CAN THESE BONES LIVE ?
Ezek. 37:1-3 ¶ The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
Ezekiel was an incredible prophet that lived during the Jewish exile in Babylon. Some of his visions were quite dramatic. In this particular vision, Ezekiel was caught up in the visions of God and taken to a valley of dry bones. This vision is an incredible picture of several spiritual realities that are happening all around us as well as things soon to come. Matthew Henry, in his commentary, explains what he saw as a threefold application of this vision from the Lord.
“Whether it be a confirmation or no, it is without doubt a most lively representation of a threefold resurrection, besides that which it is primarily intended to be the sign of. (1.) The resurrection of souls from the death of sin to the life or righteousness, to a holy, heavenly, spiritual, and divine life, by the power of divine grace going along with the word of Christ, John v. 24, 25. (2.) The resurrection of the gospel church, or any part of it, from an afflicted persecuted state, especially under the yoke of the New-Testament Babylon, to liberty and peace. (3.) The resurrection of the body at the great day, especially the bodies of believers that shall rise to life eternal.”
Wow! What an amazing prophesy. Ezekiel saw mankind from God’s perspective. He saw them as dead men. All around us every day, we are surrounded by the dead. People wandering through life, trying to actually have a life when, in reality, they are skeletons. We are all dead in our sins until the breath of God is breathed into our lungs and we become alive. This is what Ezekiel saw in his vision. The moment Christ comes into our life, we are born again. We are no longer dead men, like skeletons wandering through life. We have come alive, alive with the life of God. As a result, we become part of God’s resurrected army, filled with the life of God, fulfilling our role in the church of God. Young and old, rich and poor, black and white, one holy race resurrected from the dead. We have been raised to life to glorify God together as His living church. That leads us to the final meaning of Ezekiel’s vision, the resurrection of our physical bodies. That is our hope and one of God’s greatest mysteries. When Christ returns our bodies will be made like His. As Dick Mills always says, “in an atomic instant” we shall all be changed. We will put off mortality and put on our glorified bodies that will last forever and ever.
Today we all live in the “Valley of Dry Bones”. We are surrounded by death, skeletons are everywhere, pretending that they are actually alive. What is the Lord saying today, the same thing He said to Ezekiel, “Prophesy to these bones son of man. Prophesy to the breath”. Before you know it, you will be caught up in the resurrection flow of revival.