Speak to those Bones!
Scripture reading for August 27th: Ezekiel 37-39
God used His word to create the world out of nothing. He tells us that our words have the power of life or death! In today’s reading, God showed Ezekiel a valley full of very dry human bones. God asked Ezekiel if he thought the scattered and dry human bones could live again. Ezekiel cautiously answered: “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezekiel 37:3) With God, all things are possible and Ezekiel made room for every possibility.
The Lord then spoke to Ezekiel: “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 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.'” (Ezekiel 37:4-6) When Ezekiel spoke, there was a noise and rattling sound as the bones came together. Then the tendons and flesh appeared and finally the skin covered them. He spoke next to the four winds to come and enter the slain. These newly formed bodies came to life and stood up on their feet, a mighty army.
God’s message of hope and restoration was given to the people who were scattered in foreign lands because of their sins and the judgment of God. God was showing His ability and plan to restore them. It would be according to God’s powerful Word and the power of the Holy Spirit that it would be accomplished.
We can also see the fulfillment of God’s promise as it took place in history past. God restored his people to the land and the temple was rebuilt. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, came to that temple and offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin to totally restore all of humanity. He sent the Holy Spirit as a wind from heaven to bring new spiritual life to His dead people. One day we will have a resurrection body when Christ returns! Life and death are in the power of our tongue! When we confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we are saved! (Romans 10:9-10) What an awesome God we serve!