The Valley of Dry Bones

I’m not sure I’ve ever told you all this on the blog, but my absolute favorite story in the Bible is from Ezekiel 37. The prophet Ezekiel is seeing a vision from God, and this is what he says about it:

1 The 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[a] 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.’”

Y’all every time I read that story my heart starts to flutter and I get so excited I feel like I’m going to hyperventilate. That’s the whole gospel in a nutshell!

What are we, except that valley of dry bones? We have no hope, no excitement, no joy, no peace, no LIFE except that which Jesus, the Son of the Living God, provides. When we understand who we would be without Christ’s redemption, we know that we are DEAD without Him. We are sunk. Hamstrung.

But, oh the sweet joy of having Him as our Redeemer!! He calls the lifeless to abundance. He breathes Himself back into this decaying Body, the very heart of God. He gives that which can’t be taken away. Living Water is He. Come today and drink deep from Him. Know that He is all you need. Call on Him to breathe the breath of LIFE back into your weary, old, dead bones.


Live for Him.

Live with Him.

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