Ezekiel 37 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.
- God has a question for you…“Can these bones live?(v.3)” The awesome thing(amongst many others) about God is He knows everything but still asks questions. So when God asks us a question I believe He is creating space for a choice. Whatever the case is, whenever God asks a question it should throw up a flag for us to pay attention. Ezekiel responded and said what most of us who believe were thinking, “God You know the answer”.
- God wants you to say something…“Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.(v4)” It is important to note that if God wants you to say something it is a Word from the Lord, meaning it will not contradict the everlasting Word i.e. the bible. God sticks true to His Word, so if you believe God is saying to stay in a relationship full of fornication then you probably want to think again. In God’s Word you won’t find support for it if you are rightly dividing the Word(we can definitely find ways to make the Word fit our situation). But back to the point, God wants you to say something that is truth, of great value, and certainly life changing. So say it.
- Something IS going to happen….this is the point where you can take a praise break before the results are even in/before you read on! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Ok I’m back. I’m ready when you are……………………………so! Something IS going to happen! When God speaks, the things in heaven and earth have NO choice but to move! If God speaks and you think nothing happened, just be quiet for a moment and you will soon hear a noise like Ezekiel did! “…there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.(v7)” Woooh!
- There is hope! “[…behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost:(v11)” Sometimes dryness can sneak up on us and other times we walk right into dryness. However it came about it definitely feels like our hope is lost! Although we know the end to the story….that we win and all things work together for our good…we still lose hope. But just like Israel found out, we too find out that there is hope and God will put His Spirit in us and we will live! “and shall put My Spirit in you, and ye shall live[…](v14)” There is hope in a dry season when all looks past the point of return! Our God can open graves and cause us to come up out(v12)!
- Our God is the Lord! “and ye shall know that I am the Lord,(v13)”…”[…]then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord(v14)”. Need I say more? I don’t think so! But just in case……The moral to the story is our God is the Lord! He can give life to any dry situation in our life because He is Lord! Dryness is not too hard for God, its too easy for Him!
Our challenge is to have an ear that can hear and a heart that is willing to obey.
Dry? Ask God to make the dead bones in your life live. He can do it. No matter where we are and who we are…our God can make life out of dryness.
Deuteronomy 39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
Can I say another thing???
No matter what….God is still God.