1Some time later, I felt the LORD’s power take control of me, and his Spirit carried me to a valley full of bones. 2The LORD showed me all around, and everywhere I looked I saw bones that were dried out. 3He said, “Ezekiel, son of man, can these bones come back to life?”
I replied, “LORD God, only you can answer that.”
4He then told me to say:
Dry bones, listen to what the LORD is saying to you, 5“I, the LORD God, will put breath in you, and once again you will live. 6I will wrap you with muscles and skin and breathe life into you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”
7I did what the LORD said, but before I finished speaking, I heard a rattling noise. The bones were coming together! 8I saw muscles and skin cover the bones, but they had no life in them.
9The LORD said:
Ezekiel, now say to the wind, [a] “The LORD God commands you to blow from every direction and to breathe life into these dead bodies, so they can live again.” 10As soon as I said this, the wind blew among the bodies, and they came back to life! They all stood up, and there were enough to make a large army.
11The LORD said:
Ezekiel, the people of Israel are like dead bones. They complain that they are dried up and that they have no hope for the future. 12So tell them, “I, the LORD God, promise to open your graves and set you free. I will bring you back to Israel, 13and when that happens, you will realize that I am the LORD. 14My Spirit will give you breath, and you will live again. I will bring you home, and you will know that I have kept my promise. I, the LORD, have spoken.”
Ezekiel is transported to a place where things like this happen and are not considered overly exotic or strange. He is not freaked out with this, or the transformation of bones to people. (Although I’m sure his blood-pressure went high for a bit.) Ezekiel looks over this valley of human bones that are beyond the point of decay. In a moment of time there is a reanimation, bones get connected with other bones, and scattered remains become complete corpses.
Ezekiel is obviously astonished. He extrapolates off of what he sees, and it is indeed a complete army, and it is ready to step out to do God’s Will. It is critical to see that there is no apparent effort, no real perspiring by God to energize these bones. God wills it, and its done. No fuss, no muss. It just— happens.
As we consider our own transformation (and it really is that) we can be confident that it presents no great issue to our Lord to bring you life. We view His promises from our personal perspective. But that is all wrong. Often we nullify many good things because of our issues of personal doubt.
Resurrection life is offered to us, if we will just reach out and take it. It’s not rocket science, ‘presto-chango.’ But it is sufficient to put the resurrection into these hard, dry hearts. The track record of the Kingdom of God has a phenomenal growth pattern. (You could grow hair on billiard ball if God enabled it!)
“Your body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God. 11 God raised Jesus from the dead, and if God’s Spirit is living in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. God is the One who raised Christ from the dead, and he will give life through[a] his Spirit that lives in you.”
Romans 8:10-11, NCV
Confidence in His ability is desperately needed in the Church right now. Life in a resurrection sense has to be returned back into our fellowships. People are waiting, in skeletal piles, for God to do something amazing again. So many wait, and we are the Ezekiels. We do not have the power to resurrect anyone. But we do have the power to pray. And we know Jesus’ has the power to raise the dead.