The hand of the Lord was on me and He brought me by His Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley., and they were very dry. Then He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord only You know.” He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I an the Lord.” So I prophesied as I had been commanded. While I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.As I looked, tendons appeared on them, flesh grew, and skin covered them, but there was on breath in them. He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man. Say to it: This is what the Lord God says: breath, come from the four winds and breathe into these slain so that they may live.!” So I prophesied as He commanded me;the breath entered them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, a vast army.
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Look how they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished; we are cut off. Therefore, prophesy and say to them: This that is what the Lord God says: I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them, My people, and lead you into the land of Israel. You will know that I am the Lord, My people, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put My Spirit in you, and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it.”Ezekiel 37:1-14
Wow this depicts utter and complete desolation. The kingdom established by King David has been totally destroyed. All the bones represent a nation scattered by its conquerors, and all the hope of the people destroyed. The question that God asked Ezekiel about Israel was both personal and national. It’s a question for the fate of our nation or any other nation that has lost its moral anchor. It is also a personal question as well. Every christian must ask am I relevant in the ministry that I serve in? Do I have an understanding of culture, and an ability to relate to this world? Can these bones live? Can I be effective in witnessing to the world by my life and my testimony? Can revival come? Has your faith grown cold and meaningless? Are you just going to church because its what you are to do? Can the dying embers of a wounded faith be stirred to flame again? How do you answer the voice that questioned Ezekiel? How do you respond to the hard questions? God can bring revival in the valley of bones and new life back into each and everyone of us and our churches. Our dried-up bones that are just sitting in our churches can live again! What is Gods response to us, he is calling us to wake up to the realities of the Twenty-first century. He is calling leaders and people that are able to take advantage of the opportunities before us and use them for the Glory of God. “ and if My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14