Oh dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.” Ezekiel 37:1
These bones, which Ezekiel was placed in the midst of, are described as “very many on the surface and VERY dry”.
Imagine the scene.
And he is asked a question:
‘Can these bones live?’
What would Ezekiel’s response be?
Imagine yourself in this scene and consider how you would answer, standing in the midst of ‘very many, very dry bones’. Can they live?
If he expressed doubt, would it have been like the people asking, “Can God….?”, which greatly displeased the Lord and was considered speaking against Him (Ps 78:17-22)?
Ezekiel answered, “O Lord, You know.”
May we see all circumstances we are placed in, especially the impossible, improbable ones, through eyes of faith in the One with Whom all things are possible:
“This is what I see, but Lord, what do you say is true and possible?”
“O Lord, You know.”
And in response He gave these instructions to Ezekiel,
“Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD’”. Ezekiel 37:4
The interpretation of the ‘bones’ is given in verse 11:
“these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.'”
Does this sound a little like corners of the ‘hopeless’ church today, crying out, ‘We are all alone,’ as they wring their hands and say, ‘Can God…..(fix ‘this‘)?’
May I just put forth that this is THE ANSWER to our dryness, our ‘very dry’:
“O dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!”
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