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Posted: Thursday 24 August, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Can these bones live?

By: Bertram Charles

    Scripture: Ezekiel 37: Verse 3 

     

    The Spirit of the Lord came upon Ezekiel and took him in the middle of a valley that was full of bones. The bones were very dry; they had lain in the valley for a very long time and were exposed to the elements of the weather. 

    Consequently, the flesh was totally wasted from the bones; the marrow within the bones was dried up. To the mind of Ezekiel, there was no probability of hope of the bones being quickened.

    Those bones are symbolic of the state of the nature of unsaved men and women who are spiritually dead. They have no strength to redeem and regenerate themselves. They are unable to do anything that is spiritually good. They do not serve the Lord or worship Him. 

    Ezekiel was awe-stricken by the sight of the dry bones and God asked him: “CAN THESE BONES LIVE?”

    Ezekiel knew that physically and naturally it was not probable or possible that those bones could revive themselves. He knew that neither he nor any creature could quicken the bones, so he wisely referred the answer to an all-knowing and all-powerful God.

    The conversion of the unsaved is not of themselves, nor of ministers but of God. It is totally and utterly owing to God’s grace and power. (John 1: 12) 

    God instructed Ezekiel to prophesy and to preach to those bones and that they listen to the Word of the Lord. Suddenly, as Ezekiel spoke the Word, there was a rattling noise across the valley.  The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as they had been before. The muscles and flesh formed over the bones but still had no breath in them. God breathed the breath of life into those dead bodies and they became alive again.  

    After we hear the Word and our bones, sinews, flesh and skin are put together, God will cause breath, the Holy Spirit, to enter and we shall be quickened and shall live.
     
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