Ezekiel 36 [Read]
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The revival of dry bones is one of the most fascinating visions depicted in the Bible. Ezekiel the prophet was set by the spirit in the middle of a valley which was full of bones, very dry bones. The LORD asked the question: “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezek 37:3). Of course not! But that is exactly the condition under which God starts to work his miracles.
Dry bones need the word of God. “Prophesy to these bones” (37:4) is the command of the LORD. The word of the LORD is the instrument God ordains to begin the revival process, just as preaching is God’s ordained means of grace for his people to open their heart. The love of God attracts people toward God’s kingdom, but it’s the eternal word of God which brings people into the kingdom. Only the word of God has the power to revive dry bones, and only the word of God can penetrate the deepest part of a corrupted heart.
Dry bones take time to revive. The process of the revival is gradual. First, the “bones came together, bone to bone” (37:7). Then, “I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them” (37:8). The revival is not instantaneous, but it takes times to build up all the tendons and muscles. God is a God of order, and all things need to be properly arranged and executed, even for a miracle like reviving dry bones.
Dry bones with flesh and skins need the spirit to live. Once again, the prophet is commanded to prophesy to the breath to enter the breathless bodies. “I will put my spirit in you and you will live” (37:14, 36:27). The spirit of the LORD is the key to bring the connected bones to life, and only the spirit of the LORD can enable the revived people to follow God’s decrees and be careful to keep God’s laws (36:27). There is no difference in our walk with the Lord, for apart from him we can do nothing (Jn 15:7).
Finally, the revival of dry bones is for a purpose. “They came to life and stood up on their feet, a vest army”. The revived people are to form an army to go to the battle for their commander and their God, and that’s the sole purpose of reviving these dry bones. May this miracle remind us where we come from and what purpose we serve as a reborn Christian.
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