“Can These Bones Live?”

“Can these bones live?”
(Ezekiel 37:3)

This was an impossible situation which met Ezekiel’s eye. A valley filled with bones, and the bones were “very dry,” destitute of life. And Ezekiel was to realize that this was a picture of the Israel of God. If ever there was a setting forth of impossibility, it was this.

“Can these dry bones live?” The prophet did not answer with the obvious “No” but, realizing the greatness of God, replied, “O LORD God, Thou knowest.”

And then a miracle took place. Ezekiel had to prophesy to the bones and to prophesy to the wind (in other words: preach, but cry to the Holy Ghost that the word might be a life-giving word). Then the dry bones stood up an exceeding great army.

God is still the same – His mercy, His power. If it be His holy will, He can still make the dry bones live. Is not this our language: “Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts” (Ezekiel 37:11)?

What a mercy if the LORD should say, “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves.” (Ezekiel 37:12)

“The power of His resurrection.” (Philippians 3:10)

B.A. Ramsbottom

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