BIN: As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an indictment that threatens to cut short his long and illustrious term leading the nation of Israel, some see parallels between Netanyahu and King David, who both face opposition and temptation in their challenging roles as the “kings” of Israel.
It is precisely this ordeal that led Rabbi Dov Stein, the secretary of the nascent Sanhedrin, to compare Netanyahu to King David.
“The dangers that a king faces, spiritual and material, are far greater than a normal person will ever have to face,” Rabbi Stein told Breaking Israel News. “David was constantly being harassed and challenged, even by his own sons, Absalom and Adonijah. The king represents the entire nation, so all the dangers that should face the people come to him.”
The rabbi stated that it is entirely appropriate to class Netanyahu, an elected official, with the Biblical kings of Israel, cited the prophet Ezekiel’s description of the role of a king.
My servant David shall be king over them; there shall be one shepherd for all of them. They shall follow My rules and faithfully obey My laws. Ezek. 37:24 more …
Opinion: Ezekiel 37 is one of my favorite chapters in God’s word. It doesn’t matter how many times I read it, I always feel like it is my first time.
As much as we support PM Netanyahu, the rabbi’s interpretation of Ezekiel’s David shows what happens when the New Testament is missing. It never ceases to amaze me that the denominations view prophecy strictly through the NT church, while the rabbi’s view it strictly from the OT. Both are missing the combined view.
Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1–14) came to him after God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel in chapter 36. Ezekiel wrote this book while in captivity in 6th century BC Babylon.
The fulfillment of the dry bones becoming a nation would not happen until May 14, 1948 some 2600 years later.
God announced, through the prophet, that Israel will be restored to her land as a single nation represented by two sticks (Israel and Judah) joined together (Ezekiel 37:15-17), under the leadership of “David, My servant shall be king over them”.
But this reference to David is not a mere man. This messianic passage can only mean the Messiah from the lineage of David (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6-7; Matthew 1:1-6). This David will restore the Jewish people as God’s covenant people, beautifully prophesied in Zechariah 8:23:
“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
(Read Ezekiel 37:1-29 here)