5 Things We Can Learn From Dry Bones—Ezekiel 37:3

Today’s Scripture Reading; Ezekiel 37:1 through Ezekiel 39:29; Ezekiel 32:1-16

God asked Ezekiel:

Son of Man, can these bones becoming living people again?

Ezekiel had three possible answers:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Maybe

Ezekiel said “no” to all three and answered with a statement of faith:

O Sovereign Lord, you alone know the answer to that.

If that was a faith checkup, Ezekiel passed.

The Lord told Ezekiel that the dry bones represented the people of Israel who had lost all hope of going back to their homeland.  The Lord said He was going to open the graves of exile and cause them to rise again and bring them back to the land of Israel. The Lord was going to put His Spirit in the Israelites so they would live again and return to their own land. (Ezekiel 37:11-14, my paraphrase)

It’s easy for us to zoom past this and not grasp the life of hopelessness the Israelites were living through.  They needed a miracle and had lost all hope of getting one.

What are you facing today that looks hopeless from a natural standpoint?

  • Physical challenges and illness
  • Relationship worries
  • Financial Distress
  • Job loss
  • Overwhelming grief
  • Spiritual Dryness
  • Emotional  weariness

Does it look as hopeless as the possibility of old, dry bones coming together and growing muscle and flesh and then living again ? Ezekiel 37:4-9

When you’re facing a seemingly hopeless situation do you ever struggle with knowing what to believe, how to feel, and what to speak?

Ezekiel’s answer to God’s question (Ezekiel 37:3), gives us some guidance for getting through “seemingly” hopeless times.

1.         It’s okay to not have an answer

2.         It’s okay to voice the impossibility of the situation to your God

3.         It’s okay to release the responsibility of the outcome to the Lord

4.         Reliance on God’s sovereignty gives peace in the worst of situations

5.         God knows the answer to every situation

Why would God tell Ezekiel all of this?  What was the purpose of the bone prophesy?

When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken! Ezekiel 37:13-14 (emphasis mine)

Why do we need to read the complicated book of Ezekiel?  Why do we need to make every effort to understand prophesy?

So that when this happens…

we will know that the Lord is God!

Friends I’m very grateful to Ezekiel for keeping it real.  There are things we know and there are many things we don’t know.  All we really need to know is that our God is the Sovereign Lord of our lives   The more we know Him, the less we are bothered by the big questions in life.  It’s okay to say “I don’t know, but He knows.”

Heavenly Father, help us to grow each day in the knowledge that you are the Sovereign Lord of our lives and you can be trusted!  Longing to know You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 32:17 through Ezekiel 33:20; Jeremiah 52:28-30, Psalm 137; 1 Chronicles 4:24 through 1 Chronicles 5:17

4 Responses to “5 Things We Can Learn From Dry Bones—Ezekiel 37:3”

  1. Annette August 31, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I have been to the valley of the dry bones a time or two in my life. I recall being 19 or so, and in relationship issue-again!, and although my walk at the time was sporadic at best, I did find myself praying a lot!!! So, today, I was reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:13-16 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”

    • The Journey led by Dianne Guthmuller August 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

      Great Word! Enjoy your day off!

  2. Sherrilee Lewis September 1, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Good word Di!

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