“Then he said to me, ‘Prophecy to the breath; prophecy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” (Ezekiel 37:9-10)
The Valley of Dry Bones found in Ezekiel 37 is one of the craziest stories in Scripture. The prophet Ezekiel found himself in this valley that was full of bones. God brought the prophet to this valley to show the prophet that the nation of Israel would live again, but only by the word of God. Israel as a nation had turned away from God and they were “dead” because they had turned from the giver of life.
We are like Israel when we turn away from God. We need to be brought from death to life and we need the breath of God to fill us up so that we can be alive again. This is what it means to be born again. When we hear the word of God (the Gospel), believe in Jesus the Savior, then the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us, making us alive. It’s no accident that the word for Spirit and wind are the same word in Hebrew, ruach. This word means either wind or breath. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved…”
To be truly alive, we need the wind or breath of God to breathe His life into us. That only comes through believing in Jesus so that the Holy Spirit (the breath of God) can breathe new life into us so that we are no longer the walking dead, but new creations.
Question: Are you the walking dead or a new creation?
Challenge: Read Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Ephesians 2:1-9.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for your breath of life.
Ryan Reveley, Chapel Leader -- Lowell Spinners