1whowaits wrote:Tevye, there does appear to be some confusion,
still no confusion, only a choice... to believe.
Yes it is correct that Isaiah 53 describes Yeshua as a Servant to the Father.
Yet, Isaiah 53 and Ezekiel 37 are two seperate messages...In the context of Ezekiel 37:24-25 there is another reference to "Jacob My servant"
this gives us the indication that the reference to "David my servant" is actually the person David.
Something I noticed is that the word Servant in Isaiah 53 is capitalized
while the word servant in Ezekiel is not, giving us the indication
that the servant of Ezekiel is a servant of God, while the Servant in Isaiah 53 is God.
This is not an opinion, or mere interpretation, it is how God inspiried by His Spirit
the translators to write the passages so we would see what God intended for us to see.
The 'everlasting covenant' mentioned after describing David being prince forever is the covenant of Jesus Christ, described elsewhere as the everlasting covenant.
A covenant with a design and choice for His servant to be the (lessser to Christ) prince
who will oversee this covenant for his people as a type of representative for them to identify with.
And what was God's promise to David, that David would reign over Israel forever, or one of David's decendants would reign forever?
The message of Ezekiel 37 and the servant David came after David lived
therefore the intent of the message was not for David's benefit
but for the people who are the focus, in the context of the message.
“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; and I will make them
one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all;
(Israel will have only one king verses having a divided kingdom with two kings)
One thing we have lost as a people of the modern age is the identity found in a monarch.
When I traveled to England and spoke with family there and their friends about the queen
they expressed that we do not have a monarch and could not comprehend the connection.
It's about so many things we have lost in our time, such as identity, history, honor and so on.
Ultimately we are called as Christians, as followers of Christ, to find our identity in Yeshua.
God has a purpose, and identity and direction for the people of Israel within His coming kingdom.
Even now the people of Israel ultimately find their identity as a nation in their prince, king David.
King David is not the way of salvation for their souls, he is the person they 'connect' to as a people.
Kind David is who they are, he is the one given to them as a national identity, as a 'prince' for them.
God's promise to David was not that David would reign forever, but that David's descendant, the Messiah, Jesus, David's son, would reign forever.
The type of authority that is designated in scripture to Yeshua
is completely different to the position that king David will hold.
Yeshua is God and therefore His dominion, His kingdom is of heaven.
It will begin and be here upon the whole
Earth, when He appears in glory.
Even though David struggled in his life, God has chosen him to be their 'prince' forever.
(Just thought....that maybe there is a great message of God's grace to be found in this?)
Now, how the adminstrative works of God's coming kingdom on Earth will be delagated
is yet to be known and seen, but according to scripture it appears as though the Lord
has intended for Israel to continue forever to be set apart from the nations
as a holy people for His purpose, and according to Ezekiel 37 Israel's
internal identity as a people will be in David, God's servant and prince.
I imagine that the other nations, the other ethnic peoples on earth
will also have a particular way of identifying who they are.
Many of us who are not given such a blessing of ethnic identity
cannot understand the feeling that can be difficult to describe
by knowing who we are or where are from.
For those of us who do not know...
we can find our identity in Messiah Yeshua.
"What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known,
endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy,
which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called,
not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
As He says also in Hosea:
“ I will call them My people, who were not My people, and her beloved, who was not beloved
“ And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘ You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.” Romans chapter 9
One day, we who have no concrete idea of our identity
will be found in Him. For now we are hidden in Christ
given a deposit that He will redeem on the day of His appearing.
So when Ezek 37 refers to 'my servant David' being king over Israel, the 1 shepherd, is the passage indicating the rule of David, and the disciples and the OT saints and all believers under the rule of Jesus? Or is it more likely referring to the fulfillment of God's promise to David, that David's decendant would rule over Israel forever (1 Chron 17), and to the promise that the Messiah would rule forever on David's throne (Isa 9)?
I believe Ezekiel 37 is only about David, God's servant and Israel's future united kingdom. (The promise, the prophecy of Ezekiel chapter 37 is for Israel
and not intended to glorify David above Yehsua or Israel
he is the Lord's servant and will be Israel's servant, her prince forever.)
"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. “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying,
‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’ 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.”"
Yeshua's kingdom and throne is so much higher than any earthly throne.
It will be in the midst of the New Jerusalem as the most high of all thrones.
While Israel will be special, or holy during Yeshua's kingdom of the earth
there will be other earthly kingdoms under Yeshua, He will be the King of the kings on earth.
I don't believe David's throne will be so much about David as it will be about God's choice
for Israel to be given an identity in His servant David. As a gift to the remnant destined to endure.
"The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."
Israel will be set apart, they will have Yeshua as their Messiah, and He will have David as their prince, forever.