Author: Brian R. Kenyon
Several years ago, a middle aged man who identified himself as a Mormon started attending a night class at the Florida School of Preaching that this writer taught on the Book of Matthew. He came about the tenth week (out of a sixteen week semester) as the result of some full-time students who came upon him as they went door to door, evangelizing their neighborhood. One night after class, he said that the word translated “stick” in Ezekiel 37:16-19 rhymed with a Chinese word that meant “scroll;” therefore, the prophecy of the two sticks coming together was actually fulfilled in the Bible and the Book of Mormon becoming one. That teaching sounded just as ridiculous then as it does now. This writer has not found that exact Chinese connection documented. However, as will be shown, the interpretations of Ezekiel 37 that can be documented in Mormon sources are not much different (but equally ridiculous) as the Mormon visitor’s just described. In this chapter, an exegesis of Ezekiel 37 will be given and then a comparison will be made between what documented Mormon sources claim Ezekiel 37 teaches and what the Bible actually teaches. This comparison begins with an analysis of Ezekiel 37 because knowing the truth is more valuable than knowing a particular error. When one knows the truth, he or she can evaluate any error that presents itself by that truth. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32).
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