The Valley of Dry Bones, Part I

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

Ezekiel 37:1-2

I think that “Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones” is one of the most fascinating stories in the entire Bible.  If I could somehow go back in time and be an eyewitness to anything that happened in the Bible, I don’t know what I would pick.  But I do know that this would be on my “short list.”  While I am fascinated by the story itself, I also that that there are many good lessons for us to learn from it.  Lord willing, we will look at several parts of this story this week.

I like the imagery of a “valley which was full of bones.”  Of the bones, Ezekiel says “there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.”  There were many bones in the valley and they were very dry.  Does that sound like our culture today?

There are many people today who are spiritually nothing but dry bones.  There are a number of Christians who are weak and anemic Christians, but they do have life.  How many people all around us have no knowledge of God?  How many people around us don’t even give a thought to the things of God and the things of eternity?  We are truly living in the midst of valley of dry bones. 

But, no matter how bleak things may look around us, we know that, like Ezekiel, God put us here and He put us here for a reason.  To paraphrase, He “set us down in the midst of this valley, which was full of bones.”  God used Ezekiel as the human instrument to make these bones live and He can use us as the human instrument to make some of the dry bones around us live.  God did something great through Ezekiel, and He can do something great through us, too!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    :… But, no matter how bleak things may look around us, we know that, like Ezekiel, God put us here and He put us here for a reason.”

    Amen. Trusting we’ll allow Him to order our steps.

    (Looking forward to part 2 🙂 )

    Blessings,
    ann

    Reply

    • I know I need Him to order my steps – I know that we are here for a definite reason and that God has a job for us to do. I’m praying that He would help me do whatever job that is!

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  2. I’m with Ann! this is exciting and along the lines that I am praying this week. Asking God to show me how to walk in the place that I am. God bless you teacher Ben!

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