“Son of Man, Can These Bones Live?”

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

God is not in the business of being a God of dead men’s bones. Here in a dramatic message to Prophet Ezekiel God showed him how he was going to bring life to a dead nation–dead both in their national identity and spiritually as well.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

In this dramatic picture God is clearly revealing his will and plan for you as well. Your life might be like this valley of dry bones. So dry that there is no hope of any life. No one will even think of “life” at the sight of this valley. Only God can. Therefore he asked that question.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

“O Sovereign LORD, you alone know,” was the answer. It revealed the fact that we can only stand helpless as we look at impossibility. God often brings us to this point before he acts. Again, the bigness of the impossibility is shown us that we may look to the extraordinary might of God.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

The prophet is asked to preach or prophesy to the dead bones. Yes, your circumstances whatever it might be, it cannot be changed without an active listening to the word of God. That is what produces faith. Your life is a valley of dry bones most probably because you have not taken time to read and meditate on God’s Word daily.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

The listening to the word of God sets the stage for the Spirit of God to come and act. His preaching had brought all the bones together. It was now covered with flesh. But still they lacked one thing most needed—life! The prophet is commanded to pray to the Spirit of God to come and breathe on the slain. And behold life comes into them, and they stand up as a huge army.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

God at the end of this vision says about his purpose in showing this to Ezekiel. He said that he is going to bring his people out of their graves (here, the graves represent the scattered Jewish people buried in different nations of the world). See, God is not in the business of dead men’s bones. He is the God of the resurrection. He is the God of life. He is the one who brings hope and life and revival and restoration.

“Son of man, can these bones live?”

My friend, what is your response? God would love to do a mighty work of resurrection in your life. Will you cooperate? Will you submit to the word of God or will you continue to live in your own deception and self-righteous arguments. Will you most earnestly pray and welcome the Spirit of God to come and breathe life into you?

This article is based on Ezekiel 37:1–14.
Insight
The Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (or The Valley of Dry Bones or The Vision of Dry Bones) is a prophecy in chapter 37 of the Book of Ezekiel. The chapter details a vision revealed to the prophet Ezekiel, conveying a dream-like realistic-naturalistic depiction.

In his vision the prophet sees himself standing in the valley full of dry human bones. He is commanded to carry a prophecy. Before him the bones connect into human figures, then the bones become covered with tendon tissues, flesh and skin. Then God reveals the bones to the prophet as the People of Israel in exile and commands the Prophet to carry another prophecy in order to revitalize these human figures, to resurrect them and to bring them to the Land of Israel. —Wikipedia.

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