Summary: God’s Spirit can revive the deadest of souls
SERIES: “EXCERPTS FROM EZEKIEL”
TEXT: EZEKIEL 37:1-14
TITLE: “A REVELATION OF REVIVAL IN THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES”
INTRODUCTION: A. There was once an explorer who was deep in the Amazon jungle. He became lost
in the thick foliage and stopped to get his bearings. As he looked around, he found
himself surrounded by a group of bloodthirsty cannibals. Quietly to himself, he said,
As he pondered his situation, a thought came to him: Wait! You’re not doomed
yet. Pick up that big stone at your feet and hit the cannibal in front of you in the
head. He looks like the chief. So he did.
He hit the chief with a few swift blows and looked down at the chief’s limp body.
The rest of the cannibals stared silently at the explorer. As he stared them in the eye,
he had another thought: Okay. NOW you’re doomed.
B. Today is the last of our messages from Ezekiel
1. We’ve studied the rebellion and unfaithfulness of God’s people and God’s removal
of His hand of protection and provision because of it.
--What they had taken for granted was taken away from them.
2. Because of their sinfulness, Israel found themselves in what seemed to be a
--They felt doomed and desperate
C. Before we get into the text this morning, let’s review the circumstances in which
Ezekiel was called to be a prophet:
1. Israel had become a divided nation: the northern kingdom called Israel and the
southern kingdom called Judah
--The northern kingdom quickly left behind their devotion to God and God sent the
Assyrians to defeat them and discipline them
2. The southern kingdom managed to maintain a relationship with God for awhile but
eventually became as wicked and idolatrous as the northern kingdom
3. Because of their wickedness, God sent the Babylonians to defeat and take captive
the southern kingdom
a. Jehoichim was king of Judah at the time
--He subjected himself as an underling to Babylon and their ruler
b. After three years, Jehoichim rebelled and within four years, Jerusalem was
surrounded and under siege.
c. At a very critical point in time, Jehoichim died
--His 18-year-old son Jehoichin became king and surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar
d. Jerusalem was plundered but the temple was not harmed
e. Though under Babylonian domination, Judah remained an entity with her own
f. However, Jehochin, his officers, the fighting men, the craftsmen and artisans, as
well as all the leading men of Judah were deported to Babylon
--Ezekiel went to Babylon with this first group of exiles
4. During this time, Zedekiah was made king of Judah and he also rebelled against
a. In a desperate attempt to escape, Zedekiah led his army through a break in the
wall at night and fled into the plain where the Babylonian army pursued and
b. The king’s sons and a large part of his army were slaughtered
c. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed, the Temple burnt down – all of its
implements and articles of worship taken to Babylon, and many more were taken
5. What a truly discouraging and disappointing time