Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 12:05 am

Day 5: Going out to see new life happen

Ezekiel 37:1-14

1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”

Reflection
As we saw from this passage, the prophet Ezekiel was brought to a place that was full of dry bones, and he was called to prophesy over them so that they could have life. In the same way, God has brought us to our campuses, communities and workplaces, so that we too can go and prophesy over the people there. And when we step out in faith like that, people will live, their dry bones will receive God’s life, and they will be filled with His Holy Spirit.  So let’s go to those barren places, and see God’s life come.

Response
Let’s spend some time asking God for a greater faith to got out and prophesy His Word and truth to all the places He is leading us to. Let’s pray that He would give us the words to speak into the lives of the people on our campuses, and in our workplaces and communities, and that His Spirit would continue to fill us and work through us and bring about real life.

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