DayBreaks for 11/09/12 – Dry Bones Hear the Word

From the DayBreaks Archive:  DayBreaks for 11/18/02:

Ezekiel 37:1-6 – “1 The hand of the LORD was upon 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, “O 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.’

This is one of my favorite Bible stories.  It has fascinated me since I can first remember.  I can’t imagine the vision that Ezekiel saw, and the power of the moment when the bones began to rattle and move by the power of the Word of God.

Picture it in your own mind, put yourself into Ezekiel’s place.  Can you see the dryness of the bones, the arid emptiness of the valley, blasted by the heat, bleached by the sun…and entire valley full of bones of dead men?  What is God’s message to the bones that were so “very dry”, so very dead?  “Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!”  What would the result be of the bones hearing the Word of the Lord?  Breath would enter into them, and they will come to life!

There are so many lessons that could be drawn from this passage, but the one for today is simply this: dry bones can hear the Word and be brought back to life.  Many times our lives, our souls, can become much like those dry bones.  We are laid low by life, for all intents and purposes, the bones of our existence lay on the valley floor, scorched, bleached and seemingly very dead.  Life crushes, discourages and burdens us.   Like the bones of long ago in the valley of Ezekiel, our dry bones need to “hear the word of the Lord”…and when we do, just like the dry bones from so long ago, we will “come to life”!  All it takes for dry bones to live is to hear the Word of the Lord!  Oh, and don’t miss it: just in case we didn’t catch it the first time, God repeats it a second time: “I will put breath in you, and you will come to life”.  What’s the point of it?  THEN we will know that He is the Lord, THEN He will be exalted, glorified, THEN we will be moved to live like men and women who know and understand His power to transform dry, dull, dead lives into something that can shout His praises and do war with His enemies.

What was the secret for the dry bones in the days of Ezekiel?  No magic potion, no special incantations, no great works to perform – just “hear the Word of the Lord”.  It is the same today.  Are you dry and dead?  Listen to the prophet of God from so long ago: “Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!”  That’s all it takes to give you life again! 

PRAYER: Lord, how desperately we need new life, for the Holy Breath of God to enter into our souls and make our bones rattle and move!  Blow on us, Spirit, and revive our lives again!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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3 thoughts on “DayBreaks for 11/09/12 – Dry Bones Hear the Word

  1. Psalm 32

    King James Version (KJV)

    1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

    2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

    3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

    4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

    5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

    6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

    7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

    8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

    9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

    10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

    11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

    “Bone of my bone, and Flesh of my Flesh,She shall be called Woman”

  2. I believe you really are inspired by God! You always say just what I need to hear.

    Have a great day! Laura

    Sent from my iPhone

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