- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 37
The Valley of dry bones.
The vision of dry bones is the continuation of restoration and transformation of Israel that begun chapter 34-36, by describing how God’s spirit creates new life in dead Israel and by explaining what means by whole house of Israel.
The first vision is dry bones set in a valley to where Ezekiel is driven by the Spirit of the Lord. God initiates dry bones to living alive by word. It recalls God’s creation in Genesis in word, “God says let there be ….” “I will” is repeated phrase indicating that God is making dry bones alive, and Ezekiel is prophesying to the bones. There are two stages for the dry bones alive. First, the bones come together, bone to bone. Second, the breath, ruakh, the same breath of God in Genesis 2:7, come into the bones, and the dry bones are living alive. There is inter connection between God’s creation in Genesis and reviving the dry bones in Ezekiel 37, in that God gives life.
The second vision is unified Israel, “whole house of Israel on your own soil.” Two sticks represent unification of the two kingdoms, Israel (Ephraim/Joseph) and Judah, which was divided since 922BC. One king, a new David, will rule a unified kingdom. He will create conditions in which obedience can flourish and a new covenant of peace along with restored creational blessing is renewed. “They will be my people and I will be their God.” (v.23)
“My sanctuary” and “my dwelling place,” anticipate a vision of sanctuary renewal that begins chapters 40.
A restored presence is God’s work alone, through which the nations will acknowledge the Lord’s sovereignty.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?