We come to the third part of our “Those Bones Can Live” devotion series.
In the last devotion we considered Ezekiel’s vision, and how He had spoken the Word. Those dead dry bones connected to one another through the spoken Word. However, there was still no life, was there.
“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 from the four winds, O breath, 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.”
When this wind/breathe (“ruach” in Hebrew or “pneuma” in Greek) of God’s Spirit entered these bodies - “they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.”
Friend, if you recall in the Genesis account of Creation, a similar thing happened. In Genesis 2 we read:
“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground…”
The form/shape was there, but man was not alive…what happened next…
“…and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The Spirit brings life!
When the wind/the breathe/the Spirit of God filled the bodies in Ezekiel’s vision – “they stood up on their feet – a vast army” – HOPE RESTORED!
Here’s one more interesting thought before I pen off.
- Who was this situation of death and dryness pertaining to in Ezekiel’s vision?
- Whose bones were those?
The answer is given in v11: “These bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’”
In other words, in this situation, it was not the heathen/the non-believers. In this case, dryness and death was to be find in the midst of God’s children. The church as a whole will never die, God will see to that. But I wonder are there areas; are there patches; valleys perhaps where dry bones exist; where hope is gone?
Dear Reader, in your own life are you operating from a point of abundance, or from a point of drought? Is your tank full, or are you running on empty?
I’m not going to single areas out in this writing. You know where things are at in your walk with God. You know where the dry bones are that need breathing upon by the Spirit of God. Will you present them to Him right now; allow him to breathe afresh upon you?
God’s promise to those dead situations:
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. ’”
Can these bones live again? The answer this morning is “Yes they can!”
He has spoken
He has done it.
Breathe upon me Spirit of God
Refresh, revive, renew
Make the dead bones of hope alive again
As I ever keep my eyes fixed on You