“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.” Ezekiel 37:1-2
According to verse 11 of this same chapter “…Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost:…,” these bones don’t represent dead people they represent a dry hopeless people. Has anyone noticed how dry and hopeless much of the church is today? God carried Ezekiel to this valley for one reason, not to mock the bones, not to condemn the bones, not to look down his nose at them, not to even try to glue them together; God brought him there because He wanted Him to see the state of Israel. Well, if you noticed the dry state of the church, God showed it to you, not for you to mock or condemn, not to look down your nose at them but to share His burden to see His church revived again. If that be you then He wants you to do something about it. First take a big long drink of Living Water so there is no dryness in you. Then “Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.” (vs. 4). Don’t give them a song and dance; don’t give them a little pep talk or motivational speech; don’t give them a program to suit their need, but look those dry bones right in the face and say “hear the word of the Lord.” Yes it is preaching that brings those bones back to life. “So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” By the way, that exceeding great army is today’s exceeding great church, the body of Christ. Hallelujah!