I don’t know about you, but pretty much every time I read this passage in Ezekiel I am filled with amazement and hope. The message of the resurrection takes on a new form. And God once again is revealed not as a hero, but as the hero of the story of creation, forgiveness and redemption.
1The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!
5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones:
I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin 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 it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’
12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.
14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”
For Ezekiel, these bones represent the people of Israel, devastated by war, starving in their own land or scattered outside of it, losing hope and doubting the faithfulness of their God.
God makes new life! The people of Israel arise from a valley full of next-to-nothingness.
What are the things in this life that have caused you to feel beaten, bruised, or left for dead?
What situation do you have very little hope for?
Just like Israel, do you feel like God is far away?
Have you doubted if He is even hearing your prayers?
I pray that today, you will hear Him tell those dead areas of your life to come alive.
I pray that you will hear Him breathing the Spirit upon these situations you've been praying for.
Would you turn your ears to my prayers?
Would you come to my rescue?
I've been beaten down by the things of this life and often don't feel I have the strength to keep going.
Would you breathe on me and give me new life?
In Christ's name I pray. Amen!
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”