2019-01-10 - Dry Bones
Ezekiel 37:1-3 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out [a]by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord [b]God, You know.”
I remember reading this as a late teenager for the first time. I will admit I was very confused. The scene popped out of nowhere. A valley filled with dried bones seemed very macabre. I didn't get very far before I turned the page. My response was similar to many people I know who avoid the book of Revelation. I struggled some with that book too when I was that young. Without patience and maybe some help it is easy to get frustrated and move on.
Recently I was prompted by a song named Dry Bones to take a look at chapter 37 again. It's a lot clearer this time. What Ezekiel is confronted with is a vision. God placed Ezekiel in this situation to give him some insight into the plan the Lord had for the Prophet - and maybe for us in this future date as well.
God gives prophecy to speak over the valley of dry bones to bring the bones back together into skeletons and for tendons, muscles, organs and skin to be reconstructed over the reassembled bones. Then to have the breath of life put back into the bodies. The end result in the vision was a large standing army for Israel.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 covers the vision God gave to Ezekiel. Can this vision apply to Christians in the current day? I will say this much. For decades Christians have not pushed back against the ills that infect our culture. That is changing the more invasive the attack against people of many faiths have been pushed out of the mainstream and mocked, ridiculed and legislated against from many sides. That tide has started to turn in the recent past as judges are ruling to allow the laws to not impinge on our rights to live out our faith. The dry bones of people of many faiths where trodden down over time. The battle is not over and really never will be. But the army of believers is forming. The tendons and muscles are forming around the bones. The breath of spirit and faith have been poured back into some of the soldiers. We must be willing to be awakened and form part of the ranks of the army and serve.
Lord Jesus - we have learned though the history we've seen unfold not in our favor show that we must always be watching from the walls and towers for those who make themselves Your enemies. IF we can meet them with compassion and understanding they might see that we offer Your gifts of forgiveness, freedom and eternal life with You. Give us the words and the hearts to open the conversation to bring them to you. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.