One in My Hand
A sermon by Apostle Aje Pelser, Preached at Harvester Reformational Church, Cape Town
Eze 37:15 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Eze 37:16 “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.’
Eze 37:17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.
Eze 37:18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—
Eze 37:19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ‘
Eze 37:20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
Eze 37:21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;
Eze 37:22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
Eze 37:23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
Eze 37:24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.
Eze 37:25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.
Eze 37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.
Eze 37:27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Eze 37:28 The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ‘ ”
There is an amazing prophecy that we are seeing come to pass in this move of God today. There are two portions of God’s people becoming one.
The first stick of Judah, speaks of anointing and authority of the king like David, the tabernacle of worship and priesthood, and praise and celebration, (Judah – is also the tribe of Jesus – the lion of the tribe of Judah) The concept of throwing out the stone, reminds us of David killing the giant Goliath with a slingshot – it was even set into his tribe name of Judah. The worship with extended hands also reminds me of Jesus’ extended hands on the cross – a sacrificial extension of his life for the sins of the world.
Judah also means ‘celebrated.’
You will be celebrated this year Harvester as God makes the different parts of you one in the world. Harvester Cape Town is 30 years old today.
Judah H3063 יְyehûdâh (pronounced: yeh-hoo-daw’)
From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory: – Judah.
From H3034 yâdâh (Pronounced: yaw-daw’)
literally to use (that is, hold out) the hand; physically to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively to bemoan (by wringing the hands): – cast (out), (make) confess (-ion), praise, shoot, (give) thank (-ful, -s, -sgiving).
The second stick of Joseph and Ephraim speaks of apostolic influence, wisdom and double fruitfulness, extension to the nations. It tells us that God will add and we will conceive again. God will gather the nations to us. The second stick includes the tribes of Israel that were torn away from Judah before.
Joseph H3130 yôsêph (pronounced: yo-safe’)
Future of H3254; let him add (or perhaps simply active participle adding); Joseph, the name of seven Israelites: – Joseph. Compare H3084.
From H3254 yâsaph (Pronounced: yaw-saf’)
“to add or augment (often adverbially to continue to do a thing): –
add, again, any more, cease, come more, + conceive again, continue, exceed, further, gather together, get more, give moreover, X henceforth, increase (more and more), join, longer (bring, do, make, much, put), (the, much, yet) more (and more), proceed (further), prolong, put, be [strong-] er, yet, yield.
Ephraim means: doubly fruitful. (Strong’s H669)
God has sent us into all the world, especially our founding apostle who has cut open jungle paths for God’s people everywhere. Once those pathways to reformation were opened, we could follow up and build cities of God in the spirit. Now there is a highway of holiness that connects us with a global flow of churches, organizations, business even farms! We are set for double fruitfulness because of the Joseph and Ephraim qualities of this ministry. As you enter this church and move of God, the same qualities draw you to the centre of Jesus Christ in our midst and the same effect rubs off on your life and spheres of influence. The devil hates this and seeks to separate the two sticks and sow division and doubt of our collective calling and mandate I the spirit.
But God has decided to make the two sticks one in His hand,
Divine strokes of the two sticks becoming one:
1. Gathering of the nation from all corners of the earth.
2. Possessing our own land.
3. Unification of a Godly nation.
4. Cleansing from defilement.
5. Divine calling: God calls us His People and He is our God forever.
6. Restoration of God’s servant David as King: speaks of Jesus Christ the son of David. One shepherd.
7. Walking out the Word and commandments of God.
8. Dwelling in the land God has given us, across generations, forever.
9. Ruling of the Prince of Peace over us forever, by a covenant of peace.
10. Multiplication of saints and churches: God will establish and multiply us.
11. Communion and worship restoration: God will set His sanctuary, and tabernacle in our midst – God’s presence will commune and remain with us.
12. Commission fulfilment: Nations will see that God has sanctified us and set us apart for His own glory.