Spirit of the Lord

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.  He caused me to pass all around them, and behold,there were very many [human bones] in the open valley; and lo, they were very dry.  And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”  Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’  Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will make [a]breath enter you so that you may come to life.  I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin, and I will put breath in you so that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the Lord.’” – Ezekiel 37:1-6

Ezekiel was carried by the Spirit, and set down in a valley filled with dry bones. Sometimes God’s will and way seems to be without purpose, but we’re caught in time and so can see only a portion of the “tapestry” He is weaving, and remember that He is the “Master Weaver” of all the variegated threads in our lives! – Precept Austin

Standing in the midst of the dry bones, God tells Ezekiel to speak out to bones. Ezekiel’s empowered by the Spirit of God, as God’s representative.  He is speaking to the “dead bones” of the house of Israel.  Through the centuries Ezekiel speaks today to skeptical, secular, hard-hearted Israel.  He told to command the bones to “hear the word of the Lord”.  The reason they are dead bones is because they refuse to listen.

The great work of the gospel is to communicate divine life. The details of the process in the vision are not applicable in this respect. They are shaped after the pattern of the creation of Adam, but the essential point is that what the world needs is the impartation from God of His Spirit. We know more than Ezekiel did as to the way by which that Spirit is given to men, and as to the kind of life which it imparts, and as to the connection between that life and holiness. It is a diviner voice than Ezekiel’s which speaks to us in the name of God, and says to us with deeper meaning than the prophet of the Exile dreamed of, ‘I will put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live.’ – MacLaren 

If you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, then you will be passionate, you will be bananas for Jesus, because the Holy Spirit’s the agent of God’s passion in our lives.

I pray we would learn to trust and rely more on God, our creator. For we are nothing, but skeletons or dry bones without the breath of God and His Holy Spirit


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