Ezekiel - Chapter 37

Ezekiel 37:3 - I like Ezekiel's 'safe' answer here. "Can the bones live?" Says God. "God, you know." says Ezekiel. :-)

Ezekiel 37:7-14 - From dry bones, to dead bodies to a live army of men. A metaphor for the church to come. Dead, hope lost, cut off from God (Ezekiel 37:11) to alive, filled with His Spirit and and His (Ezekiel 37:14). Much has been written about this passage, I can't really add to it. But it is a good reminder for me that I was dead, but now I live. I was separate, but now I'm joined with Him. I was lost, but now I'm found. I too easily look at my present failings and see my self as I was, not as God sees me now.

Ezekiel 37:15-19 - As was once done for Israel, if it could only be done for Christianity, or at least the Restoration movement. A stick for the ICOC, for the mainline churches of Christ, for the Christian Churches and others merged onto one.

Ezekiel 37:24-28 - The irony for the modern church is that it seems that in this passage of prophesy for the nation of Israel, there's prophesy for the church to come as well. As Israel will be one, the church would be one. What what God has brought together, man has chosen to separate. God said of the reunited Israel, in verse 28:

Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.

Now that we have fragmented & divided God's people into smaller and smaller groups, how will the nations know that He is God unless we work to unite again?



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