North/South rift, which became the West/East rift as the tribes spread around the world, will be healed.