I have a bone to pick with you. In the valley of dry bones, we can learn something about ourselves and our local churches. Let us take a moment to find out what these dry bones can tell us.
Nothing on this earth can bring bones back to life, only God can restore life. Ezekiel came across a valley of bones. The Spirit of the Lord told him to prophesy to these bones, and as he did, the sinews and flesh came on them, and then the skin. Ezekiel was then told to prophesy for the wind to blow, and as he did the wind blew, and the bodies stood up and breathed.
This vision delineates the promise made in chapter 36, life renewed and a country reestablished, in physical and spiritual aspects. The dry bones are a portrayal of the Jewish individuals in bondage, dispersed and dead. The outcasts of both Israel and Judah would be discharged from their 'graves' of bondage and one day be regathered in their home country. Ezekiel felt that he was addressing the dead as he lectured the outcasts since they only reacted to his messages occasionally. In any case, look how these bones reacted! As God brought life once again into these dry dead bones, He would bring life once more into the spiritually dead people.
The dry bones spoke to the individuals' condition of being spiritually dead. Our places of worship may appear to be a load of evaporated issues that remain to be worked out, spiritually dead with no expectation of essentialness. Similarly, as God vowed to reestablish His country, He can reestablish any congregation, regardless of how dry it might be. As opposed to giving up, Christians ought to appeal to God for recharging, for God can reestablish it to life. The expectation and supplication of each congregation ought to be that God will place His Spirit into it (Ezekiel 37:14). God is calling His children back to Himself, bringing new life into dead holy places and dead Christians.
This vision was to encourage the Jews. It shows their rebuilding after being in captivity, and their coming together from being exiled. Additionally, it represents the restoration of the dead, and it speaks of God's saving grace.
Types of Bones:
How many churches of today are like these bones in Ezekiel 37?
The fundamental lesson is when the Spirit of God is present, His people are enabled to live.
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