The 37th chapter of Ezekiel (vs. 1-14) provides the story of the valley of dry bones. God shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones and tells Ezekiel to command the bones to live in the name of God. Ezekiel commands the bones, and they rise up and form whole skeletons, and sinew and muscles and flesh cover them, as well. After Ezekiel follows one more command from God, what had been a valley of dry bones became a valley of living, breathing human beings.
God then said to Ezekiel, “these bones are the whole house of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:11). Without a little context, this might sound even stranger than it really is. These events took place after Israel had been overtaken and exiled by its enemies. In exile, the people of Israel felt dead, cut off from God, without hope. Their identity as God’s people was seemingly gone. Through this prophesy, God revealed to those people that they were still God’s people, and God would restore them back to the Promised Land.
As we approach Easter, is there something in your life from which you need to be raised to new life?
So often, we think of resurrection as just being about what happens after we die. However, God revealed through Ezekiel that resurrection isn’t just about what happens after we die; it’s also about new life (meaning a new kind of life, the kind God desires for us) here and now. – Pastor Brad