Comments on Verses from Prophets

Ezekiel 37:3 “And he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ and I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’”

This conversation takes place in a spiritual visit to the valley of dry bones. There were a lot of bones and the bones were very dry. Obviously, they represented those who had been dead a long time. There was no doubt that these bones represented people who once lived. We notice Ezekiel is hesitant to answer the question as to whether the bones will live again or not. He does not reject the possibility of their coming to life but he certainly doesn’t endorse it either. He has been privy to God’s dealings for some time now and he refuses to be surprised at what can happen. It’s up to you, God, is Ezekiel’s answer. The bones are dead and only God can make them live. Death and life are in God’s hands and Ezekiel is happy to acknowledge that truth.

God answers His own question of course. He has Ezekiel prophesy over the bones and in so doing Ezekiel understands that God will restore Israel. God tells him, these bones are Israel and symbolize God raising them from the grave. This is symbolic of course and is speaking of the coming of the true and lasting kingdom with the new David on the throne.

Task for Today: Keep in mind that while this passage in Ezekiel is all about the coming kingdom and the messiah it does reinforce the idea that the dead will be resurrected. God will bring you to life spiritually through the new birth and literally into the new heaven at the end time. No need to fear death, God can restore life to dry bones. He will come and take you home from the grave even if your bones have turned to dust.

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