October 1, 2017
Read: Ezekiel 37:1-14
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Scripture- Ezekiel 37:14- I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”
Observations- The prophet Ezekiel had a stirring vision of dry bones coming back to life. which served as an illustration of the way God was going to move among all those who had been exiled from Jerusalem. It was still a vision many years into the future, but it was designed to give the people of God a new hope as they turned back to Him in repentance for forgiveness, mercy, grace, and to grow in the love of God.
Application- The image of dead bones coming to life can serve as a powerful metaphor for us that anticipates and alludes to the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know that new life in these tired, old bones is not only possible, but guaranteed in and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. "It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us." (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)
Prayer- Lord, when my bones feel dead and so tired that I can't remember or imagine what new life and new hope could possibly look like, put me back together again and blow the fresh winds of Your Holy Spirit into my collapsed lungs. Help me know, not guess or wonder, but know that You are with me and for me today. Amen.