How to Unite the Tribes of Joseph and Judah




15The word of the LORD came to me: 16"Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' 17Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
--Ezekiel 37: 15-17, NIV

That was the scripture reading, and I was asked to make a prop. A stick to use. God gave Ezekiel kind of decent instructions, but they're pretty vague. If only He had used Instructables.

Note: This Instructable is not intended to promote any religion or teaching. It was just an excuse to use that title. Please, no flame Crusades. Apologies if I offend anyone with my sacrilege.

Step 1: The Stick

Okay, got a stick. Old sycamore, so it's lightweight but decently sturdy. Scraped off loose bark and trimmed it down a bit.

Step 2: Israel Divided

According to the original instructions, you're supposed to use two sticks. I just used one and halved it. I sure hope that's okay.

I drew some nice straight lines on the straightest part of the stick, which allows me to drill a straight hole so they at least a little bit line up in the end.

Step 3: Oh, the Puns.

Yes, it's now a holey stick. I said it.

This chunk of heavy-ish dowel rod happened to be the same size as a drill bit I had, unlike the broomstick that I tried to turn down and was lucky NOT to break the lathe. I didn't particularly care if they were perfectly lined up, so I just found a drill bit the right size and jammed the whole thing under the drill press. Exciting.

Step 4: Nations, Unite!

We must save the city!

So, Israel's totally united now. Just thought you all might want to know.

This Instructable has sunk to a level far beneath any of the other nonsense I've posted. I have plenty of other projects in the works, but this is the only one with a deadline. Sorry I wasted your server space, Eric.



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    The conversation between Kiteman and myself was a year ago; on an 'epically fail day' (on my part). While I do still stand by many of my statements I could have put things much more clearly and without the drama. Yes a person can say 'what they want' but if they do they better be prepared to deal with the consequences.

    That's the point. Talk the talk, walk the walk, punch a whale in the face; and deal with all repercussions.

    It means both, yet what he inferred and what you implied are not congruous. On that note, I haven't ever known you to be PC, and if you follow his advice and start a new site take me with you!!!

    If I'm not being PC, I want to know so I can fix it.

    I have a very strong distaste for the right-wing branding of "not-offensive" as "PC" and "PC" as "pandering" or some other negative connotation. I consider being PC to be a good thing inasmuch as it seems to include "not being racist," "not being misogynist," and generally "not being a tool." When someone says "this isn't PC, but -" something offensive never fails to follow.

    And sure thing. ;)

    Kind of what I meant when I said you weren't. I usually take PC to mean the "unoffensive" politics BS, your part is more or less kindness and common sense and as it happens, it can fall under the PC category.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Mormons (LDS Church, Salt Lake City) have a very suitable explanation for those versicles. At least, nobody has been able to give me a better or equal.

    all this fuss over a stick.this is not a theology website but as a theological idea based on unification of different tribes try this ; one tribe makes ice cream the other makes spoons .Both make more than they need .The tribe who makes the spoons keeps enough spoons for themselves and the spoons they have left over ,they swap for icecream which the other tribe also makes too much of . Spoons for icecream .Ice cream for spoons .Both tribes sit on a hill with a nice view and eat together .TOGETHER . Because at the end of the day a spoon without icecream is a lonely affair and icecream without a spoon is a sticky mess ........

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    This is pretentious, non-thought-through 'ible. I don't think the author understands the religious concept, if they had, it would have been done more respectfully. I don't have a problem with someone making a staff with symbolic/religious implication. However their tone is light-minded and mocking (non-intentional I'm sure, but still there). If they'd given more thought to their project things could have been interesting... For instance using Olive Wood (I could go on, but frankly I'm incredibly upset and don't want to speak further on this topic).


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That's part of the point really... the fact that it was used in a play. If someone has a misunderstanding of a concept and makes a symbol of it. Then publicly displays it - Ignorance marches on.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Good grief - it's a play of that passage, not some disrespectful make-believe.

    (I can't believe that *I* am defending the representation of religious imagery...)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    NOTE: You are requesting clarification, I never volunteered it aside from my original opinion of this 'ible. Bluntly Honest: I don't care what you think of any belief of mine. Further requests for clarification will be ignored.

    Thank you, Kiteman. It wasn't quite for a play-the pastor read the passage while a couple of my friends stood behind her and demonstrated what it meant. But yes.

    GroovyPoet: I'm sorry that you took offense at something not intended to be intentional. I don't believe that Kiteman ever requested clarification, and I'm not sure where you got the idea that he did. This same thing was done at a conference for the entire Midwest, that's where the pastor got the idea. I don't see how using "Olive Wood" would have particularly made any difference, since the passage from Ezekiel never mentions a type of wood, only to use two "sticks." The passage describes how to make a visual aid, and that is exactly what I have done. There is nothing more to it. It is a visual aid used by Ezekiel to help him explain to his people what he's talking about. If following a Scripture passage word for word is offensive to you, then I can't really do much about it other than hope you don't have the same objections toward the Commandments. Good day, sir.