Week 30 Can These Bones Live?
Today’s Text: Ezekiel 37-42
Key Text: 37:1
“The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’”
This paragraph from the beginning of the 37th chapter of Ezekiel is one of my favorite passages of Scripture.
It is fraught with possibility.
The question “Son of man, can these bones live?” is so dramatic, so powerful, and it aches to be answered.
Wisely, Ezekiel does not attempt to answer. He merely says, “Lord, you alone know.”
So God answers his own question.
Yes, the bones will live – the people will live again – by God’s own awesome power and grace.
There is such hope in this dramatic account of the “Valley of Dry Bones.”
It speaks to me of how hopeless situations are anything but hopeless to God.
It calls me to consider how spiritual dryness and death can be turned around and become something alive and vital.
It invites me to cling to the hope, in faith, that truly with God “all things are possible.”
How about you?
What does the image of a valley of dry bones springing to life evoke in your imagination and life?
I hope it is a strong, sure affirmation that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – that God the Father – that God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, above all, is the God of life and hope and re-birth and resurrection.
For in that realization – in that expectant hope – is eternal life itself.