Reading: Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Verse 3: He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live”?
Ezekiel walks and walks amongst the dry bones. There are literally millions of Bones strewn across the valley – enough to make a vast army. As he walks among the bones, to him they are at first just dry old bones scattered across the valley. There are no grave markers to identify who exactly is where. These bones are symbolic of Israel. The bones and their dryness indicate the state of Israel in exile. They are long in exile and have lost touch with the faith and with God. The bones coming back to life and standing as a vast army is symbolic of how God will bring His people out if exile one day and will restore them as a nation.
In sending Ezekiel among the dry bones, God is acknowledging the state of affairs with His chosen people. All are cognizant that their choices, their sins, have led to where they currently find themselves. It is what it is. But in this vision, God is saying, “I am not done with you yet. This is not the end of the story. I will restore you. I love you”. God see what will be once again. God wants to share this hope with Ezekiel, His prophet to the people, so that the people can hold onto and look towards hope and restoration.
Isn’t this still the story today? Isn’t this still the message that all who are ‘dry’ or are out in the valley need to hear today? There are lots of people who feel lost or not connected to God. They desperately need the breath of life to breathe into them. There are lots who feel defeated. They need God to pick them up, to strengthen them, so that they can stand once again. There are others who feel that God has forgotten or abandoned them. They need to be reconnected to the source of life. There are many who need to hear the story. There are many. Who will you share the story if hope and restoration with today?