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That valley of Dry Bones

 I have been reading through Ezekiel.  Not an easy book, not for me anyway.  But I am enjoying it.  It is my heart's desire to know and understand God's Word more fully.  It is definitely a journey in digging deeper daily!

I came upon the chapter of the valley of dry bones.  Chapter 37.  What an amazing chapter.  Can you imagine standing there, like Ezekiel, and watching those dry bones coming together, then being fleshed out, and ultimately, standing as a great army? 

So the gist of the chapter is as follows:

  • God brings Ezekiel in the spirit to the middle of a valley, full of bones
  • God leads him around them and he sees there are many, and they are dry
  • God asks Ezekiel, "Can these bones live?" 
  • Ezekiel responds, "O Lord God, You know", leaving the outcome to God
  • God tells Ezekiel to prophecy over the bones
  • Ezekiel prophecies in obedience and the bones start coming together
Ezekiel 37 vs 7 - 8:  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.  (italics are mine)

Did you see that?  The bones came together, sinew and flesh came upon them.  But, no breath!  There was not yet life.  They was just a valley of corpses....


BUT GOD....

Vs 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."  

The breath = God's Spirit, the ruakh

Vs 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

What an amazing vision!

God further tells Ezekiel that this is the whole house of Israel, and fleshes it out (pardon the pun) with a further vision of raising the Israelites from their graves, that they would know He is the Lord.  And the ultimate point:  Vs14:  "And I will put My Spirit within you, and you will 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."

My thoughts on this are:

  1. This was to encourage the Israelites at that time, who were in captivity.  God was showing them that He would restore them to their land.  It gave them hope
  2. I also think it speaks to the end times when God is going to restore Israel to its land with peace under Jesus after all the prophecies of the bible are completed.
  3. And finally I think it speaks to us now.  We have life in Christ when we become Christians and God fills us with His Holy Spirit.  When we believe Jesus died to save us from our sins, He rose again to conquer death, and He now lives in heavenly places until His return.  
My study bible says the fundamental lesson of these visions is when the Spirit is present, God's people are enabled to LIVE.   

No matter our current circumstances, just like the Israelites of Ezekiel's time, our hope is in the Lord, and the life in us is His Holy Spirit.  We are able to look forward knowing God is with us, in us, and carrying us to the finish line where we will spend eternity with Him.

I hope that in this crazy world we live in, you find this encouraging.

God bless
Tracy

Comments

  1. Tracy, thank you so much. This was encouraging. Amen I think the Holy Spirit is present all throughout the Christian’s life. The Spirit is also part of reading God’s Word. The only way to truly understand Scripture is to read it with eyes of faith. I once read: "One of the most important things is that we must not rely on our own strength but look wholly to Christ and His Spirit." This is one of the most comforting truths in all of God’s word.

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    1. Hi Aritha, you are so right, even when we are not aware of it, God and His Holy Spirit are with us. And reading scripture certainly opens our eyes to His presence in our lives.
      God bless

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  2. Nothing is too difficult for God! He is LIFE!

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  3. I have always found Ezekiel 37 to be encouraging in regard to prayer. It doesn't matter what things look like because God can breathe life into it. This is insightful, Tracy, "My study bible says the fundamental lesson of these visions is when the Spirit is present, God's people are enabled to LIVE."

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    1. Hi Lisa, I used to be terrified of the Old Testament, but the older I get, the more I love it. Lots of life giving scripture there!
      God bless

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  4. Tracy, this is one of my favorite bible stories! How I would have loved to see this happen - the immeasurable blessings of the prophets of God. Your post reminded me that unless I am filled with the spirit of God, I am not fully alive, fully able! Praying today, my friend, that we let the spirit of God fill us, to enable us more than we thought possible! Thank you for this beautiful encouragement today! So glad you are writing! ~ Shalom, Maryleigh

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    1. Hi Maryleigh, I stand in agreement with that prayer, amen! God bless

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  5. So wonderfully spoken Tracy. I love your insights and encouragement within. Blessings.

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    1. Hi Paula, thank you, your comments encourage me too
      God bless

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  6. Thank You Lord, for sending Your Spirit to be our guide, comforter, companion, keeper.

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    1. Hi Linda, yes and amen! God is so gracious with us!
      God bless

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  7. Hi Tracy,
    This prophecy is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing your insights and for linking up!
    Blessings,
    Tammy

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    1. Hi Tammy, thank you for coming over and visiting. I appreciate it :)
      God bless

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  8. What a great passage of Scripture! I agree with all three of your points, but number three reminds me that everything in the Old Testament, ultimately, points to Jesus.

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    1. Hi Donna, yes, I agree. I used to be so wary of the Old Testament, now I love it for that very reason.
      God bless

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