The Valley of Dry Bones

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Ezekiel 36:1-38, Ezekiel 37:1-28, Hosea 6:1-3, John 11:23-26

During the Lenten season, we slow down, intentionally withdrawing for the purpose of grounding ourselves in the life of Christ. We remember His sacrifice and His resurrection and what it accomplishes for us. In today’s reading, both Ezekiel and Hosea reference resurrection, and contribute to the Old Testament teaching on this topic. 

The vision in Ezekiel 37 is the third one to occur in Ezekiel. In this third vision, God asks Ezekiel a weighty question: “Can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:3). Or maybe more easily understood to you and me: “Do you believe in resurrection?” This question hints at the exile’s own view of themselves that is later revealed: “our bones are dried up, and our hope has perished; we are cut off” (v.11). Prior to chapter 37, God had promised to give His people a “new heart” and a “new spirit” (Ezkekiel 36:26). But how is a new heart and a new spirit possible when one’s view of oneself is of dry bones with no hope? God answers this question: “I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them, my people, and lead you into the land of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:12). 

Lent often feels long and kind of dark. While we appropriately mourn our sin, we sometimes forget that the best thing about Lent is Easter—the resurrection! What was happening in the valley of dry bones is the same thing that happens to us during Lent—we “come to life” (v.6). In a season where we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, we also give thanks and rejoice over our own.

Do you believe God can breathe new life into you? Into your disappointment, your broken circumstances, your loss or grief? Ezekiel models for us what it means to trust the outcome to God, even when it may seem impossible—“Lord GOD, only you know” (v.3). 

Don’t forget that the best part about Lent is remembering the resurrection to come! God can take anything dead and make it new. We end our reading today with Jesus Christ, the one who invites us to come to life—“the one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live” (John 11:25). The question for you and me today is similar to the question God asked Ezekiel about whether or not these bones could live: “Do you believe this?” (v.26). 

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  1. Rhonda J says:

    Good afternoon She’s!

    I too love the song by Elevation Worship- “Rattle!” Look it up if you have not heard it!
    This reading of Ezekiel was “the good part!” …Finally right?! As I was reading through the first part I started skimming thinking, yeah, yeah..I get it. But do I? At the time they didn’t have the whole old testament which repeats the failure of the people, and God pulling them back again and again which can seem redundant to us sometimes. But until we intently realize that we were/are those people, that everyone is the sinning Isaralites that bring sadness to our Heavenly Father, we will not grasp the huge sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ that redeemed us. The stories matter, the history matters. And we will be a punished people until we are reborn in Christ, and then seek to do His will. We will be more apt to recognize when we sin from that point by the Holy Spirit in us, sanctifying us in His goodness, to repent! It’s a beautiful, wonderful love story. Redeeming Love! Thank you, Lord God!

    @Dorthy- Hope it went well with the situation, many prayers from your sisters. Lifting you all up today to our wonderful King of Kings, Yahweh, that always provides when we call upon Him.

  2. Terri Baldwin says:

    26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:26

  3. Terri Baldwin says:

    “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” I will save you from all your uncleanliness and you will live in the land that I gave your ancestors; you will be my people.

  4. Traci Gendron says:

    Update She did not feel that I needed a root canal. Yay!! Let’s hope that it stays that way.

  5. Rachael Davis says:

    Hi Everyone! I have fallen behind a little more than a week. :( Should I start where we are or go back to where Inleft

  6. Rachael Davis says:

    Hi Everyone! I have fallen behind a little more than a week. :(

  7. Violet says:

    Hosea 6:3 has special meaning for me today. Texas has been consumed by wildfires for about the past two weeks, and we received unexpected rains last night. God is so good! He is the resurrection and the life! He cares for His people and is always willing to answer prayers. Glory to God alone for His wonderful love and blessings!

  8. Traci Gendron says:

    God can breathe new life into us, trust God for this!

    Thank you for your prayers! I told Linda King I was less nervous about donating my kidney. There is something about your mouth and throat. Where we breathe…I have a good dentist. He prays for his patients. All will be good.

    To the single girls I want to caution you not to fall in love with someones potential. Make sure what you are looking for is already in that person. Prayers that God will bless you in His timing.