Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-38:23 (additional reading: Psalm 117:1-2 & Proverbs 28:1 )
What a scary sight it would have been for Ezekiel in today’s text. The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
Graveyards are often sad places to visit. What a sad view this must have been for Ezekiel as well. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. And what was worse, was that God said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. From this, we can tell that God was giving Ezekiel a vision of the SPIRITUAL lives of Israel.
That’s the way that God describes unbelievers. As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) The mind of sinful man is hostile to God. (Romans 8:7) When God describes the world as dead in sins, there isn’t much room for hope.
So when God presented Ezekiel with this graveyard and asked him, “Son of man, can these bones live?” What did Ezekiel say? “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.” He honestly said, “I don’t know.” He knew God was almighty, and he wanted to believe it, but how could they?
When you stand in the middle of this graveyard, don’t you often have the same question? Are you also living in a graveyard of finances? Does there seem there is no way out of debt? Are you living in a graveyard of dead love in your marriage? Does it seem hopeless? It was seemingly hopeless. But not with the LORD of hosts!
Ezekiel knew that God could bring life into these bones, but he seemed hesitant to say, “YES – they can live.” So it’s interesting to see how God renewed Ezekiel’s faith in this time of doubt. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. What an awesome feeling that must have been for Ezekiel. Here he had preached to the Israelites for years and years, and they weren’t listening and weren’t listening and weren’t listening. He must have thought to himself, “what am I doing here?” But when God gave him this experience, allowing Ezekiel to speak HIS words and bring life through his voice – what a rush that must have been! Ezekiel would have then realized, “there is hope for the Israelites! All I have to do is preach the Word!” This is the way God has continually worked throughout history and the way He is still working. Trust His word.
What dead thing do you need God to grant new life?
Father, Thank You that You gave us new life when we were dead. Thank You that everything is possible with You. Help us never to give up on what You alone can do. In Jesus’ name, Amen