Congratulations and welcome to June 2021, the sixth month of the year. June falls as the midst of the year and the midst of the year is ordained as a revival season in God’s agenda (Hab. 3:2-6/17-19). Revivals offer platforms for signs, wonders, and diverse miracles, it signals great times of for divine visitation (Hab. 3:2), spiritual awakening (Ezk. 37:1-14); and supernatural change of stories (Zph. 3:17-20) Against the foregoing, this month, we will be exploring a series titled: Commanding Signs and Wonders.
The Bible account in Ezekiel 37 serves as proof that God’s word is a life-giving Spirit who energizes and encourages us. Occurring at a time when the captivity of the Children of Israel seemed to have no end until they cried, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off”; God’s people were enslaved because they stupidly and sinfully rejected God and they thought it was the end.
In this time of hopelessness, God took Ezekiel in a vision to a scene that can best be described as gruesome. Worse than any Civil War battlefield, worse than Hiroshima after Truman dropped the bomb. The valley before Ezekiel was not filled with dead bodies or even skeletons, but a sea of scattered, dried, disconnected bones. With bones as dry as these, these people were not only dead, they were damned.
A dialogue ensued between God and Ezekiel and Ezekiel did as God commanded. He preached to a valley of dead, dry bones. And as he was preaching there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone but there was still no breath of life in them so the Lord told Ezekiel to do the impossible one more time: breathe life into them.
This was more than a fantastic vision. It was what God was going to do for his people, people who had been destroyed and exiled, people who were without hope and without a future in Babylon. All seemed hopeless until revival came through the Prophet Ezekiel – God’s agent for new life.
As you read this epistle today, chances are that you may be feeling the depression, disappointment, and emptiness sin brings. Maybe you feel like your bones are dried up and your hope is gone. God had asked Ezekiel, Can these bones live? As we look at our own hearts, our own lives, and our own families and see the dreadful results of sin, we might be asking the same question. With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 20:26) Doing the impossible – like creating life out of death is God’s specialty. It is the nature of his grace and the incredible power of His Word. If God did it for Israel, He can do the same for you today.