Summary: Humans vs. zombies is the rage on a lot of campuses. This message plays off that idea, but it is God vs. the zombies. God bringing the dead to life through the proclaiming of the word. Ezekiel 37
God Versus The Zombies
Text: Ezekiel 37:1-12
We are going to look at this passage for the next several weeks, as of now I have prepared 3 messages:
The Placing of the Prophet
The Predicament of the People
The Power of Proclaiming the Word
We live in a day and an age where people are fascinated with zombies.
For those who don’t know in the imagination of people a zombie is a dead person that is still more or less dead, than has been brought back to life. There was a movie that is still floating around out there called, "Dawn of the Dead," the explanation they give for the dead walking among us:
"When hell is full the dead will walk the earth again."
One of the biggest fads on college campuses today is a game called: Human versus zombies
Ezekiel 37 is not a horror story to be read on Halloween about a valley full of dead bones.
It is the story of an awesome God who goes to the graveyard and brings the dead back to life!
If a zombie is the walking dead, then the world is full of zombies.
Those who are dead in trespass and sins are zombies.
The bible says, "hope deferred makes the heart sick." There are some among us whose hope has been deferred so long that they have actually had a funeral service for their hope. They are zombies.
I take great pleasure today in knowing I serve a savior who enjoys going to the graveyards of life and speaking to the dead Lazarus’s scattered about, "Lazarus, come forth."
Knowing that there is not a power in hell below or heaven above that can stem the efficacy of His words.
In the book of Daniel, we read about the permanence of the laws of the Medes and Persians, and we find in the 6th chapter and the 15th verse these words:
"Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed."
Yule Brenner in that great movie classic, "the Ten Commandments", describing the likewise permanence of laws of Egypt, described them this way: "so let it be written, so let it be done." In other words what was written is what must be done.
In like fashion, when God speaks it is an unalterable decree. So it was spoken so shall it be done.
Not only does God enjoy going to graveyards, He also enjoys sending His servants there and lets us work with him to see dead souls revived. There is no greater joy in this life, than that of being privileged to be with God when He goes to a graveyard. He doesn’t go there to bury things but to resurrect them!
Powerpoint slides 4-8 (The scripture portion)
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon 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. 2 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. 3 He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know."
4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ’Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath [a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 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.’ "
7 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. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ’This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ " 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ’Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ’This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.