Can these Bones Live?

There once was a popular song titled, “Dry Bones” Where the knee bones connected to the leg bone, the leg bones connected to the hip bone, etc. This somewhat comical song is based upon a not so humorous event found in Ezekiel 37. “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and sat me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “0 Lord God, thou knowest. What a sight must have met Ezekiel’s eyes, a huge valley filled with dry bones of an exceeding great army.” (v. 90) Then God told Ezekiel to prophesy upon these bones and the bones gathered together, sinews and flesh were reformed and the wind blew life-giving breath back into them. Now, whether this happened in reality or if it was given to Ezekiel as a vision doesn’t matter, for the lesson of the whole episode is found beginning in verse 11. Though the house of Israel would say that their bones are dry, their hope lost, and they feel cut off from God, He in turn tells them that there is still life to be found if they would return to him. The analogy we can make with mankind today is obvious. Though you may be drowning and overcome in sin, completely cut off from God; though you may feel hopelessness and despair; even if you feel utterly dead to things spiritual, God can make your bones, even bones so dry they are one gust of wind shy of turning into powder, God can make your bones live again. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, 0 my people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land.” (V. 13-14) Out of brokenness and desperation, in the valley of dry bones, comes the cry for mercy and help. “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heaven also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” (Eze 36:25�26) Hope for the hopeless, comfort for the oppressed, life for the dead. Hope, comfort, and life all growing from the seed of exceptionally dry bones.
Can these, my dry bones, live 0 Lord God, thou knowest. And not only do you know it, you can do something about it, but only if I come to you and ask.

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