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The Valley of Dry Bones Pt. 3

If you haven’t been keeping up with the blog the past few days this is the third and final post in “The Valley of Dry Bones” series. I would urge you to read part 1 and part 2 before reading this last post.

We have looked at Ezekiel 37 1-10 and made application from it. Today we will look at verses 11-14 which reads:

11 Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and 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. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 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.’”

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In the previous 10 verses Ezekiel speaks to the mass of dry bones. They all come together and God gives them life by instilling his Spirit in them. In this final section we see the reason for Ezekiel’s vision.

In verse 11 God speaks to Ezekiel saying, “these bones are the whole house of Israel.” God’s purpose is to share with  Ezekiel that there will be a national revival. God is going to change the nation’s direction by raising people to life. Israel had turned their backs on God several times proving their spiritual deadness. Notice what the people of Israel are going to say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.

Their bones are dry. Their hope is lost. They’re cut off from God, but God has the power to restore them.

God knows that the people of Israel will say these things. When they do repeat those words Ezekiel is to give them God’s answer found in verses 12-14. The interesting thing is that God repeats the phrase, “you shall know that I am the Lord“. God’s purpose in raising people to life is so that they will know himself. Like we discussed in part 2 God needs to put together the bodies of his people. This theme is clearly seen in verse 13 when he says:

And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.” 

God says that he will raise his people from their graves.

This is equal to the dry bones of the valley coming together and the bodies becoming complete corpses. However, there is more that is needed…they need life. We see this fulfilled in verse 14 when God says:

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.

God promises that he will raise their bodies from the grave and insert his Spirit of life inside them so they will live.

And why does God do this?  So that they will “know that I am the Lord“.

God is the one who resurrects, God is the one who saves, and God is the one who gets ALL the glory!

 

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on November 10, 2011, in Christianity, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Travis,

    All of this has been wonderful posts. You really did a good job with them all and the messages you gave were great also. God Bless, SR

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