(Author’s note: this post was previously posted in May 2010 and is reposted after the site redesign)
In Ezekiel 37, God takes the prophet to a valley of dry bones. God does something interesting here: He asks Ezekiel the question, “Can these dry bones live?” The prophet’s response is like many of ours, “Lord, you know.” Here, the Lord gives us revelation, He tells the Man of God to prophesy to the dry bones that they may hear and respond to the Word of God.
What God is showing here is how to operate in our God-given dominion and authority. When God commenced His creative work in Genesis 1, He spoke every thing into being. That is the way God operates; with a proceeding Word. So our first act as dear children of imitating our Heavenly Father is to operate using His methodology.
Now we have to understand what the dry bones mean. Theological scholars teach that the dry bones represent the nation of Israel in an apostate condition. But I submit to you that the dry bones represent anything that is dead or dying in your life.
Far too many times, people, even the child of God, faces a dead or dying situation and chooses to abide with or in it. That is not God’s way! When you see something that is not God’s perfect will in your life, you should speak change to it. In Genesis, when God saw darkness, He said, “…let there be light.” In other words, God’s perfect will is not darkness; He spoke to it and told it to change.
God has called his children to be agents of change. We should be like a thermostat; when we enter a room, the climate should change. God has commanded us to be salt and light. Salt is a seasoning and a preservative. That means we should season our environment with grace and preserve God’s Word wherever we are. Light displaces darkness; there is no measurement of darkness, only light. That means that in even the darkest situation, wherever there is a blood-washed, Spirit-filled believer, there should always be a ray of hope!
We have to understand that every miracle of Jesus began with a word. When Jesus calmed the storm, He spoke to it and it obeyed. When He told the fig tree to no longer bear fruit, it obeyed.
The light of God is infinite. In Him there is no darkness or variation or shadow of turning. Get this: in Heaven there will be no shadows because God’s perfect light will be everywhere!
So how do we effect change in the Kingdom of God? By opening our mouths and speaking to the situation! And what do we speak to the situation? Go back to Ezekiel 37 and you will find that He spoke God’s Word to the situation.
How did Jesus overcome the temptation of the devil? By speaking the Word of God. It is written, it is written, it is written, He said!
But, so far, we’ve talked about the cure. Let’s talk about why the bones got dry in the first place.
God’s law given to Moses forbade the children of Israel from eating blood because the life of a thing is in the blood. Let’s consider that for a moment (Selah, pause and think about that). These bones had no life because they had no blood!
As Kingdom citizens, we understand the Blood of Jesus is the price paid for our redemption. Because of this, we are able to appropriate the power of His blood to every aspect of our lives that destruction may pass over us. The first type and shadow of this was the application of the blood of an unblemished lamb to the doorposts of the homes of the children of Israel so that the destroyer (death) would pass them by in the final plague upon Egypt. So, it should not surprise us that when we fail to appropriate the power of the Blood to a thing in our lives that the very life goes out of that thing!
If there is no blood, there is no life. If there is no Jesus, there is no blood! This is why we have to invite Jesus in and allow His precious Blood and His Holy Spirit to fill the dark recesses of our lives.
If I had to create an advertising slogan, it would be, “The Blood, it prevents dry bones!”
© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)