Summary: Let us look at bones in the Bible. Dry bones can, when obedience is practiced. No matter how bad the situation, the is NEW HOPE WHERE THERE IS FAITH.
BONES, FAITH AND NEW HOPE...
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
THIS IS A THREE PART LESSON.
I have a little three feet long skeleton that I purchased after Halloween one year I use in this lesson. You can pick up one cheap.
I call my little skeleton BONES!
I have the skeleton sitting on a bar stool in front of the church.
I tell the story, I was preaching several hours from home in Montecello, Ky. That night I took Bones as an illustration for the sermon that night.
I had Bones sitting in the front bucket seat of my car and he kept falling over, so I put the seat belt around him.
I stopped at a gas station and was filling up with gas.
A man came in and inquired about the strange thing in someone’s front seat?
I knew he was speaking of Bones, my little skeleton buckled up.
I told the man that was my Grandson.
To which he replied, "You need to feed him a little better?"
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
I. GOD DOES A NEW WORK WITH THE BONE OF POSSIBILITY!
WITH GOD BONES CAN BE A SYMBOL OF NEW HOPE, NEW LIFE!
A. THERE IS GIVEN A NEW DIMENSION OF THINKING, A MATTER OF MAKING A CHOICE.
B. We can change the intensity, the presence, and the nature of His presence by what choices we make.
C. DO YOU KNOW THERE ARE SUPERNATURUAL POSSIBILIES HIDDEN BETWEEN YOUR EARS? YOUR HEART? AND YOUR FAMILY?
Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
D. GOD IS GOING TO REACH DOWN AND OPEN MAN, GOD WILL USE BONE OF HIS BONE...
E. There is Divine potential with man, and God made the bones, and the flesh. But God would put in His creation a CHOICE.
Genesis 2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
F. MAN AND WOMAN WERE GIVEN THE FREE NATURE OF CHOICE.
Worship and obey God and His rules?
G. GOD ESTABLISHES THE GREAT POTENTIAL IN THE BONE, AND
BONES BECOME A TYPE.
II. BONES GIVE STRUCTURE TO THE BODY,
PROTECT INTERNAL AND VITAL ORGANS
A. Bones are alive and growing and changing through the process of life.
One of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate
Essence, core, framework
The most deeply ingrained part : --- heart
compact layer surrounds the inner layer
Pick a bone --- a matter to argue or complain
Bone tired --- very, totally, extremely tired
C. YOU HAVE SPECIALIZED BONE CALLED CARTILAGE.
It is softer material, the tip of your nose, and your ears are cartilage.
D. Three layers of bone:
PERIOSTEUM (pare - ee- OS -tee -um) the outer harder part of the bone.
It has blood vessels and nerve endings in it.
CANCELLOUS (KAN -seh-lus)
the spongy inner layer with a tough outer membrane
BONE MARROW: Thick jelly like material that helps blood production.
The inner spaces of our long bones in the arms and the legs are filled with marrow, which is very important in the formation of blood.
E. MOST PEOPLE HAVE 12 PAIRS OF RIBS.
Ribs are important not only for support, but they protect the vital organs, the heart, the liver, the lungs, and the kidneys.
The center of the ribs where they connect together is called the STERNUM.
Some people have an extra set of ribs, making them 13 sets.
Even rarer is that some people are short a pair of ribs, and only have 11?