Ezekiel 37:15-17 Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “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 stick, and they will become one in your hand.”
What do you read in these verses? That God gave Ezekiel a visual aid with two sticks?
There is a group who declares that the word stick is a mistranslation – rather, it should read “scroll.” Therefore, this has become the foundational verse that the Mormons (LDS) use to prove that there were two scrolls; the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
The problem is that the word used for stick means stick – “‘ets”. It literally means stick. There is a word for scroll, “sepher” which literally means scroll. Nowhere in the bible has “‘ets” ever meant scroll, but has always been translated stick.
Not only are they sticks but the exact words that were written on the sticks are listed in the scriptures above, no more and no less.
So, what do these two sticks represent? There were 12 tribes of Israel, 13 if you include the tribe of Levi. What happened to the kingdom after King Solomon? It split in two. What do the verses above say? One is for Judah, the description of the southern kingdom, and one is for Ephraim, the description of the northern kingdom (Isaiah 7:1-9; 11:13). Take a look at the following verse.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
It would seem that God is making a promise that one day there will be a whole nation again with all of the tribes. Refer back to my blog on the Tribes of Israel on May 27, 2009.
So, when a Mormon comes knocking on your door and begins with this “proof” in scripture that there are two gospels, you remind them that these were sticks only and that Paul wrote that even if an angel come preaching another gospel that it should not be accepted, Galatians 1:8. They may get offended that you refer to their Book of Mormon as another gospel, just remind them that they are the ones who have described the Book of Mormon as “another gospel of Jesus Christ,” not us.
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