Prophet Pearls #11 – Vayigash (Ezekiel 37:15-28)

Prophet Pearls Vayigash, Ezekiel, Aliyah, tel abib, tel aviv, haftarah, vayigash, Ingathering, Israel, judah, josephus, Keith Johnson, nehemia gordon, northern kingdom, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, prophets, rabbi akiva, rabbi eliezer, return of exiles, salvation in tanakh, two sticks unitedIn this week's episode of Prophet Pearls, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Vayigash, covering Ezekiel 37:15-28. Gordon and Johnson set the stage by describing the pivotal time in the history of Israel and Judah when Ezekiel lived and prophesied. They also share the life-changing encounters they've each had with the writings of this prophet. Word studies include:“son of man,” “join,” the plural of “one,” “settlements,” and the rare context of “save” in this Portion. At center stage are the ten lost tribes of Israel. We learn what Josephus knew about the tribes, as well as the opposing views of Rabbis Akiva and Eliezer regarding their ingathering. Proving one of the rabbis in error, Gordon recounts the day he was driving a tractor on an Israeli kibbutz and witnessed a convoy of Ethiopians traversing the highway—fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy as they made Aliyah. Gordon and Johnson close with a prayer that light be shed on all 12 tribes, and that the day soon comes when there is one nation, one temple, and one king.

"As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself... Then take another stick... Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick." Ezekiel 37:16-17

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The original art at the top of this page was created by 12 year old Laine Forrest based on the verses:

"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.' Then join them one to another for yourself into one st." Ezekiel 37:16-17

Our thanks also go out to other artists who submitted some amazing original works of art for this week's episode. The runner-up was Anna Jakubowski who created this stunning depiction of Ezekiel's stick:

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28 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #11 – Vayigash (Ezekiel 37:15-28)

  1. Perhaps I’m oversimplifying, but I see the Ten Tribes of the Northern Kingdom adopting pagan practices with overtones of Leviticism mixed in, inasmuch as these tribes did not profess any different god. These tribes went into Assyrian captivity and were dispersed into lands which eventually fell to the Roman Empire. Under Constantine the new bastard religion was recognized and protected. The popes took over, added more pagan elaborations (son-of-god, vicarious atonement, Sunday worship, etc.) and Christianity was enforced as the state religion. The Ten Tribes are still practicing it! The Pope is the Antichrist, having a crown which declares VICARIVU FILII DEI, i.e. taking the place of the “son of god.” Those letters as Roman numerals add up to 666. I found a way out of Christianity by questioning, comparing NT to OT; keeping biblically kosher, keeping Sabbath, and more studying. Many prophecies give me comfort that these tribes will return to Leviticism and rejoin the Whole House of Israel (e.g. Ez. 37 two sticks; Zech. 8 ten men). But the kicker is, the jealous House of Judah insists he alone is heir to the Covenant! Here I turn to a prophecy said to have been spoken by the righteous Jew, Jesus, the parable of the prodigal son. God Himself will reconcile the two houses.

  2. I can’t help but notice that the two sticks will become one (echad) in the hand of the prophet (symbolically, but “actually so” with the 2 physical sticks, v. 17) before they are made echad literally (spiritually speaking–one “New Man”/United Kingdom) “in the hand of God” in the “end times.” I find it intriguing in the sense that we are yet expecting “Elijah” to return and to “restore all things”–including “restoring the hearts of the children to the Fathers” (rejoining the 2 sticks in the hand of the prophet??)… Rhetorical Q: Could it be that “Elijah” will call for the “uniting of the 2 Houses (and their companions)” and then we will see the fulfillment of God “doing this”? Seems (to me) there is a connection here. shabbat shalom

  3. Nehemia and Keith – This study is a ‘pearl’ of great price as you explain ‘companions’ so well and the aspect of those ‘Levited’ to God as Keith did in the Isaiah 56;6 segment.

  4. Thank you for what you are doing and this was just an eye opener to something in which I suspected and thank YHVH for gathering and cleansing me and making me a part of Israel.

    Our family tradition that one of our great great forefathers 1950 years or more before became a disciple of Yahushua of Nazareth through the preaching of Thomas the Apostle.

  5. Thankyou nehemia and keith. An especially timely message with many pearls my heart really does rejoice in when I hear them (and my mouth does too!) Tho my local shepards have failed me you two are a continued answer to prayer to my father….with tears I thankyou for standing up and informing this speckled sheep.

  6. Really love what you are doing, but there is one question I have though;
    You make the reference to echadim in Ez. 37:17 amongst others, but reading the text (or looking at the letters is more precise as I am not able to read Hebrew yet), I see it spells out echad (same vowel points), both in Strongs and BHS.

    Is it then to be understood that echad becomes echadim depending on the noun it is paired with? As united ones would render echad to be read and understood as echadim (but spelled echad?) whilst united one would render it echad as it was spelled? Little bit confused you might say…

    Or is it my texts that are a bit out of sync?

    Thank you for your response in the matter

    • Here is a literal translation/ transliteration of Ezekiel 37:17,

      “And you shall bring them close, echad to echad, to be for you echad wood, and they shall be achadim in your hand.”

      The first three instances of “echad” are “one”. The 4th instance is achadim “united”.

      • Thank you!

        I also found out why I kept reading it wrong, Quote;
        ” Unfortunately (due to space limitations), Young’s and Strong’s both list the rare plural form (achadim, or /*miiydxa in Hebrew letters) and the “AS one” (Kechad, or dxak in Hebrew script) form along with the common singular form (echad) without distinguishing among them. ”

        Quite annoying to say the least…

  7. Hi Nehemia
    I have a question. You mention those who have “shaken their family trees” and have found that they may be of Jewish linage. This is the case with my family but may only be confirmed with DNA testing. If this testing were to be done, I have wondered, do we have different obligations in our service to YHVH as Jews?

  8. The re-gathering, an amazing process that only Yah can complete. Many have lost much for this to happen, and it has only begun. Let us humble ourselves in justice and kindness wherever we can, because for many it has been sorely lacking. Peace to those of good will. Ba malcooth IAUEH.

  9. This has been a really great day! Torah Pearls and Prophet Pearls are teaching me so much I did not know. To go thru the different Bibles and search along with you both is a blessing upon my heart. Thank you Nehemia and Keith for continuing where Torah Pearls left off. Wow, I am left feeling such inspiration and Hope for the future. Blessings to you both! Shalom

  10. Shalom Nehemiah, Shalom Keith,

    Ezekiels Temple

    Eze 47:1 Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.


    Could this possibly mean “the future temple will be placed over the Gihon spring/s (as in intermittent)?”

    Psalm 87:1-3 and 7.
    Zechariah 14:8

    Pss 87:2 The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

    Please may I ask “When it speaks of Zion here, would this equal (=) temple?

    Another extraordinary topic..

    The dry bones.

    Eze 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O all of you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

    The dry bones represent the whole house of Israel in Babylon. But what does this mean?
    Would this mean both Houses as in captivity ? In the time of Ezekiel, the Northern Tribes had already gone and were carried away..yet his vision of the dry bones included the Northern Tribes and was yet far in the future..yet the vision had been in Babylon, (Assyria) as both had been in captivity there.

    Again thank you both for the wonderful and friendly way of discussions, it is most appreciated. Thank you Keith for your humorous way of honouring Jehovah.

  11. The subject and the prayers at the end were from the Almighty. It was a “come to Daddy” moment. Father Yehovah is the one we must recognize above all others and He is the mighty Everliving God who will bring salvation and world peace to pass through His Messiah, to whom, as Nehemia said, we we will submit as Lord.
    Thank you. This is the Gospel of the Kingdom.

      • This goes back to that word, “echadim.” When we say the shema, we say “Yehowah echad,” as we were given in Torah: not “echadim.” If He had wanted to leave room for a “triune nature,” with messiah being Lord with a capital “L,” He could have. He didn’t.

      • Thank you for clarification. This is the answer to my wondering whether, when Messiah reigns, people will call him God, or God’s representative with the power and authority of God who sent him. I know of no requirement that Messiah must be God. Yehovah is the only God. Thanks.

  12. Nice discussion guys. In the process of change; people react differently; just like when people experience grief; so as some are going through the process; they respond differently; some were “bible thumpers” to begin with they just bring over some of their previous Christian methods with them. The biggest reason is that “we have no fathers” like the house of Judah. We have no interupted chain of transmission. The bible thumber evangelical methods don’t work; they need to lay it down; for those in the Torah for long time, no one had to sell them on the idea; they were drawn by the Ruach; they flowed toward those really excellant teachers who could present this end time move of YeHovah; in a right manner.

  13. Hi. In describing the “two house” or “restored house” teaching you did not include the Scriptures that drew some people’s attention to it. There are many, the chief being your Ezekiel 37. Also, Romans 9 refers the read back to Osea / Hosea. Hosea talks about two wives… one is Judah and the other is Israel/Joseph/Ephraim; those are the terms used in that prophecy; you read from that book, but that verse was more of a culmination.

    I’m sure you already know about the Kingdom being taken from Solomon’s son Rehoboam; how Ephraim/Judah/Israel/10 tribes stomped up to the north under the leadership of Jeroboam who immediately set up pagan worship using two golden calves to keep them from going back to Jerusalem to be restored with their brothers; this may be a similitude of the two feast traditions in Christianity today which so occupy Christians that they do not have time to consider the feasts of the Creator. When some of the scattered sheep came back to Jerusalem in response to Hezekiah’s invitation, some of them began tearing down the high places.

    There are families with problems, and David’s was the epitome of dysfunction; his heart had to have been broken. How our Creator must feel when He observes us. Yikes! At least the Creator doesn’t have to blame Himself or worry that the cause was bad parenting. Messiah told several two son parables; He came to restore us to himself and to each other. He came to restore brothers. The brother who went off to the north and then came home welcomed by his father but facing an arms crossed, toe-tapping annoyed brother; the brother who built his house on sand which may be representative of the traditions of man, then when that failed he went running to the house of his brother who had built his home on a rock, which may be representative of Torah.

    These are just a few notes; others have written more cogently and completely about what the Bible says concerning this. Many “Hebrew roots” people I have met are pretty much unaware of this teaching. Some have distanced themselves from it not wanting to offend the MJAA. Also, there are at least two different “two house” messages; the message I am describing was changed to “restored house” after I first heard it in order to be distinguished from the other. What I have described is the only one I am familiar with.

  14. Great explanation of the two houses and the “friends”, those attached to them. I love this portion but it has been distorted by so many and this brought great clarity. I also loved the explanation of the words “echad” and “echadim”, I am storing these away in my heart. Thank you!

  15. Turning the hearts of the sons to the fathers.People will learn who,what the patriarch’s were and who what they believed in.

    YHVH can ultimately transform ANY human and animals nature.
    He has the blueprints, knows how. But,right now we all need to see within ourselves how we and each generation of people act,and respond verses what he wants and expects.

  16. I think there are verses avoided due to tradition and biases. :>)

    Come on Nehemia you know about traditions ie. the ban on the name!! :>)

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