Ezekiel 37:1-10 –The vision of the valley of dry bones
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
God goes on to explain to Ezekiel that this vision is a representation of the hope of God’s people, Israel. Their hope was beyond dead - it was completely dried up. Their hope was stolen and destroyed by time and logic. Even in the long, dark, and seemingly impossible situation, God can revive our hope. The Holy Spirit can bring our hope ALIVE.
“…they were very dry.”
It can take anywhere from 8-40 years for bones to dry up and become brittle. Time has a slow and deceitful way of making us think that a situation or relationship will never change. That there is no hope to recover or rebuild because of how much time has passed. The lie that time has somehow solidified our life, relationships, and situations. God is not done, even in the situations and relationships that seem hopeless. God offers to revive our hope that has been buried by the weight of time.
God: “Son of man, can these bones live?”
Ezekiel: “O Lord God, You know.”
Israel had allowed their hope to be destroyed by logic because they co
uld not conceive a way out of their situation. Logic is a good thing given to us by God, but it, like many other things, cannot be used exclusively to view God and his movements. If we only see what God can do through the lens of logic we are allowing our hope to be destroyed. God has another plan - He promises to restore our hope. In the moments where we see no other way, God makes a way!
“Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”
God desires to revive our hope with His breathe of life.