Dem Bones

Dem Bones

Dem Bones

“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. 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. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Ezekiel 37:1-3 NIV

This is one of the most famous passages in Ezekiel which has inspired numerous Sunday school lessons, songs, and preaching. Speaking of preaching, this is one of my favorite sermons preached by my dad.

Who was Ezekiel? His name means “strengthened by God,” he grew up in Jerusalem, where he trained to be a priest in the temple. He was among the second group of captives taken to Babylon around 597 BC. While in Babylon he became a prophet of God; he is the author of the Old Testament book that bears his name. His vision of the valley of dry bones, pictures new life being breathed into the nation. That prophecy will be ultimately fulfilled in the reign of Christ on earth.

The scripture says that the hand of the lord was on Ezekiel, and the Lord brought him out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley, it was full of bones. Ezekiel said he saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, and they were very dry.

Friends, it’s something about those instructions that God gives to Ezekiel, as he is told to prophesy over those bones. It reminds me, that our God is always in teaching mode with purposeful intent. God speaks to those bones saying, “I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 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.

Can these bones live again friends? In peace and not pieces, in health and not sickness, with joy and not sorrow, looking ahead instead of behind, and order out of chaos. Can these bones live again? Breathe on us Lord, breathe into us. Amen.

Remember friends, we are each other’s keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.

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