Ezekiel’s Object Lesson

Investigating Writing and the Bible

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:16-17


God often commanded Ezekiel to use material objects as symbols—a clay tablet; an iron pot; wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt; and a sharp sword.

In Ez. 37:16, Ezekiel is to use two sticks in an object lesson

…take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him,’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Ephraim’s stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.











37:17 Join them together into one stick, so that they will become one in your hand.


The object lesson Ezekiel presented using the written word was a powerful visual of God’s intention for Israel to be one nation.


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