Understanding the Scriptures
|Sinews (v. 6)||Tendons that hold muscles and bones together and assist in their movements|
|Heathen (v. 21)||Those who do not believe in God|
|Defile (v. 23)||Make unclean|
|Detestable (v. 23)||Disgusting|
|Sanctuary (vv. 26, 28)||Temple|
|Tabernacle (v. 27)||Place where God dwells|
Ezekiel 37:15–20—The Stick of Judah and the Stick of Ephraim
Elder Boyd K. Packer said: “In ancient Israel records were written upon tablets of wood or scrolls rolled upon sticks. … The stick or record of Judah—the Old Testament and the New Testament—and the stick or record of Ephraim—the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ—are … indeed one in our hands. Ezekiel’s prophecy now stands fulfilled” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1982, 73; or Ensign, Nov. 1982, 51, 53).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Ezekiel 37.
Find the Symbol
Ezekiel’s vision recorded in Ezekiel 37:1–14 dramatically symbolized the Lord’s promise to gather the children of Israel. Choose a word or phrase that you think represents the following people or conditions: the children of Israel, the spiritually lost condition of the children of Israel, the influence of the Holy Ghost upon the children of Israel, the gradual gathering of the children of Israel.
Scripture Mastery—Ezekiel 37:15–17
Draw a picture or diagram of the objects in Ezekiel 37:15–17.
The same two sticks, or records, that Ezekiel spoke of are mentioned in 2 Nephi 3:11–12. List what the Book of Mormon says will happen because of the “joining” of these two sticks.
As you read on in Ezekiel 37 to verse 22, you realize that these two “sticks” are important in the gathering of Israel. Explain how you think the linking of the Bible and the Book of Mormon help gather the house of Israel. In your answer, consider the message of the Book of Mormon’s subtitle: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.