Daily D – Ezekiel 37:1-3
Ezekiel 37:1-3 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?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (NIV)
Sometimes the most intelligent thing we can say is, “I don’t know.” Sometimes the wisest thing we can do is defer to who does know. Ezekiel got this right.
God asked a powerful question. Ezekiel’s answer reminds us of two things. First, it reminds us of how God created Adam in Genesis 2:7 (NIV):
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
God took dust and shaped Adam and then put into him the breath of life. God had worked with less than what Ezekiel saw before him and created a living, breathing Adam. He could certainly take those dry bones and bring them to life.
Second, it reminds us only God can take what is dead and give it new life and new purpose. Ezekiel did not pretend to know the mind of God. He deliberately deferred to God’s plan and purpose.
Ezekiel awaited further instruction. Then God used Ezekiel to do what he had done. As God spoke this world into existence (Genesis 1 and 2), so he used Ezekiel to speak life to those bones (verses 4-7).
Another moment of wisdom for Ezekiel is found in verse 7. It begins with this simple sentence of seven words: “So I prophesied as I was commanded.” He did what God said.
To hear and obey God is the most important lesson we will ever learn. It is the most important lesson we will ever teach.
Ezekiel’s obedience had immediate results. We find them in verses 8-10.
I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Where once there was hopeless death, now there was meaningful life (verses 11-13).
What is God asking you today?
What is your response?
How could he use you to bring life?
I will defer to God’s wisdom and power and join him in his work of bringing new life to dry bones.
Our Father, I do not know how you can use me bring new life, but I am in your hands to use as you see fit. Fill my mind with your thoughts. Fill my mouth with your words. Fill my heart with obedience and my hands with your purpose. Use me in whatever manner you see fit to bring meaningful life into reality. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.