“Can These Bones Live?”

On April 2, Pastor Jim preaches on Ezekiel 37:1-6.

Imagine being placed in a valley of broken-up skeletons. From horizon to horizon you see nothing but death and dryness. If a voice asked you, “Can these bones live?”, what would you say? Sounds like a lost cause to me.

Our Catholic sisters and brothers actually claim four “Saints of Impossible Causes”: St. Rita, St. Philomena, St. Gregory, and St. Jude. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Methodist, but sometimes I wish we had saints. The notion of a saint in heaven taking a special interest in my impossible situation does have appeal.

In Ezekiel the word of God is heard by the bones, and in that hearing God speaks to them. Breath enters them and the bones are covered with sinews and flesh, eventually coming to life. And God almost shouts, Samuel Jackson style, “And you will know that I am the Lord.” This is no lightweight God!

The amazing thing is that God needs or at least wants Ezekiel to participate. He tells the prophet to “prophesy to these bones.” Why would God involve a person in such a divine plan? It’s God’s way. How does God want to use you to prophesy?

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