More Than Dry Bones

Updated: Feb 24, 2019

From Ezekiel 37.


In the book of Ezekiel, chapter 37, we see God bring his prophet Ezekiel to the middle of a valley to show him a bunch of brittle dead bones laying around. In verse 4, God is telling Ezekiel to prophesy over these bones and bring them to life. Verse 4: Then He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord." Sure enough as Ezekiel spoke over the bones, they started rumbling into form. When the bones came together Ezekiel could see that there was no life in them, the bones had no breath.

Was God possibly making a comparison to people of this earth? Could it be possible that many times we find ourselves just going through the motions in our lives?

We are there physically but are we really alive? God does not call us to be lukewarm Christians, but to let our light shine before others. (Matthew 5:16). We do this by the way we approach our everyday life, by being the hands and feet of Jesus no matter the circumstance.

Without God's Spirit in us we are really dead. Verse 9 in Ezekiel 37 goes on to reveal that. Verse 9: Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath; and breathe on these slain, that they may life."

God told Ezekiel to breathe life into them. Upon doing so the bodies stood up on their feet and lived. This is an image of when Christ comes into our lives. When we feel like there is no hope Jesus breathes new life into us. He will restore our soul and make us a new creation. In these verses we see God use a very interesting way to get that point across.

Remember that YOU are made in the "image of God," a claim which we see many times throughout the Scriptures. But do we ever take time to think about what being made in the image of God actually means? In the times that these verses were written, being "an image of God" would have meant that YOU are a representation of Christ. An image only has worth in relation to the object or person it resembles. So to be made in the "image of God" means that when we identify ourselves as a Christ follower we are a living example or living image of Him.

How you act could be the only representation of Jesus that people in your life see. How you act is how people will think Christians are supposed to act or how all christians act. Are your actions encouraging others to follow Christ or are they holding someone back?

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