The Valley of Dry Bones, Part III

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?  And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Ezekiel 37:3-4

Yesterday, we looked at verse three and Ezekiel’s response to God’s interesting question.  Ezekiel saw only a valley full of very dry bones.  He couldn’t see what God saw.  Ezekiel didn’t know if the bones could live or not, but he knew that God did know whether or not they could live.  We can understand that the Lord knows things we don’t know.  But verse four goes even farther into the realm of the unbelievable.  (at least, unbelievable for our human understanding)

In verse four, God told Ezekiel to “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.”  Ezekiel is supposed to preach to these dry bones and he is supposed to tell them to “hear the word of the LORD.”  I’m no doctor, but I do know that dry bones can’t hear.  They can’t “hear the word of the LORD.”  They are dead, dry bones.  You can take a skeleton and preach to it all you want, and it’s still going to be a skeleton.  This is one of the reasons I like Ezekiel – he doesn’t even hesitate.  God says to preach to the dry bones, so Ezekiel preaches to the dry bones.

This story may seem incredible at first, but, when you stop to think about it, this is exactly what we do when tell someone about the Lord.  We are preaching to someone who is described as being spiritually dead.  We are preaching to dry bones.  When we tell someone to listen to Word of God when it says that Jesus Christ went to the cross to die for them and to save them from their sin, we are, just like Ezekiel, telling dry bones to “hear the word of the LORD.”  

Will those dry bones that we speak to live?  Thou knowest.

2 responses to this post.

  1. I might be extra sensitive today, but something about this made me cry. A good cry though. Thank you, Ben. You encourage us today to do like Ezekiel, to believe God and do what He asks . . .no matter how crazy or impossible it seems. Do it. Preach it. Tell it. Share it.
    God bless you as you continue with this verse! Good, good, good!


    • Thank you! I’m glad the Lord used it to touch you. It never ceases to amaze me how Ezekiel never hesitated or questioned anything God said. He just did as he was told and got to witness some incredible things!


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