Summary: In Ezekiel 37, God shows us that what we see here in the natural has its beginnings in the realm of the spirit. And we bring those things from the spirit into the natural by the words we speak.
Turn with me to Ezekiel 37. We know that confessing the Word is what we’re supposed to do as God’s sons and daughters. As I was thinking about this, God brought to mind Genesis 1 where God speaks and in Exodus where God told Moses to tell Aaron to speak. For me there are three passages of scriptures that really brings this home.
In Genesis 1, as we just mentioned, it says “God said,” and “God said,” and “God said.” We know that in this record when God speaks He is creating – He’s bringing what’s in the spirit into the realm of the natural. We have God’s life and nature so when we speak we can bring into the nature what is now in the spirit.
In Exodus, when God tells Moses to tell Aaron to speak, what God is doing – now listen to me – God is telling Moses and Aaron that, with your words, you are destroying the works of the devil. Think about that! Everything God tells Moses and Aaron to do is designed to bring down the strongholds that the devil had established in Egypt.
Here in Ezekiel 37,God is bringing dry bones to life and He’s telling Ezekiel to bring it to pass through his words! The image here in Ezekiel is restoration – bringing something back. Capture that.
Here’s what we see: in Genesis God speaks, in Exodus God tells Moses to tell Aaron to speak and in Ezekiel God tells Ezekiel to speak.
One of the biggest mistakes the Body of Christ makes is not speaking the Word. We shut up. We don’t talk. We don’t speak God’s Word.
This morning we’re going to see that sporadically speaking God’s Word is not enough. We’re not going to read through the passage because it’s familiar to us. We’re going to begin with verse one and work our way to verse 14.
In Ezekiel 37, verse one, we read: “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.”
Where was Ezekiel? He was in the spirit. Do you see this? He was in the spirit. This is where everything starts! Ezekiel was in the spirit. So, before we can see it take place in the natural, guess where it starts? In the spirit.
When it says God “set me down,” it means “to rest, to setting down.” The image is spending time in a place.
So God brings Ezekiel to this place and says sit. I want you to take in what you see. And the place is full of dry bones.
To help you understand the significance of what God is saying let me ask you something: what are bones? In Hebrews it says faith is the substance of things not seen. Your bones make up the substance for your body. Without bones, your body cannot function. Your bones are your foundation. They are the structures on which the rest of the body lives.
Verse two: “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.”
Not only did God want Ezekiel to see the dry bones, now He wants him to walk among them. All he can see is dry bones. Everywhere. As far as the eyes can see.
Notice the verse says the bones “were very dry.” In the natural these are bones without any moisture. For those of you who remember your biology, you know that part of each bone’s make up is water. 22% of your bones contain water. Bones represent 14% of your total body weight.
So, when God talks about dry bones, He’s talking about bones with no moisture, bones that are brittle – that break easily. Let’s bring this home a little bit. Arthritis. Osteoporosis. They are examples of bones that are drying out. Do you see the image? So you have to do something to get moisture back into those bones and that’s what the medicine is designed to do – to increase the moisture in the bones.
Unfortunately, medical science has not found a way to reverse the process. God can reverse the process! So dry bones, they are bones that have lost their moisture. These are “very dry bones.” They are useless.
Notice also here in verse two that it says they were “in the open valley.” They were not protected like we are. We dwell under the shadow of the Almighty. Do you see this? Open valley versus dwelling under the shadows of the Almighty.
Verse three: “And he said unto me, Son of man …” Stop right there. The “Son of man” is a person with a sin nature that has the Spirit of God on him. We have God’s spirit in us! What we are going to see in this record is what a man with a sin nature with God’s Spirit on him will is accomplish by speaking God’s Word.