Monday, April 3

Ezekiel 37:7-14 (ESV)

So I prophesied as I was commanded.  And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them.  But there was no breath in them.  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.”  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.

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.’  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.  13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.  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.”

Through the prophet, Ezekiel, God has given us insight into His plans for resurrection.  This prophetic message comes to the people of Israel when they had been exiled, and the temple in Jerusalem had been destroyed.  They were destitute.  Yet, just as God had promised Joseph that He would bring the people of Israel out of Egypt to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, so too He promises to Israel in their time of exile to place them in their own land.

And God is faithful to His Word.  Though we are not exiled, when faced with our sinfulness which separates us from our holy God, we may feel so just the same—our bones are dried up, our hope is lost, we are indeed cut off.

But God, in His mercy, breathes life into our dry bones.  He refreshes us and restores us through the blood of Christ shed at Calvary.  And we, as believers in Jesus Christ, have the promise of eternal life.  Jesus has told us, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-25).

We are given new life, new life in Jesus.  God gave His Son and put His Spirit within us so that we may live and have eternal life with Him.  He has spoken.  He has done it.  Jesus is the resurrection and the life!

Faithful Father, we thank You that You are true to Your Word and have given us life through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  You have given us Your Spirit, restored us to Your presence, and filled us with Your hope.  You are the Lord Most High and we praise Your glorious name!  Amen.

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