There is no recording of this message. Though this chapter does not directly prove the resurrection of the dead, it does so indirectly; for it takes for granted the future fact as one recognized by believing Jews, and so made the image of their national restoration (so Isaiah 25:8 , 26:19 , Daniel 12:2 , Hosea 6:2 , 13:14 ; compare Note. This can be seen from the records of the New Testament. 1. On the other hand, Israel who by Ezekiel’s time had become so despised that her enemies did not even bother to bury her slain (Jeremiah 8:1-2) was likened to a valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37). … This practice was continued in the New Testament with Jesus’ raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44). 3 Abraham Heschel, The Prophets (New York: HarperCollins, 2001), 570. God ’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. Ezekiel was commended to pray – to boldly prophesy to the Spirit – calling on the Spirit to come upon those upon whom the word of God has worked. He appointed Ezekiel as watchman over the House of Israel to warn that if they did not repent and turn back to God He would execute the final stage of his judgement on them. Most scholars say that only a handful of Old Testament passages even hint at such a concept and that resurrection is mostly a New Testament doctrine. . the valley--probably that by the Chebar ( Ezekiel 3:22 ). (It is used 10 x in this chapter—37: 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14.) ), making them one nation with one king (37:21-22). The difference is that Adam was new life, while the bones in Ezekiel were brought back to life. There is no recording of this message. Kugler, Gili, The Cruel Theology of Ezekiel 20; External links. God used the prophet Ezekiel in a powerful way. 1. carried . Lamentations 37:1 - 14 OPEN. Christ makes the same principle the ground on which the literal resurrection rests. “A Message of Hope” Ezekiel 37:1-14 Are you on pins and needles with everything that is going on in this world? Salem Media Group. Purpose of Writing: Ezekiel ministered to his generation who were both exceedingly sinful and thoroughly hopeless. 38 Like the milling flocks of sheep brought for sacrifices in Jerusalem during the appointed feasts, the ruined cities will be filled with flocks of people. God wants to deliver us from so much! To those who do, their lifeless bones will be given life, the very breath of God ( 37:1–14 ). Jehovah told his prophet Ezekiel to write on two sticks. . God grabbed me. God had transferred the birthright from Reuben (for dishonoring his father's bed) to Joseph, whose representative, Ephraim, though the younger, was made ( Genesis 48:19 , 1 Chronicles 5:1 ). • The message for chapter 36 is that God promises to restore Israel after their horrible living conditions. It is also one of the most positive, optimistic lessons in this series. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. Actually, the first few verses of the Book of Isaiah provide a concise overview of the Book of Ezekiel! Right after the first introductory verse, the Book of Isaiah begins with God’s lament about His people not knowing Him: Hear, O heavens! THE VISION OF DRY BONES REVIVIFIED, SYMBOLIZING ISRAEL'S DEATH AND RESURRECTION. Ezekiel 37:10, NLT: "So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. EZEKIEL’S MESSAGE. The Dry Bones Live - The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it … Ezekiel was sent by God to give a message to the children of Israel. God ’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. In communal laments, the people poured out their pain in … Toward the end of the oracle in Ezekiel 37:1-14, we hear the words of lament of the deported people: “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off … They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ SO WE KEEP PRAYING! But God promised to raise Israel from their graves (37:12-14). I . Just as God gave Adam breath for life in Genesis 2, so He also gave the dead bones breath for life in Ezekiel 37. ( John 5:25-29 ). God asked Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel responded, “O Lord GOD, you know” (37:3). Ezekiel 36 Ezekiel 38 Chapter 37. This is because it would be unusual, if not unheard of, for such an important New Testament concept to have no basis in the Old Testament. The Message of Ezekiel: A New Heart and a New Spirit (ed. Ezekiel 37 is a famous passage that records Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones. ( Ezekiel 36:25 ). The Resurrection of a People (Ezekiel 37:1-14) Barton Stone, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Cain Ridge, Kentucky, hearing what success camp meetings were having planned a camp meeting at Cain Ridge for the first weekend of August, 1801. They all came to life and stood up on their feet--a great army." 11. Because he spoke to a people whom God had exiled due to their continued rebellion against Him, a majority of Ezekiel’s message communicates judgment for sins committed (1:1–32:32). i. The Spirit unified these people in Christ at Pentecost in Acts 2. Before, the bones were in the open plain ( Ezekiel 37:1 Ezekiel 37:2 ); now, in the graves, that is, some of the Jews were in the graves of actual captivity, others at large but dispersed. Ezekiel 37 . Yet our message is two-pronged: not only does God reign in might and justice and judgment-to-come, he also invites into his goodness any who will bow their knee to him (Ezek. God goes to also say that he remembers their sins and evils, but also goes onto say he will pardon and provide sanctification. . The present thesis attempts to examine what is the message of hope which Ezekiel presents to the despairing people of Israel when the nation collapsed and the people were being exiled, and to demonstrate the basis of his message of hope, and its relation to earlier expressions of … 18. from the four winds--implying that Israel is to be gathered from the four quarters of the .earth ( Isaiah 43:5 Isaiah 43:6 , Jeremiah 31:8 ), even as they were "scattered into all the winds" ( Ezekiel 5:10 , 12:14 , 17:21 ; compare Revelation 7:1 Revelation 7:4 ). The bones that are raised to life are then described as “an exceedingly great army” (37:10). On the other hand, Israel who by Ezekiel’s time had become so despised that her enemies did not even bother to bury her slain (Jeremiah 8:1-2) was likened to a valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37). 3 And he said to me, "Son of man, can … (1) The new awakening of the people, the resurrection of the dead ( Ezekiel 37:1-14). The future bodily resurrection promised in Scripture is one in which God’s people will receive glorified bodies that will never die (1 Corinthians 15:42-49). Yahweh brought Ezekiel out in His Spirit to a valley of dry bones (37:1). Date of Writing: The Book of Ezekiel was likely written between 593 and 565 B.C. ... 4 He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones: ‘Dry bones, listen to the Message of God! The nation of Israel is DEAD. ... "The range of material in Ezekiel 34-37 can be appreciated when we see what God promises in those chapters. Herbermann, Charles, ed. But God recorded it to be an end-time warning to the nations descended from those lost tribes today. Answer: Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Ezekiel 37:1–14) came to him after God had directed him to prophesy the rebirth of Israel in chapter 36. Rather than a simple "Of course not", he says, "Sovereign Lord, only you can answer that." . This vision is about more than just a return to the land, as there was a Spiritual component to the “life” of which God spoke. It’s a message for today. There is almost certainly a double meaning here, referring to both “breath” and God’s “Spirit.” The Hebrew word ר֖וּחַ (ruakh) can mean “breath,” “wind,” “spirit,” or “Spirit” depending on the context. Prophesy--Proclaim God's quickening word to them. Ezekiel 5:12; 6:12. There is no Breath of Life. Elijah raised a widow’s son (1 Kings 17:17-24), Elisha raised the Shunammite’s son (2 Kings 4:18-37), and a man who touched Elisha’s bones was revived (2 Kings 13:20-21). Ezekiel is a wild book of the Bible, full of powerful visions and dramatic choices. 22. one nation--( Isaiah 11:13 , Jeremiah 3:18 , Hosea 1:11 ). For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim--Ephraim's posterity took the lead, not only of the other descendants of Joseph (compare Ezekiel 37:19 ), but of the ten tribes of Israel. (1-3) The valley of bones. Ezekiel: The Prophet and his Message. There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun. Or is God using the language of resurrection in order to also communicate a future bodily resurrection? This is what Jesus received at His resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10), and it is what His followers will receive at His return (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). August 2017; HTS Teologiese Studies / … The Spirit that caused Israel to be obedient to God's law is the same Spirit that would bring Israel back into the Promised Land. This is an experience far above that of common man. This is made clear in Acts 2:5—“Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.”. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (36:26-27). Ezekiel’s prophecy began a mere five years into his time at Tel-abib (Ezekiel 1:2), and he continued to prophesy among the people for at least twenty-two years (29:17). For the Lord has spoken: I reared … 1-2 God grabbed me. Book of Ezekiel Summary The Short Story. God does not explain the symbolical prophecy until the Jews have been stimulated by the type to consult the prophet. Listen, O earth! Ezekiel was told to prophesy the following to the bones: “O dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh . Apathy, oppression, fear, anxiety, blindness, hopelessness, bad attitudes, and countless other things. God said, “I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people” (37:12). For it is distinct from "the four winds" from which it is summoned. THE VISION OF DRY BONES REVIVIFIED, SYMBOLIZING ISRAEL'S DEATH AND RESURRECTION. Jehovah gave Ezekiel a message of hope promising the unification of the nation of Israel after its being restored to the Promised Land. Ezekiel 37:1-10 contain the vision, and Ezekiel 37:11-14 give the interpretation. them--the "stick of Joseph," would strictly require "it"; but Ezekiel expresses the sense, namely, the ten tribes who were subject to it. Besides the Spiritual component of Ezekiel 37, there is also a hint of a future bodily resurrection. The Ezekiel's in Babylon, having been exiled there after the first siege of Judah by the Babylonians. This may imply that Israel hereafter, as at the restoration from Babylon was the case in part, shall return to Judea unconverted at first ( Zechariah 13:8 Zechariah 13:9 ). The vision of ‘Dry Bones’ in Ezekiel 37:1–28: Resonating Ezekiel’s message as the African prophet of hope . The vision of the revitalization of the dry bones in 37:1–14 promised the … out of . . After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up (Hosea 6:1-2). I, God, said so, and I'll do it. 4. The first part of the chapter (Ezekiel 37:1-14) employs the vision of the valley of dry bones to teach the return of captive Israel to Palestine, an event which is appropriately illustrated here as a whole army which had been slain with their bones left to bleach in the sun, being suddenly raised to full life and strength! The message had immediate relevance in Ezekiel’s day, and it has an urgent message of warning for us in the end time. This is an experience far above that of common man. However, like all … Christopher J. H. Wright masterfully opens our eyes to see and understand the message of Ezekiel. He can--and because He can--He will--He must [FAIRBAIRN]. However, if one believes in the inspiration of the Old and New Testaments, as well as their continuity, then it should be presumed that the Old Testament teaches a future bodily resurrection. Ezekiel was a captive himself—he could not take the message to them then. A dead nation restored to life. Judah, and . The vision of ‘Dry Bones’ in Ezekiel 37:1–28: Resonating Ezekiel’s message as the African prophet of hope August 2017 HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 73(3) Ezekiel 37. That message also foretells the unification of God’s people that started to take place during the last days. The message of restoration reached a climax through the oracles of hope in 33:1– 34:24. Sermon Series: Parables Message 2 of 4: The Valley of Dry Bones Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Notes from a message offered Sunday, 8/4/19 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota Florida. Using the reality of the resurrection, the Lord shows Israel, whose members are scattered like the bones of a dismembered body, that he will reconstitute them into a living entity, just as he will reconstitute bones of dismembered bodies into living bodies. Even concepts like the Trinity or God’s salvation of the nations, which are thought to be primarily New Testament doctrines, have their foundation in the Old Testament. Compare as to God's renovation of the earth and all its creatures hereafter by His breath, Psalms 104:30 . Israel was given a message of hope in their time of punishment and captivity specifically through the allegory of the valley of dry bones. Question: "What is the meaning of the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37?" 12. my people--in antithesis to "for our parts" ( Ezekiel 37:11 ). This can be seen in Ezekiel 37:1-14. Israel was given a message of hope in their time of punishment and captivity specifically through the allegory of the valley of dry bones. . The phrase “Spirit of the LORD,” also found in Ezekiel 37:1, is commonly used in the Hebrew Scriptures to signify “spiritual enablement to receive prophetic messages or visions.”5 2 See Ez 24:16ff. “The second action was tantamount to praying, as Ezekiel besought the Spirit of God to effect the miracle of re-creation, to breathe into man’s nostrils the breath of life (cf. The Book of Ezekiel is the third of the Latter Prophets in the Tanakh and one of the major prophetic books in the Old Testament, following Isaiah and Jeremiah. 28. “A Message of Hope” Ezekiel 37:1-14. Combined with the chapter's connection to the new covenant, this supports the understanding that Ezekiel 37 also foreshadows a future bodily resurrection. CHAPTER 37. They were resurrected. The Book of Ezekiel is the third of the Latter Prophets in the Tanakh and one of the major prophetic books in the Old Testament, following Isaiah and Jeremiah. ( Ezekiel 36:23 ). God identified the bones as “the whole house of Israel.” And He knew Israel had lost hope—“Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off’” (37:11). Our bones are dried--( Psalms 141:7 ), explained by "our hope is lost" ( Isaiah 49:14 ); our national state is as hopeless of resuscitation, as marrowless bones are of reanimation. All rights reserved. God made dead bones rise to life, and He did this by giving to the bones His live-giving breath. Author: The Prophet Ezekiel is the author of the book (Ezekiel 1:3). Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they … There is no established response, and … Supporting this understanding of the Old Testament is the fact that the Jews of Jesus’ day, who relied on the Old Testament, believed in a future bodily resurrection. O Death, where are your plagues? Ezekiel lays hold of the metaphor, which had been taken to express the hopeless destruction of Israel’s national existence, and even from it wrings a message … 19. Ezekiel 37:1 - Ezekiel 37:14. Bodily resurrection is the glorious hope of the Christian life, and it is gloriously tucked away throughout the Old Testament. 23. All of this is to say that Ezekiel 37’s allusion to bodily resurrection is consistent with other passages in the Old Testament and their failure to make the concept explicit. You shall live, and you shall knew that I am Yahweh” (37:4-6). This vision took place while Israel was in Babylonian captivity (so sometime between 586 B.C. Ezekiel 37:1 - 12. As the fall of Jerusalem marked an important transition in the life of the Israelites, it also marked an important transition in Ezekiel’s prophecies. All contributed content represents the views of the contributor and does not necessarily represent the views of KnowingScripture.com. The valley represents Mesopotamia, the scene of Israel's sojourn in her state of national deadness. The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Commentary for Ezekiel 37 . 26. covenant of peace--better than the old legal covenant, because an unchangeable covenant of grace ( Ezekiel 34:25 , Isaiah 55:3 , Jeremiah 32:40 ). Answered 2017-01-12 19:30:37. The vision of resurrection in Ezekiel 37:1-14 is thus followed by an expansive metaphor in 37:15-28 that finds fulfillment in the new covenant. Furthermore, Ezekiel 37:24-25 speaks of David being king over Israel, a reference to Christ who comes from the Davidic line (Matthew 1:6; Romans 1:3). There were bones all over the plain—dry bones, bleached by the sun. If so, you are not alone, and in many respects, this is a good thing. Embedded in the pattern of the strange, the bizarre and the wonderful is a word that still speaks to God's people today. (15-28)1-14 No created power could restore human bones to life. However, when understood in its Old Testament context, there is a strong case to be made that Ezekiel 37 foreshadows a future bodily resurrection. Sermon Series: Parables Message 2 of 4: The Valley of Dry Bones Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Notes from a message offered Sunday, 8/4/19 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota Florida. 15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him. Rather than making sense of God out of our circumstances, Ezekiel challenges us to make sense of our circumstances in light of who God is and what God has done. and 538 B.C.). Ezekiel 37:1-14 The Message (MSG) Breath of Life. 4 See Ez 1:3, 3:14, 3:22, 8:1, 33:22, 37:1, and 40:1. He calls them "My people" when receiving them into favor; but "thy people," in addressing His servant, as if He would put them away from Him ( Ezekiel 13:17 , 33:2 , Exodus 32:7 ). God asks him whether they can come back to life. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. . Ezekiel 37:1-28 . But a man dies and is laid low; man breathes his last, and where is he? 37 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. . . It is worthy of note that the Apostle Paul referenced Genesis 2:7 in his most famous treatise on the future bodily resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:45—“Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”, Resurrection as a Metaphor for Israel’s Return. A dead nation restored to life. in the spirit--The matters transacted, therefore, were not literal, but in vision. In ch.1-24 he warns about the imminent First Destruction, … And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. and 538 B.C.). Then in Ezekiel 37 God again mentions the indwelling of His Spirit, this time in the context of returning Israel to the land. The weaving thread in Ezekiel chapters 34–48, described as the gospel of hope according to Ezekiel (Block 1998:268), is its restorative hope principle.1 Liberating hope So Ezekiel prophesied “to the breath”—“Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live” (37:9). Ezekiel 37:1 "The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of bones," This is not the same as the prophecies that Ezekiel spoke. The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Most of these references to bodily resurrection in the Old Testament are mere allusions. I will place them--set them in an established position; no longer unsettled as heretofore. There is a connection here with the prior chapter: And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. His prophecies are very attentive to the Temple , the liturgy and the Sabbath. It's also a book of hope. Learn how Ezekiel offers not just a message of judgment, but one of hope in the future Messiah. The church could hold five hundred people, but workers, fearing an oversized crowd, threw up a large tent. If so, you are not alone, and in many respects, this is a good thing. The vision of Ezekiel in chapter 37 of his book is one of the most powerful anywhere in the Old Testament. bones came together--literally, "ye bones came together"; as in Jeremiah 49:11 (Hebrew), "ye widows of thine shall trust in Me." There are four promises here that are all wrapped up together: I will open your graves and raise you from your graves (37:12).And I will bring you into the land of Israel (37:12, 14).And you shall know that I am Yahweh (37:13, 14).And I will put my Spirit within you (37:14). The latter became identified with Judah after the carrying away of the ten tribes, and returned with Judah from Babylon, and so shall be associated with that tribe at the future restoration. The Spirit who gives God's people new hearts (Ezekiel 36:26-27) and returned Israel to the land (Ezekiel 37:14) is the same Spirit who will raise God's people to life at the last day (Romans 8:11). one king--not Zerubbabel, who was not a king either in fact or name, and who ruled over but a few Jews, and that only for a few years; whereas the King here reigns for ever. God knew that they would not heed the warning (Ezekiel 3:7) but was adamant that the warning be delivered. God ’s Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. I will remove them from the scene of their idolatries to dwell in their own land, and to serve idols no more. Ezekiel's vision of the glory of God--its departure and return--is first set within Israel's history and then in the culmination of God's promises in Christ. Its intriguing description of the valley of dry … that the Jews could return to the land (Ezra 1:1-4; 2 Chronicles 35:22-23). He led me around and among them—a lot of bones! (See Jeremiah 31:31, where the new covenant is made with “the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”), The two kingdoms of Israel find unification in Christ, who disciples “all nations” (Matthew 28: 19). This reunification never literally happened, which suggests that it finds a broader fulfillment in the new covenant and the coming of Christ. (Job 14:7–10). Three stages in Israel's revival present themselves to the prophet's eye. 16. stick--alluding to Numbers 17:2 , the tribal rod. Ezekiel 37:1-14. Dry Bones and the Resurrection of the Dead (Ezekiel 37:1-14). The hope that is utterly gone, if looking at themselves, is sure for them in God, because He regards them as His people. . Likewise, Ezekiel’s message is not much different from his predecessor the prophet Isaiah. The union of Judah and Israel under King Messiah symbolizes the union of Jews and Gentiles under Him, partly now, perfectly hereafter ( Ezekiel 37:24 , John 10:16 ). From its pre-eminence "Israel" is attached to it as "companions." Ezekiel’s first vision was of God’s throne and included the four living creatures and whirling wheels. Here are two reasons. Chapter 37 shows Israel being restored physically and spiritually. You will need some white paper to do the exercise in the early part of the discussion. The structure of Ezekiel 37 According to Boadt, ‘Ezekiel is one of the most highly ordered books in the Bible’ (1984:388) with chapter 37 situated in the last order. . Tagged: Resurrection, Regeneration, Old Testament, Prophets. and decreed the following year (538 B.C.) This chapter contains a vision of the resurrection of dry bones, widely known as the vision of the "valley of dry bones", in which Ezekiel at last assures the captives in Babylon … If so, you are not alone, and in many respects, this is a good thing. out of your graves--out of your politically dead state, primarily in Babylon, finally hereafter in all lands (compare Ezekiel 6:8 , Hosea 13:14 ). There were bones all over the plain - dry bones, bleached by the sun. sanctify Israel--set it apart as holy unto Myself and inviolable ( Exodus 19:5 Exodus 19:6 ). children of Israel his companions--that is, Judah and, besides Benjamin and Levi, those who had joined themselves to him of Ephraim, Manasseh, Simeon, Asher, Zebulun, Issachar, as having the temple and lawful priesthood in his borders ( 2 Chronicles 11:12 2 Chronicles 11:13 2 Chronicles 11:16 , 15:9 , 2 Chronicles 30:11 2 Chronicles 30:18 ). Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) / Ezekiel / Ezekiel 37; Share Tweet Save. Spiritually: a man may assume all the semblances of spiritual life, yet have none, and so be dead before God. Second, Ezekiel 37’s allusion to future bodily resurrection is consistent with how other Old Testament passages foretell a future bodily resurrection. 8. This great vision apparently took its form from a despairing saying, which had become a proverb among the exiles, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost: we are clean cut off’ {Ezekiel 37:11}. Ezekiel 37 is one of the most well know chapters in the book of Ezekiel. The Jews regarded the lands of their captivity and dispersion as their "graves"; their restoration was to be as "life from the dead" ( Romans 11:15 ). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The weaving thread in Ezekiel chapters 34–48, described as the gospel of hope according to Ezekiel (Block 1998:268), is its restorative hope principle.1 Liberating hope Ezekiel 37:15-28 New International Version (NIV) One Nation Under One King. The resurrection of the dead bones to life was a metaphor for this. Alec Motyer and Derek Tidball; The Bible Speaks Today; Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press, 2001), 20. dependence on Him alone. Perhaps referring to the decree of Cyrus, or the noise of the Jews' exultation at their deliverance and return. The union effected at the restoration from Babylon embraced but comparatively few of Israel; a future complete fulfilment must therefore be looked for. Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Eschatological Resurrection", in Henk Jan de Jonce and Johannes Tromp (eds), The Book of Ezekiel and its Influence, Burlington, Ashgate, 2007, p. 75.43 44 45 46 And he caused me to pass back and forth and all around them; and behold they were very many on the surface of the valley and behold they were very dry. Skin and flesh covered them, and the wind was then told to blow upon these bodies; and they were restored to life. 27. New York: Doubleday. From the time the Roman’s destroyed Jerusalem until 1948 Israel had no place to call home. In this prior chapter, God promised to give His Spirit in order to cause Israel to be obedient to His law. We will be leaving this section of the Bible after this week. God's Spirit took me up and set me down in the middle of an open plain strewn with bones. with him--that is, Judah; or "it," that is, the stick of Judah. This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet/priest Ezekiel, and is one of the Books of the Prophets. There is nothing in us to give hope, like a withered branch "cut off" from a tree, or a limb from the body. Ezekiel 33:31 "And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness." You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! in the hand of Ephraim--Ephraim, of the descendants of Joseph, had exercised the rule among the ten tribes: that rule, symbolized by the "stick," was now to be withdrawn from him, and to be made one with the other, Judah's rule, in God's hand. So far, they were only cohering in order as unsightly skeletons. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another (Job 19:25-27). 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