Back from the Dead

This weekend a little friend of mine showed me his collection of bones found while camping. I’m not sure what kind of bones they were but they had been dry a very long time according to the looks of them. I’m guessing many of them were fish bones, but I have no way to tell. I also can’t get your help because I did not think to snap a picture of them. I can just tell you they were dead and very dry. I can also tell you I wondered what it must have been like to watch that valley of dry bones come alive and grow flesh and tendons on them. I’m not sure how I would have reacted if these little bones had grown flesh on them right in front of my eyes and they were only fish.

Can you even imagine what that must have been like to see? Can you imagine having the faith to speak into that situation and actually believe what you where speaking?

I want that kind of faith for the seemingly impossible! I want the kind of faith that calls dead things to life and then sits back and watches God do his thing. Wouldn’t that be a fun way to live? Wouldn’t it be fun to have enough faith to actually speak when He says to speak and then see it happen right before you eyes? Do you have any dead things you want to see come to life? Let’s call them to life my friends!

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. 2 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. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 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.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

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, breath, from the four winds 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.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 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.’” – Ezekiel 37:1-14

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