2009-03-17 - An Illogical Request, a Mighty Plan
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. (Ezekiel 37:7 NIV)
Ezekiel did not know why God brought him into a valley with mounds of dry and brittle bones. God asked the prophet a peculiar question. He asked if the bones could live. How could they? Naturally, the answer should be no. How could something live without a body, spirit, breath, and vital organs? God then told Ezekiel to talk to the bones, and tell them by His hand, breath will enter them; they'd be covered with skin, and shall live. It didn't seem logical to talk to an inanimate object; still, Ezekiel did as God commanded.
Then Ezekiel heard a strange noise, which sounded like rattling. The bones were no longer bones, but a great army standing to their feet! How could anyone doubt the power of God? It must have been incredible to see this valley packed with people. God revealed to Ezekiel that the army represented how Israel felt abandoned and desolate. As these bones became renewed, so will Israel's hope be renewed. God would not let go of His people.
Lord, with You in charge of my day, I expect the unexpected. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.