Summary: A look at revival. What it is? How does it work?
Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Title: Understanding Revival
How many people here believe we need a revival?
How many people here want to see a revival?
How many people here know what a revival is?
How many people here have ever experienced a revival?
Read Ezekiel 37:1-14
1. What a revival is.
Webster’s dictionary defines revival as a return to life from death.Revival brings something back to life that is either now dead or seemingly dead. Revival is not for something that never lived at all. That’s why only God’s people can experience a spiritual revival.
A.The identify of the bones (v1-2;11)
“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 the valley; it was full of bones. 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.” (v1-2)
If you have never read this passage of scripture you’d think these bones must be the bones of the unsaved. There are so many of them and they are so badly off.
"These bones are the whole house of Israel” (v11)
These bones belong to the people of God. These bones were very dry bones. What does he mean by “dry” bones? The Hebrew word used here for “dry” has two meaning
1. It means “to be held captive.”
These were bones that were help captive
Context: In the time of Ezekiel the people of God were away from their homeland and living in captivity
2. The Hebrew word for “dry” also has another meaning. It also means “to lose one’s appetite”
The same word used here in Ezekiel is also used in Numbers 11:5-6
“We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost-also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite, we never see anything but this manna.”
1. These bones belong to God’s people who are being held captive
2. These bones belong to God’s people who have lost their appetite for God
What does this mean?
“The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desire for other things choke it making it unfruitful.” (Mark 4:18-19)
God’s people are held captive by worrying about what they don’t have.“…The worries of this life.”
God’s people are held captive by worshiping what they do have
“…The deceitfulness of wealth.”
God’s people are losing their appetite for God by desiring what they wish they had.
“…and the desire for other things choke it making it unfruitful.”
Sin always takes away your appetite for the things of God
3. The only solution/ remedy for spiritual dryness is a spiritual revival
One outstanding characteristic of revivals is this.
They occur in a day of deep moral darkness and national depression
“He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” (v3)