Valley of Dry Bones

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone….11Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Ezekiel 37:7,11 NIV

As I Was Prophesying

I am a little sad. This is the last night of the Bible Reading Marathon for 2022. I can’t fully explain the joy of experiencing reading God’s word aloud in the middle of the night. In the past, I have tried to do the same thing in my home following the readings…it’s just different downtown facing the court house.

Tonight I had the privilege to read through the end of Ezekiel. My friend, Pastor Abb Javine, drove up around 3 am to read with me. We prayed for the courthouse and the church.

The word of the Lord to Ezekiel in chapter 37 was to the Jewish people in exile. They had no hope of ever being able to possess their land again. They were dispersed in every direction. No hope of becoming Israel again. No hope of raising their children in their land. No hope of worshiping God in Jerusalem. No hope. They had been saying among themselves, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone.’ A dry bone is the last stage before turning back to dust…no sign of any life.

It is to these people, Ezekiel is instructed to prophesy. Notice the phrase, as I was prophesying…there was a noise.  Ezekiel was prophesying to people with no hope and no sign of anything being different. He started prophesying while the bones were considered dead. No sign of life from anyone’s perspective, except God’s. To those considering everything dead…Ezekiel is to prophesy. 

God encouraged Ezekiel in his vision in two ways. He heard a sound and he saw something happening with his eyes. He heard the sound first and then noticed it was the dry bones beginning to rattle as they were coming together. He saw muscles and skin begin to clothe the bones. 

Even when the bodies were fully formed, they still had no life. Ezekiel had to prophesy to the winds to send the breath of life into the bodies of bones. The breath of God brought them to life. Ezekiel’s prophesying and God’s working were progressive.

Gleanings from the passage

  • Circumstances of life can bring people to a place of no hope whether it came to pass from their own foolishness or from the hands of others
  • The broken remain in darkness through their own words. Life does not arise while declaring no hope
  • Prophesy God’s word to what it shall be, not what you see at the moment…don’t repeat what the dry bones are declaring
  • Listen and look for God’s involvement while you prophesy…may God give you eyes to see signs of life
  • Prophesying can be incremental. Continue to prophesy God’s word throughout His restoration process.
  • Don’t grow weary in the well doing of your prophesying. Keep speaking God’s word and let Him do the work

Let me give an illustration of this process.  Suppose you have a child who is not walking with the Lord. They have made wrong decisions and people have wronged them. In your heart you have a vision of this child being restored and walking intimately with the Lord.

Like Ezekiel, you humbly approach God and say, “Only you know Lord whether this child can live again.” Now God prompts you to speak to the situation. Begin speaking something like this. “God, I see no signs of spiritual life in my child, but according to your word, ‘I say live! Respond to the words of God and live! May God cause your mind to awaken from its sleep. May God cause your ears to hear the word of the Lord. May God soften your hard heart and make it a heart of flesh to respond to God’s love. May God remove the blinders from Satan off of your eyes, so that you may see the hope of your salvation. May you, my child, become an obedient, loving follower of Jesus.’”

When you hear the noise of dry bones moving…this is not the answer, but the beginning of the answer. Keep prophesying for your child. Perhaps, they might mention a spiritual thought…rattling. Keep prophesying for the breath of the Spirit to come to their life. God has given you a vision of a restored child so that you may prophesy to those things that are not as though they were.

To prophesy is to speak what God is saying…what is He saying about the hopeless situations which you see in your sphere of influence? Speak what God is saying. Let the life of God come and Hope Arise!

Blessings Love y’all