Dry Bones

My take? We have shrunk redemption.

Consider the following passage from Ezekiel 37:

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”now that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

We learn from this passage two imperative lessons:

1. What redemption is not.
2. What redemption is. 

First, redemption is not a separate creation. The Lord returns to dry bones. Our King and Saviour is seen walking in the field of the dead. Here He establishes his redemption. The LORD could have said, “These bones are dry and dead. I will simply create a new field. I will put in this field living and moving things. Here I will establish my glory.”

Yet, this is not our King. This is not our Lord. The Lord of all heaven and earth sees the dry and is not afraid. He is not put off. Our King does not shrink in the fields of the dying. Nay, it is here He does His work. Redemption does not crush the old but rebuilds it. Redemption does not forget the dry but clothes them with new life. 

Yes, redemption is our glorious and magnificent Savior once again reaching into the dirt (Genesis 2:7). 

Our God walks among the dry bones.
Our Lord looks at the dead and sees life. 
Our King breathes life into the dying, the dry, and hopeless. 

These were just bones. No flesh, tendons, muscles, or ligaments. All flesh had been ripped off. All the muscles had been displaced. Furthermore, the bones were dry. They were old and could not remember what life felt like.

I wonder if you have been here. 
I wonder how many of us have screamed when the flesh has been torn, and we are left dry. I’m not sure what it was that tore through your body. I can’t say what evil swept by and separated bone from tendon. I don’t know what made your bones very dry. 

But I know Who walks through the dead valley. I know who strides in the dry and dusty. You see, just when evil thinks it has won, just when Satan is boasting over the dry and dusty, our Saviour holds out His pierced hands and points death to the empty tomb. 

It is finished. 
The dry will breath again. 
The torn will have flesh. 
The broken will not just be mended but be glorious. 

I speak not of purely salvation but our daily dryness. I speak to the heartache, to the grief, to the hurt, and to the abandoned. I speak to the wanting, the hungry, and the crushed. 

Know this: He walks among the valley of the dead.
Satan may roam the earth looking to devour(1 Peter 5:8), but our King, our God, looks in the graves for someone to redeem. 

“I will be with you always, even until the end of this age.” Matthew 28:10

May you remember the cry of our glorious, risen Saviour: 

Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out! John 11:43

I know this: His voice not only calls us, but His hands and shoulders carry us. 
In His hands we are made whole, glorious and vibrant. 

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