The Valley of Dry Bones Pt. 2
Yesterday we looked at Ezekiel 37:1-6 in “The Valley of Dry Bones Pt.1“. We saw the crazy command of God for Ezekiel to speak to bones about word of God. We also applied that text to our lives by answering the question, “Why should we evangelize?”
Today we will focus on Ezekiel 37: 7-10. Here is what the text says:
7 “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. 8 And I looked, 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.
9 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and 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.’
10 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.”
I love this section of Scripture. It gives us great imagery of God’s life-giving power. It also shows us what is able to happen when we, as believers, follow what God commands of us.
As mentioned in part 1 of this series God tells Ezekiel to prophesy over the dry bones. When Ezekiel follows God’s command we see an amazing thing happen in verses 7-8. First, Ezekiel hears the dry bones rattling. The bones in the valley start moving banging into each other and making the sound of, what I imagine would be, thousands of rattling snakes. Then, each bone finds its former place, cartilage (sinews) attach, muscles and organs get into place (flesh), and skin covers the bodies.
Ezekiel mentions in verse 8 that, “there was no breathe in them.” They were still dead but now they looked more like fresh corpses you would find on the show “CSI” then the dry bones you would find on “Bones”. Regardless of the state of either the dry bones or the fully put together corpses they are still missing one thing…life.
I think this is like the reactions we see when we evangelize. We, as Christians, know that we are talking to spiritually dead people. People that do not have ears to hear or eyes to see. But, when the person that we are talking to starts to understand where we are coming from it is similar to what Ezekiel sees in this part of the vision. Everything gets set in proper place but God still has work to do.
God needs to instill his life in their bodies. Ezekiel shows us this in verses 9-10.
In verse 9 we see God gives Ezekiel another command to prophesy over the dead when he says, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and 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.”
Again, we see the faithfulness of Ezekiel. For most of us seeing the bodies coming together would be enough for us to remain faithful but they are still dead. Technology today has given us amazing advances in medicine. We have machines that can resuscitate people. We can even transplant organs from one person to another. However, I have never heard of a case where a corpse that was dead, and through medical means, was given life. So, for me it shows great faithfulness for Ezekiel to follow God’s command in speaking to these dead bodies. And as Ezekiel begins to prophesy an amazing thing happens as seen in verse 10:
“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.”
When we follow the commands of God to go out and tell dead people about the life-giving power of God sometimes we get the blessing of seeing what Ezekiel saw. It is not exactly the same because we do not preach to physically dead people but we do preach to spiritually dead people. It is amazing when I hear stories of people coming to faith in Christ. I’m floored when I get the privilege to see people’s eyes opened to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. We preach because we want to be the instrument God uses to give people life. We are all blessed to be used by God in this way.
When I was in high school I went on a couple of mission trips. I remember the missionary speaking to us about his work and he said something that will always stick in my mind. He said, “The greatest miracle is when a heart turns from darkness to light.”
May we all thank God for the miracle he has done in our lives, the miracles he has done in others, and the miracles he has yet to do.
Posted on November 9, 2011, in Christianity, Life, Theology and tagged Book of Ezekiel, Christ, Christianity, Ezekiel, God, Old Testament, Prophecy, reformed theology, Savior, theology, truth. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.