Dry Bones and Spirit Life


Even when we have our health or we are restored physically, there is still an important part of us which needs attention.  The spiritual essence of our beings will come alive only by the Spirit of God.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit…

1 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. 2 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. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 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.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”
Ezekiel 37:1-14

When God restores our hope and gathers us to himself, it is like a pile of dry old bones being fused back together and raised to life.  It is like the water we need in the dry, worn out land of our deserts (Psalm 63).

Not only is God able to restore flesh and blood, he also promises to put his Spirit in us in such situations so we can live (vs. 14). Even when we are restored physically, there is still an important part of us which needs attention.  The spiritual essence of our beings will come alive only by the Spirit of God.

In Israel’s time, the Spirit of God was granted in specific situations to specific people or for specific times. Prophets had the Spirit as part of their empowering to speak the word of God on his behalf at the Lord’s direction.  In our time, the Spirit is granted to all those who receive Jesus as Saviour and Lord.  The imagery of our experience is actually quite similar to the prophecy of Ezekiel in the time of Israel’s exile.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
John 3:3, 6

24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
John 5:24-25

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:1-5

As we can see, God wants us to understand that before Jesus, we are dead: we are in many ways like the dusty bones. Even if we are alive physically and perhaps if that physical life is going well, we are dead spiritually and we are dead in our transgressions.  The things we do which are off the mark of God’s plan and short of his glory keep us from being alive spiritually.

Yet when we turn to Jesus, as the sacrifice for our sin, we are granted that glorious gift of the Spirit of God, who makes us alive and empowers our life with Jesus.  If you are feeling like you are in a desert of life, are you connected to the Spirit of God? Bring your situation before the Lord and make sure you have life in the Spirit today.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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