The Valley of Dry Bones, Part VI

So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.  And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Ezekiel 37:7-10

We have seen Ezekiel being taken to the valley of dry bones.  We have seen the question that the Lord asked him about whether the dry bones could live.  We have seen the answer that he gave to that question.  We have seen the Lord command him to preach to those bones.  We have seen the miracle that the Lord performed in brining those bones together.  We have seen that the Lord did everything for these dry bones.  There is only one remaining thing that we haven’t seen. 

At this point in the story (verse 8), the people were standing.  The bones had come together, and the sinews and flesh and skin had come upon them.  There was but one problem remaining: they had no breath, which means they had no life.

In verse 9, the Lord caused the breath of life to enter into them, and they lived.  In the scriptures, the wind is often used as a picture of the Holy Spirit.  That is the case here: we are spiritually dead until, by faith, we receive Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit comes to live in us.  This entire story is a great picture of us and what the Lord has done for us.

Verse 10 ends the story by saying, “…they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.”  If we are alive in Christ, we need to stand up, and join that “exceeding great army.”  Stand up, go forth, and serve Him!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve really loved this study! Great ending to a great verse! God bless you as you live for Him!


  2. I’ll echo what Debbie said… GREAT ending!


  3. Thank you, Ben

    I agree. Great ending to a great series. I enjoyed the journey too.



  4. Thanks to everyone who read and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love this passage and it was such an encouragement to me to go through it verse by verse.


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