Ezekiel - Communication
“The hand of the LORD was upon me,” is Ezekiel’s way of saying that he was taken into a vision by the Spirit. He sees in this valley thousands of skeletal bones, indicating that the bodies had been dead for a long time. The bones had now been reduced and parched by the sun.
God asks, “Can these bones live again?” Ezekiel gives a wise reply: (v 3) “O Lord GOD, you know.” If anyone else asked, the answer would obviously be, “Of course not!” But when the Lord God asks reality changes. Jesus said, “'all things are possible with God” [Mark 10:27]
Now, what is going to be significant is not only what God is about to do, but how he does it. Ezekiel is to prophesy; he is to proclaim the word of the Lord. He is to speak to bones, as though they were able to hear, and indeed, they are commanded to hear the word of the Lord. So Ezekiel follows orders.
Ezekiel prophesies and God’s power goes forth, first to connect the bones and then, step by step, cover them with sinews, then flesh. There is now a valley of bodies but still no life.
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 live.
Verse 10 "So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army."
Who is this army? What does this vision mean?
Verse 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’
Verse 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.
Verse 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.
Verse 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.”
The people of Israel described themselves being in the valley of despair and hopelessness. They believe they have strayed so far away from God there is no longer any hope for them just as there is no hope for those dead bones.
Verse 11 “Our bones are dried up.” We are too far gone. “Our hope is lost.” “We are indeed cut off.” The curse pronounced on us if we broke our vow has come upon us.
These dry bones are the symbol of their condition and ours. We have no power to redeem ourselves. We are like those dried out bones without hope of life. We are right in our assessment of our condition but wrong in understanding God’s purpose for us.
The message: God has not given up on them us even thought our straying has caused great damage. He sent a redeemer to rescue us. He is willing to speak life back into our situation.
Although we have strayed far from God and are now “too far gone” according to our understanding, God has not given up on us.
We are not so hardened by sin or have committed so many grievous sins as to be unredeemable. We may think things are hopeless because we are helpless to fix our problem. But with God it is not impossible to bring life back into us.
There is no sin committed that cannot be cleansed. There are no failures that God cannot help us overcome. We have not gone too far for God to raise us up from the dead.
I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. [John 11:25-26]
Jesus the Ultimate Communicator: Jesus was the greatest storyteller.
We can become communicators by doing what Ezekiel die. God told him what to say and he said it. All we need to do is tell the story of Jesus. Share it with someone and most of all share it with yourself. There is life in that story. There is hope in Jesus.
* “I love to tell the Story”
* “Redeemed, How I love to proclaim it”