“There are recurring themes in scripture that seem unexplained such as sowing (picture of planting in ground as death or scattering seed which splits in two and then growth/life resurrection comes from this death) and reaping, sticks/trees (etz)/bones (etzam–share same root word) separating then coming together as one and putting on (one) flesh (basar) Good News/Gospel (basarah). A picture of this is the cross two joined sticks in the shape of the sign of the covenant an x or t. Natural firstborns are said to be the recipients of birthrights and inheritances however in repeated practice secondary sons (Second Adam is Jesus, Isaac, Joseph, etc.) are given these honors due to their heart of carrying on the heart and destiny of the father into the family legacy. An only child of promise is conceived miraculously or with some obstacle overcome and becomes a prophet or a king/ruler, dies with some allusion to wood or a tree or bones and is raised or nearly dies or is nearly sacrificed and is miraculously raised, saved or there is an allusion of death but not a certainty…(Abraham and Isaac nearly sacrificed carried his own wood, Elijah raised the widow’s son stretching out like a cross, Jephthah’s daughter an olah to the Lord, Absalom hung in a tree, Ishmael nearly died sitting by a tree, etc.) …variations on a theme” –Dee Stover from Jesus in the Old Testament
Act 15:14 SimeonG4826 hath declaredG1834 howG2531 GodG2316 at the firstG4412 did visitG1980 the Gentiles,G1484 to takeG2983 out ofG1537 them a peopleG2992 forG1909 hisG848 name.G3686
Act 15:15 AndG2532 to thisG5129 agreeG4856 theG3588 wordsG3056 of theG3588 prophets;G4396 asG2531 it is written,G1125
Act 15:16 AfterG3326 thisG5023 I will return,G390 andG2532 will build againG456 theG3588 tabernacleG4633 of David,G1138 which is fallen down;G4098 andG2532 I will build againG456 theG3588 ruinsG2679 thereof,G846 andG2532 I will set it up:G461 G846
Act 15:17 ThatG3704 theG3588 residueG2645 of menG444 might seek afterG1567 G302 theG3588 Lord,G2962 andG2532 allG3956 theG3588 Gentiles,G1484 uponG1909 whomG3739 myG3450 nameG3686 is called,G1941 saith(G3004 G846) the Lord,G2962 who doethG4160 allG3956 these things.G5023
Act 15:18 KnownG1110 unto GodG2316 areG2076 allG3956 hisG848 worksG2041 fromG575 the beginning of the world.G165
Let us see if we can find where God tells us his plan in creation—-
Gen 2:23 And AdamH121 said,H559 ThisH2063 is nowH6471 boneH6106 of my bones,H4480 H6106 and fleshH1320 of my flesh:H4480 H1320 sheH2063 shall be calledH7121 Woman,H802 becauseH3588 sheH2063 was takenH3947 out of Man.H4480 H376
Gen 2:24 ThereforeH5921 H3651 shall a manH376 leaveH5800 (H853) his fatherH1 and his mother,H517 and shall cleaveH1692 unto his wife:H802 and they shall beH1961 oneH259 flesh.H1320
From H6105; a bone (as strong); by extension the body; figuratively the substance, that is, (as pronoun) selfsame: – body, bone, X life, (self-) same, strength, X very.
From H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension body, person; also (by euphemism) the pudenda of a man: – body, [fat, lean] flesh [-ed], kin, [man-] kind, + nakedness, self, skin.
Where do we find the word for Gospel (good news) in the Old Testament?
In fact, we find besar and besorah in the same verse here.
2Sa 18:20 And JoabH3097 saidH559 unto him, ThouH859 shalt notH3808 bear
tidingsH376 H1309 thisH2088 day,H3117 but thou shalt bear tidingsH1319 anotherH312 day:H3117 but thisH2088 dayH3117 thou shalt bear no tidings,H1319 H3808 becauseH3588 H5921 the king’sH4428 sonH1121 is dead.H4191
Feminine from H1319; glad tidings; by implication reward for good news: – reward for tidings.
Eze 37:5 ThusH3541 saithH559 the LordH136 GODH3069 unto theseH428 bones;H6106 Behold,H2009 IH589 will cause breathH7307 to enterH935 into you, and ye shall live:H2421
Eze 37:6 And I will layH5414 sinewsH1517 uponH5921 you, and will bring upH5927 fleshH1320 uponH5921 you, and coverH7159 H5921 you with skin,H5785 and putH5414 breathH7307 in you, and ye shall live;H2421 and ye shall knowH3045 thatH3588 IH589 am the LORD.H3068
Eze 37:9 Then saidH559 he untoH413 me, ProphesyH5012 untoH413 the wind,H7307 prophesy,H5012 sonH1121 of man,H120 and sayH559 toH413 the wind,H7307 ThusH3541 saithH559 the LordH136 GOD;H3069 ComeH935 from the fourH4480 H702 winds,H7307 O breath,H7307 and breatheH5301 upon theseH428 slain,H2026 that they may live.H2421
Eze 37:10 So I prophesiedH5012 asH834 he commandedH6680 me, and the breathH7307 cameH935 into them, and they lived,H2421 and stood upH5975 uponH5921 their feet,H7272 an exceedingH3966 H3966 greatH1419 army.H2428
Eze 37:11 Then he saidH559 untoH413 me, SonH1121 of man,H120 theseH428 bonesH6106 are the wholeH3605 houseH1004 of Israel:H3478 behold,H2009 they say,H559 Our bonesH6106 are dried,H3001 and our hopeH8615 is lost:H6 we are cut offH1504 for our parts.
Eze 37:12 ThereforeH3651 prophesyH5012 and sayH559 untoH413 them, ThusH3541 saithH559 the LordH136 GOD;H3069 Behold,H2009 O my people,H5971 IH589 will openH6605 (H853) your graves,H6913 and cause you to come upH5927 out of your graves,H4480 H6913 and bringH935 you intoH413 the landH127 of Israel.H3478
Eze 37:13 And ye shall knowH3045 thatH3588 IH589 am the LORD,H3068 when I have openedH6605 (H853) your graves,H6913 O my people,H5971 and brought you upH5927 (H853) out of your graves,H4480 H6913
Eze 37:14 And shall putH5414 my spiritH7307 in you, and ye shall live,H2421 and I shall placeH5117 you inH5921 your own land:H127 then shall ye knowH3045 thatH3588 IH589 the LORDH3068 have spokenH1696 it, and performedH6213 it, saithH5002 the LORD.H3068
I Will Be Their God, They Shall Be My People
Eze 37:15 The wordH1697 of the LORDH3068 cameH1961 again untoH413 me, saying,H559
Eze 37:16 Moreover, thouH859 sonH1121 of man,H120 takeH3947 thee oneH259 stick,H6086 and writeH3789 uponH5921 it, For Judah,H3063 and for the childrenH1121 of IsraelH3478 his companions:H2270 then takeH3947 anotherH259 stick,H6086 and writeH3789 uponH5921 it, For Joseph,H3130 the stickH6086 of Ephraim,H669 and for allH3605 the houseH1004 of IsraelH3478 his companions:H2270
Eze 37:17 And joinH7126 them oneH259 toH413 anotherH259 into oneH259 stick;H6086 and they shall becomeH1961 oneH259 in thine hand.H3027
Eze 37:18 And whenH834 the childrenH1121 of thy peopleH5971 shall speakH559 untoH413 thee, saying,H559 Wilt thou notH3808 shewH5046 us whatH4100 thou meanest by these?H428
Eze 37:19 SayH1696 untoH413 them, ThusH3541 saithH559 the LordH136 GOD;H3069 Behold,H2009 IH589 will takeH3947 (H853) the stickH6086 of Joseph,H3130 whichH834 is in the handH3027 of Ephraim,H669 and the tribesH7626 of IsraelH3478 his fellows,H2270 and will putH5414 them withH5921 him, even withH854 the stickH6086 of Judah,H3063 and makeH6213 them oneH259 stick,H6086 and they shall beH1961 oneH259 in mine hand.H3027
Eze 37:20 And the sticksH6086 whereonH834 H5921 thou writestH3789 shall beH1961 in thine handH3027 before their eyes.H5869
Eze 37:21 And sayH1696 untoH413 them, ThusH3541 saithH559 the LordH136 GOD;H3069 Behold,H2009 IH589 will takeH3947 (H853) the childrenH1121 of IsraelH3478 from amongH4480 H996 the heathen,H1471 whitherH834 H8033 they be gone,H1980 and will gatherH6908 them on every side,H4480 H5439 and bringH935 them intoH413 their own land:H127
Eze 37:22 And I will makeH6213 them oneH259 nationH1471 in the landH776 upon the mountainsH2022 of Israel;H3478 and oneH259 kingH4428 shall beH1961 kingH4428 to them all:H3605 and they shall beH1961 noH3808 moreH5750 twoH8147 nations,H1471 neitherH3808 shall they be dividedH2673 into twoH8147 kingdomsH4467 any more at all:H5750 H5750
Eze 37:23 NeitherH3808 shall they defileH2930 themselves any moreH5750 with their idols,H1544 nor with their detestable things,H8251 nor with anyH3605 of their transgressions:H6588 but I will saveH3467 them out of allH4480 H3605 their dwelling places,H4186 whereinH834 they have sinned,H2398 and will cleanseH2891 them: so shall they beH1961 my people,H5971 and IH589 will beH1961 their God.H430
Eze 37:24 And DavidH1732 my servantH5650 shall be kingH4428 overH5921 them; and they allH3605 shall haveH1961 oneH259 shepherd:H7462 they shall also walkH1980 in my judgments,H4941 and observeH8104 my statutes,H2708 and doH6213 them.
Eze 37:25 And they shall dwellH3427 inH5921 the landH776 thatH834 I have givenH5414 unto JacobH3290 my servant,H5650 whereinH834 your fathersH1 have dwelt;H3427 and they shall dwellH3427 therein,H5921 even they,H1992 and their children,H1121 and their children’sH1121 childrenH1121 for ever:H5769 and my servantH5650 DavidH1732 shall be their princeH5387 for ever.H5769
Eze 37:26 Moreover I will makeH3772 a covenantH1285 of peaceH7965 with them; it shall beH1961 an everlastingH5769 covenantH1285 withH854 them: and I will placeH5414 them, and multiplyH7235 them, and will setH5414 my sanctuaryH4720 in the midstH8432 of them for evermore.H5769
Eze 37:27 My tabernacleH4908 also shall beH1961 withH5921 them: yea, I will beH1961 their God,H430 and theyH1992 shall beH1961 my people.H5971
Eze 37:28 And the heathenH1471 shall knowH3045 thatH3588 IH589 the LORDH3068 do sanctifyH6942 (H853) Israel,H3478 when my sanctuaryH4720 shall beH1961 in the midstH8432 of them for evermore.H5769
From H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plural sticks): – + carpenter, gallows, helve, + pine, plank, staff, stalk, stick, stock, timber, tree, wood.
From H7931; a residence (including a shepherd’s hut, the lair of animals, figuratively the grave; also the Temple); specifically the Tabernacle (properly its wooden walls): – dwelleth, dwelling (place), habitation, tabernacle, tent.
Amo 9:9 For,H3588 lo,H2009 IH595 will command,H6680 and I will siftH5128 (H853) the houseH1004 of IsraelH3478 among allH3605 nations,H1471 like asH834 corn is siftedH5128 in a sieve,H3531 yet shall notH3808 the least grainH6872 fallH5307 upon the earth.H776
Amo 9:10 AllH3605 the sinnersH2400 of my peopleH5971 shall dieH4191 by the sword,H2719 which say,H559 The evilH7451 shall notH3808 overtakeH5066 nor preventH6923 H1157 us.
The Restoration of Israel
Amo 9:11 In thatH1931 dayH3117 will I raise upH6965 (H853) the tabernacleH5521 of DavidH1732 that is fallen,H5307 and close upH1443 (H853) the breachesH6556 thereof; and I will raise upH6965 his ruins,H2034 and I will buildH1129 it as in the daysH3117 of old:H5769
Amo 9:12 ThatH4616 they may possessH3423 (H853) the remnantH7611 of Edom,H123 and of allH3605 the heathen,H1471 whichH834 are called byH7121 H5921 my name,H8034 saithH5002 the LORDH3068 that doethH6213 this.H2063
Amo 9:13 Behold,H2009 the daysH3117 come,H935 saithH5002 the LORD,H3068 that the plowmanH2790 shall overtakeH5066 the reaper,H7114 and the treaderH1869 of grapesH6025 him that sowethH4900 seed;H2233 and the mountainsH2022 shall dropH5197 sweet wine,H6071 and allH3605 the hillsH1389 shall melt.H4127
Amo 9:14 And I will bring againH7725 (H853) the captivityH7622 of my peopleH5971 of Israel,H3478 and they shall buildH1129 the wasteH8074 cities,H5892 and inhabitH3427 them; and they shall plantH5193 vineyards,H3754 and drinkH8354 (H853) the wineH3196 thereof; they shall also makeH6213 gardens,H1593 and eatH398 (H853) the fruitH6529 of them.
Amo 9:15 And I will plantH5193 them uponH5921 their land,H127 and they shall noH3808 moreH5750 be pulled upH5428 out ofH4480 H5921 their landH127 whichH834 I have givenH5414 them, saithH559 the LORDH3068 thy God.H430
Feminine of H5520; a hut or lair: – booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent.
A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively): – be accepted, cast (down, self, [lots], out), cease, die, divide (by lot), (let) fail, (cause to, let, make, ready to) fall (away, down, -en, -ing), fell (-ing), fugitive, have [inheritamce], inferior, be judged [by mistake for H6419], lay (along), (cause to) lie down, light (down), be (X hast) lost, lying, overthrow, overwhelm, perish, present (-ed, -ing), (make to) rot, slay, smite out, X surely, throw down.
From H2040; something demolished: – ruin.