The Valley of Dry Bones

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Though Ezekiel lived with his fellow exiles in Babylon, his divine call forced  him to suppress any natural expectations he may have had of an early return  to an undamaged Jerusalem. For the first seven years of his ministry (593-586  b.c.) he faithfully relayed to his fellow Jews the stern, heart-rending, hope-crushing  word of divine judgment: Because of all her sins, Jerusalem would fall (see  chs. 124). The fact that Israel was God’s covenant people and that Jerusalem  was the city of his temple would not bring their early release from exile or  prevent Jerusalem from being destroyed (see Jer 29-30). The only hope the prophet  was authorized to extend to his hearers was that of living at peace with themselves  and with God during their exile.

After being informed by the Lord that Jerusalem was under siege and would  surely fall (24:1-14), Ezekiel was told that his beloved wife would soon die.  The delight of his eyes would be taken from him just as the temple, the delight  of Israel’s eyes, would be taken from her. He was not to mourn openly for his  wife, as a sign to his people not to mourn openly for Jerusalem (24:15-27).  He was then directed to pronounce a series of judgments on the seven nations  of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon and Egypt (chs. 2532). The day  of God’s wrath was soon to come, but not on Israel alone.

Once news was received that Jerusalem had fallen, Ezekiel’s message turned  to the Lord’s consoling word of hope for his people — they would experience revival,  restoration and a glorious future as the redeemed and perfected kingdom of  God in the world (chs. 3348).  Copied from http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/ezekiel/

Ezekiel 37 (King James Version)

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out  in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down  in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 And caused me to pass  by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said  unto me, Son of man, can these bones live ? And I answered , O Lord GOD, thou knowest . 4 Again he said  unto me, Prophesy  upon these bones, and say  unto them, O ye dry bones, hear  the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith  the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter  into you, and ye shall live : 6 And I will lay  sinews upon you, and will bring up  flesh upon you, and cover  you with skin, and put  breath in you, and ye shall live ; and ye shall know  that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied  as I was commanded : and as I prophesied , there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together , bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld , lo, the sinews and the flesh came up  upon them, and the skin covered  them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said  he unto me, Prophesy  unto the wind, prophesy , son of man, and say  to the wind, Thus saith  the Lord GOD; Come  from the four winds, O breath, and breathe  upon these slain , that they may live . 10 So I prophesied  as he commanded  me, and the breath came  into them, and they lived , and stood up  upon their feet, an exceeding   great army. 11 Then he said  unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say , Our bones are dried , and our hope is lost : we are cut off  for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy  and say  unto them, Thus saith  the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open  your graves, and cause you to come up  out of your graves, and bring  you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know  that I am the LORD, when I have opened  your graves, O my people, and brought you up  out of your graves, 14 And shall put  my spirit in you, and ye shall live , and I shall place  you in your own land: then shall ye know  that I the LORD have spoken  it, and performed  it, saith  the LORD

I am always impressed with Ezekiel the way he answered God when asked can these bones live. Thou knowest? Most of us would say of course they can God, you can do anything if you say so. God does not say well can they or can they not  but says to Ezekiel speak to these bones so they might live. How many times in our own life encounters have we come across a bunch of dry bones. They can be in the form of loved ones, friends, acquaintances or they can even be our lives and if we are not careful we will start to categorize  a class of dry bones that have expended their lives and become a pile of dry bleached out lifeless bones with out any chance of ever having life again into the classification of all is lost without any hope. (Yes I know this is a prophesy about Israel being restored but scriptures can be used to influence a nation or an individual.) I am sure the seven nations  of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyre, Sidon and Egypt were all ecstatic over the demise that Israel found itself in and if we are not careful we can do the same thing to a fellow human and place them in the category of unredeemable dry bones. I know because I have a good friend that I prayed for 38 years before He gave his life to Jesus and all the time other people would tell me to quit wasting my time on him. But God does answer prayers in His own perfect time. So yes those bones can live and walk around as we speak the word of the Lord to them.

I know if you are seasoned enough you will remember this song.

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In Him, Mike

 

 

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One Response to The Valley of Dry Bones

  1. Becky Wall says:

    I guess I am well seasoned. I miss the four-part harmony. We don’t hear it anymore.

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