Dry Bones, Live Bones

“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord… Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’

“So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  And… behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy… say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.‘  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:1-10

Could there be a more vivid picture of lifelessness transformed than the Lord gave Ezekiel? The Author of life, since death was chosen in Eden, never leaves His people in death and despair. He is fully vested in His children to bring life to mortal bodies with immortal power, vitality, and fruitfulness.

“Then he said to me, ‘These bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ Say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:11-14

Has our zeal to move forward or willingness to adapt and change dried up? Where have we lost spiritual edge and relinquished self control to indulgence, patience to impertinence and it’s-my-right-to-be-first, or gratitude to complaining? Do we choose to languish and give up, or earnestly beseech the Lord’s breath of energy and revival of all that lies fallow? God can make us willing to be made willing, and delights when we live to the full all He’s prepared for us. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Father, rejuvenate me. Fill me with Your life, that others see and come to know You, and desire Your dwelling place and sanctuary among them. (Ezekiel 37:27-28)

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