In the apple orchards – new leaves, new life. Image credit: Ian Greig

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 again

God has Ezekiel participate in a dramatic picture of hope

Ezekiel 37:6 [God said:] “I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’ ”
9-10 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and SAY to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”
So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath entered them…

What’s the message for us today?

This was a vision, but it was as real to Ezekiel as an action he was involved in — like when we watch a film on the big screen and become part of the action ourselves.

To put ourselves in his shoes, he was a prophet who worshipped and listened to God, remaining faithful while in exile, enduring a foreign land and hostile culture. He could see no apparent prospect of return. The holy nation of Israel, dedicated to God, was finished.
Then God showed him a vision that completely overturned that sense of failure and finality – with hope.

And Ezekiel is the one used in the vision to bring that hope, that new life: “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”
What can we learn from the vision?

God’s enduring purpose is bringing life. He loves us and has provided a way of salvation we can choose, by acknowledging what our efforts cannot achieve and accepting what Christ’s sacrifice achieved for us. At that point, like Ezekiel, we begin to see things beyond ourselves, both the problem and the remedy – and we become part of the solution as proclaimers of God’s spiritual life to our world.

What is the good news here?

What we see and know is social breakdown and godless selfishness – but we are empowered to bring new life. We are empowered to turn back this present pandemic, with its rising death rate, and bring life and health.

God has a vision for his world – and He lets us into to His vision from time to time.

We have God’s word but He needs us to use our words

What’s my take-away from this?

  • How do we use words of faith? What words is God giving us at this time?
  • There’s a picture that is being shown on our news media of a world in fear and confusion; and there’s another picture, another scenario, that is heaven’s intention. Which are we studying?
  • Are we ready to partner God and to do in faith exactly what He would have us do, like Ezekiel?
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