Journey to Jerusalem Day 33
Sunday, March 29 Ezekiel 37:1-6
1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause 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.”
Israel – made complacent by wealth and notoriety, and distracted by the hedonistic rituals of their neighbors – willfully deafened themselves to all of the warnings of God’s prophets. It was clear that Israel would not remember its first love. God’s patience had ended. Wielding Babylon as his weapon, God allowed his people to become that which they worshipped—beastly fodder for the fires of their manufactured gods.
Those who remained were the bare bones of a once great nation. But God did not abandon even these. He sent Ezekiel to speak to a despondent nation in their bleakest hour.
And, what was the one thing these bones could do? They could hear! The hour came in this vision, it will come, and it is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live! (John 5:19-29)
Every one of us has fallen away from God the Father in this life, rejecting Living Water for that which is temporary and corrosive. No matter how far you have wandered, or how long you have turned away from him, you are still precious to him.
There is no need to delay turning back to him, and you have no more power than dry bones to earn redemption. All God requires of us to is hear his voice. Hearing is the beginning of faith. Faith is the way to new life.
Lord, in the spaces we have set aside for you this season help us to truly hear your voice. And in hearing, produce in us faith. Rebuild us, layer by meticulous layer, filling us to the brim with your life-giving breath. Amen.