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Week 32 Day 4
Ezekiel feels the powerful presence of the Lord the hand of the Lord is upon him bringing him out and setting him down
and then what is revealed to Ezekiel is powerful too--overwhelmingly so he found himself in a valley of dry bones symbols of finality utter desolation
but the powerful presence of the Lord helped Ezekiel and helps us to see beyond what is to the promise God has for us
the dry bones are like those experiences from which we think we can never recover but God gives life again and God brings a resurrection and God breathes a new spirit into us
can dry bones live again you bet they can when touched by the hand and spirit of God they sing and dance they praise and serve they move like a mighty army
God does that
A STONE HEART AND DRY BONES Is there a cure for someone with this diagnosis?
Ezekiel 36 & 37
23"I will sanctify My great name, and the nations shall know
that I am the Lord, when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
24For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out
of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
25"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be
clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all
your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit
within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and
give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you
and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep my
judgments and do them. 31You will remember your evil ways,
and loathe yourselves."
1The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out
in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the
valley; and it was full of bones. 2Behold, there were very
many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry.
3He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So
I answered, "O Lord God, You know."
4Again He said, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them,
'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5Thus says the Lord
God to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter you,
and you shall live. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh
upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you
shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord."'"
7As I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling;
the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 Indeed, as I looked,
the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and skin covered
them over; but there was no breath in them.
9He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath and say, 'Thus
says the Lord God: "Come from the four winds, O breath,
and breathe on these slain, that they may live."'" 10As I
prophesied breath came into them, and they lived, and stood
upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the
whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry,
our hope is lost!' 12Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the
Lord God: "You shall know that I am the Lord, when I have
brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in
you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land.
I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it."'" This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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