It is late Saturday night/Early Sunday morning at the time of this writing, and I was thinking about all of the emails I receive or messages I am sent on Facebook. And, it seems far too many believers have been calling out to the Lord, and now are overwhelmed with a desire to lay hold of the promises of our New Covenant — to learn how to truly live by entering into the blessing of that Covenant!
Tell you what, turn over to the thirty-seventh chapter of Ezekiel. Now, I am sure most of us have heard the story of the “dry bones” that Ezekiel mentions in this chapter.
Well, just in case you haven’t before (or not in a long time), let me show you what I am talking about:
The power of the Lord was upon me and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley full of old, dry bones that were scattered everywhere across the ground. He led me around among them, and then he said to me:
“Son of dust, can these bones become people again?”
I replied, “Lord, you alone know the answer to that.” Then he told me to speak to the bones and say:
“O dry bones, listen to the words of God, for the Lord God says, ‘See! I am going to make you live and breathe again! I will replace the flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you shall live and know I am the Lord.’”
So I spoke those words from God, just as he told me to; and suddenly there was a rattling noise from all across the valley, and the bones of each body came together and attached to each other as they used to be. Then, as I watched, the muscles and flesh formed over the bones, and skin covered them, but the bodies had no breath. Then he told me to call to the wind and say:
“The Lord God says: Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe upon these slain bodies, that they may live again.”
So I spoke to the winds as he commanded me, and the bodies began breathing; they lived and stood up — a very great army!
Then he told me what the vision meant:
“These bones represent all the people of Israel. They say: ‘We have become a heap of dried-out bones — all hope is gone.’ But tell them, ‘The Lord God says: My people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again and return to the land of Israel. And, then at last, O my people, you will know I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit into you [and He has], and you shall live and return home again to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have done just what I promised you.’”
Whoa! Pretty awesome story, isn’t it? But it is important that you notice that these vessels, lying lifeless on the ground were under the covenant. You see, the Lord had told them, “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” (Ezekiel 37:4). They had heard God’s covenant promise: “I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live”
Yet, even though these dead bones had the new covenant promise preached to them, they were never able to enter into the enjoyment of those blessings. My point is that many of us know about God’s new covenant — yet we can hardly believe it, and as a result, we never act on them! Since it sounds too good to be true, we ignore it and move on with our lives! We look at our circumstances and our condition and say, “I know my Father has given me the Holy Spirit to live within me . . . and I know the Spirit takes it upon Himself to cause me to obey Christ. And oh, I do so want experience those blessings badly, but I can’t obtain them for my life?”
That’s because there is something we must do: Ezekiel writes that God told him to prophesy, to speak:
“Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe upon these slain bodies, that they may live again.” (Ezekiel 37:9).
Then, and get this, Ezekiel said that he prophesied as God had commanded,
“. . . and the bodies began breathing; they lived and stood up — a very great army” (37:10).
Whoa! Do you see what Zeke did? He spoke to the dead bones and suddenly before him a great army stood, alive and breathing! The Holy Spirit had filled all those dead bodies with life — and now they were prepared to do battle. In an instant, they had become the full enjoyment and blessings of the new covenant! And all he did was speak to those bones! God’s Spirit had taken His rightful place in them — and He was bringing about all the promised changes!
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