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These Bones Shall Live
37:1-14 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out
in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which
was full of bones,  And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold,
there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 
And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O
Lord God, thou knowest.  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones,
and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.  Thus saith
the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into
you, and ye shall live:  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring
up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye
shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.  So I prophesied as
I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking,
and the bones came together, bone to his bone.  And when I beheld, lo,
the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above:
but there was no breath in them.  Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto
the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord
God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that
they may live.  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came
into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great
 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of
Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we
are cut off for our parts.  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus
saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause
you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves,
O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,  And shall put my
spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land:
then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith
the Lord. [KJV]
a remarkable Passage of Scripture, an absolutely remarkable prophecy! This
vision illustrates the promise of Ezekiel 36 . . . new life and a nation
restored, both physically and spiritually. The dry bones are a picture of
the Jews in captivity . . . scattered and dead.
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord was
upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in
the midst of the valley which was full of bones, [KJV]
Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, I believe God literally moves
Ezekiel. When Ezekiel says that He “carried me out in the spirit
of the Lord,” he is saying that the Spirit of the Lord carried
him out to the valley which was full of bones.
37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold,
there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
which Ezekiel saw was filled with dead bones, and the thing which characterized
them is that they were very dry and they were scattered.
37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. [KJV]
dry bones scattered all over the place are human bones, and the Lord asks
Ezekiel a question: “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel
answers, “O Lord God, thou knowest.” Ezekiel could
have thought: "If they can, only You can make them live." But
he answered: O Lord God, thou knowest.
37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and
say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. [KJV]
When I read something like this, I feel very strongly that
God has a sense of humor.
to him, “Prophesy on these bones. O ye dry bones, hear the word
of the Lord.” Ezekiel may have thought, Lord, you really don’t
mean for me to start talking to these dry bones, do You?
is looking out on this valley filled with dry bones, and he is supposed
to speak to them. The so-called saved (professing Christ) in many congregations
today "have ears to hear, but do not hear." And the ones
who are not saved, are dead in trespasses and sins, have not been redeemed
yet. Preachers feel just as helpless as Ezekiel, they understand the real
state and condition of those who are lost recognizes his own helplessness
in speaking to them. Ezekiel is told by God to say to these bones, “I
want you to hear what God has to say.”
37:5-6 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I
will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:  And I will lay
sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin,
and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the
Ezekiel to say, “I want you to speak to them and tell them I’ll
be the One who will give them life.” That is our condition today .
. . if God doesn’t move, no one has spiritual life. NO preacher, NO
teacher can save you. Only God can save you! God's servants can only speak
to dry bones, giving them the Word of God, but, that is all that is required
of us. The Spirit of God is the only One who can bring life. That is the
only way life can come.
37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied,
there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone
to his bone. [KJV]
obeyed God, he prophesied as he was commanded. There was a noise and shaking,
and the bones came together, bone to his bone. Do you think Ezekiel may
have had wierd feeling when in his vision he saw all these bones come together?
37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up
upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
condition of the bones that Ezeliel saw was that they are scattered, dry,
and dead. Then they gradually they come together, and the sinews and flesh
come upon them. This does not happen all at once. Then, Ezekiel sees a bunch
of bodies (corpses). They are no longer bones, but bodies with flesh upon
them. They are human beings even, but they still have no life in them.
Ezekiel 37:9-10 Then said he unto me,
Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus
saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon
these slain, that they may live.  So I prophesied as he commanded me,
and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet,
an exceeding great army. [KJV]
said to Ezekiel: Prophesy unto the wind, Come from the four winds, O breath,
and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
Ezekiel obeyed God and prophesied as he was commanded; and life came into those bodies. What happened in Ezekiel's vision resembles
the creation of man. God took man of the dust of the earth; Ezekiel started
with bones, but God didn’t. God started with just the dirt of the
earth, and then He breathed life into man.
What has happened to these bones has occurred in three stages:
they were scattered bones, just as dead as they could be;
then they came together, and flesh and skin came upon them . . . they
were bodies, but dead bodies; and finally
- (3) they were made alive. We will find in these three stages a real
key to understanding Bible prophecy concerning the nation Israel.
next verse explains the meaning of the vision:
37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the
whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope
is lost: we are cut off for our parts. [KJV]
told Ezekiel that the bones are the whole house of Israel. NOT the church;
in captivity had gone from one extreme to another. When Jerusalem stood
and the false prophets continued to say they would return, they maintained
a false hope. But, when Jerusalem was destroyed, they went to the other
extreme; they were extremely depressed. They were high up one day, but the
next they drop very low. They had no hope. This vision was given to them
to let them know they do have a hope, and it is for the whole house of Israel.
37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the
Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to
come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
in not speaking of a physical resurrection. See verse 21B : . . . . Behold,
I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they
be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own
what God meant in verse 12 when He said, “I will cause you to
come up out of your grave” is that Israel is buried in the nations of the world, and they are to be brought back and become
a nation again.
Israel was buried and scattered in the nations of the world, and was dead
to God, and she was dead to the things of God. This is the first stage of
the bones that Ezekiel saw in his vision.
1948, Israel has come back as a nation, but she is really a corpse, as far
as Messiah is concerned. They have a flag, a constitution, a prime minister,
and a parliament. They have a police force and an army. They have a nation,
and they even have Jerusalem. They have everything
except spiritual life, according to the Word of God.
verses 15–28 Ezekiel mentions two sticks. These typify the
northern (Israel) and southern (Judah) kingdoms which will again become
one nation. This means that there will not be any “ten lost tribes
of Israel” . . . or if they are lost, God knows where they are.
37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the
mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall
be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms
any more at all. [KJV]
God shall one day bring back Israel into one nation in the
land He gave them. One King will rule them all; no longer will they be divided
into two nations.
Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall
be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also
walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. [KJV]
WHO is the ONE KING, the ONE
one Shepherd is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah! When
Christ (Messiah) came, He was born in the line of David (Matthew 1; Luke
1–2); both writers very carefully record that He came in the
line of David. The One that came in that line is the Shepherd,
and He will rule over them. Is it possible that God will raise up David
to reign over Israel, either in the Millennium or in the eternal kingdom?
Some commentators believe that he will reign in the Millennium; others say
it will be the eternal kingdom.
37:28 And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify
Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
is NOT today! But, it is going to happen! There shall be a millennial temple
and an eternal temple down here on the Earth. In Revelation where it speaks
of there not being a temple, it is referring to the New Jerusalem, which
is where the church will be and which will not be upon this Earth.
home of the children of Israel will be upon this Earth, and God’s
temple will be in their midst. Even though there is no doubt that Israel
is the subject of Ezekiel, and especially of chapters 37–39, we can
always make an application of it for our personal lives. The world that
you and I live in today is a valley, full of dead bones, dead (spiritually
talk about being alive and say they are where the action is, but they are
really dead in trespasses and sins. They have NO spiritual life. That is
the reason they have to have a drink or two, or take some sort of drugs,
or do something to liven up the old corpse.
has made it very clear. 1 John 5:12 He
that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not
have the Son of God, you have life. If you do not have the Son, you are
dead. There are two kinds of people: live people and dead people.
3:36 He that believeth on the
Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV]
means that ANY person, Jew or Gentile, without the Son
(Christ, Messiah) is dead.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe
not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. [KJV]
is saying to you today that you are dead if you are not a Christian. Ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord. You can come
to life. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. This is the application
believers can draw from this portion of Scripture, but the subject
of the prophecy is the nation Israel.
created power could ever restore human bones back to life. God
alone could cause them to live.
gave Ezekiel a great responsibility. To be a “watchman”
to Israel. He was a prophet of God to the people; bringing the
message of God to the people.
37:15-17 The word of the Lord came again unto
me, saying,  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick,
and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel
his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it,
For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel
his companions:  And join them one to another into one stick;
and they shall become one in thine hand. [KJV]
The two sticks represent the reunion of the entire nation
of Israel that had divided into northern and southern kingdoms
after Solomon. The scattered exiles of both Israel and Judah
would be released from the “graves” of captivity
and one day regathered in their homeland, with the Messiah as
their leader. This vision has yet to be fulfilled. Ezekiel felt
he was speaking to the dead as he preached to the exiles because
they rarely responded to his message. But these bones responded!
And just as God brought life to the dead bones, he will one
day bring life again to His spiritually dead people.
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