Thinking Sticks in the Bible

(sort of)


I Kings 17:12

And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.


Ezekiel 37:15-20

15   The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying,

16   Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

17   And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

18   And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

19   Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

20   And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.


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I found only five passages in the Bible Concordance in which "stick" was used as a noun. Two are eerily related to Thinking Sticks. I made Thinking Sticks for four years before I found something so (kind of, not really, close enough for some sermons) similar in the Bible! (The others have to do with gathering sticks on the Sabbath, floating iron, and a snake.)

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