Posted by: Sarah | April 4, 2010

Ezekiel: Dry Bones

Lately, I’ve been reading through Ezekiel.  Kind of a strange book to be reading through, but a few weeks ago I heard a sermon from Daniel and since then have been eager to spend time reading some of the Old Testament prophets.

One passage that has been particularly meaningful to me is the story of the valley of dry bones, found in Ezekiel 37: 

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

Now, if I was the one having this vision, I probably would have answered with something spiritual like, “Sure, Lord, with you all things are possible!”  Or maybe my practical side would have come out in an answer such as, “Well, I suppose, but it’s not very likely.”

Ezekiel’s answer?  “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know” (verse 3).

I love how he doesn’t even try to answer.  It’s as if he realizes that in answering such a question, man’s wisdom is nowhere near adequate.  I think it shows a lot of faith, and a deep understanding of who God is.  It’s a good reminder to me that I am not the one in control; only God knows what will happen.

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  1. Love it. I, too, am reading through Ezekiel and this has been a passage of particular interest to me. Go to iTunes and look up the band “Gungor”. You’ll find a song called “Dry Bones” which talks about this passage. Enjoy! 🙂


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