The valley of dry bones is what stood out to me this week. The conversation between the prophet Ezekiel and the Lord is fascinating to picture.
“Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And will lay sinews upon you, and will causes flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:4-7 ESV)
The nation of Israel had been defeated, but God was telling Ezekiel that He would bring them back.
“Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” (Ezekiel 37:9 ESV)
Their army had been slain but now they were seeing the future of their people being restored.
“Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:12-14 ESV)
God was restoring His people back unto their land and back unto His blessing upon them. Can we see our own journey in this somehow? We were dead in our sins, just as if we were in the grave. But when we chose to trust Him and know that He is the Lord, He put His Spirit in us. He restored His sinful children back to Himself because He loves us and wants to spend eternity with us.
Lord, thank you for the illustration of Israel’s restoration. We are thankful we have seen this prophecy come true in our most recent century. Thank you also for sending Jesus to restore your relationship with us so that we can be with You forevermore.