242: Dry Bones

We’ve all experienced weird dreams. When I was small, in one of my recurring nightmares, I saw trees from the nearby forest walking to my house and climbing through the windows into my bedroom. Then, when I’d run to my parents’ bed, I was sure there were gorillas under my dresser that would grab me.

The Prophet Ezekiel had a dream-like vision in which he saw a valley filled with skeletons. Disarticulated, parched dry from the desert sun, bones were scattered across the countryside. What may have seemed weird to the prophet was to watch the bones start moving and reattaching. Muscles and ligaments began to appear, then skin once again covered the bodies. Finally, in place of dry bones, an army stood before Ezekiel. Sounds like the special effects in the movie, The Mummy Returns.

But God had a purpose behind this vision. “God said to me: ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’’” (Ezekiel 37:11) For millennia, Jews had been exiled among other nations. Scattered, like the bones. It looked hopeless that they would ever again have a nation of their own. But through this vision, God was showing Ezekiel that what was impossible with man was a definite certainty with God. He was promising to restore the nation. After 2000+ years, God did just that on May 14, 1948, when Israel once again was declared a nation.

There are a couple lessons for us. One is national and the other is personal.

NATIONAL: Just as God worked miraculously regarding the nation of Israel, He can work in ours, too. With all the chaos, lawlessness, hatred of authority, natural disasters, pornography, human trafficking, pandemic, and racial tension, many question whether there is any hope for America.

The spiritual forces of evil seem to be unleashed to tear this country apart. Can we come back from the brink of destruction? Only if God shows us mercy and grants America more time on the world stage. But, if not, we mustn’t fear. Our personal salvation doesn’t depend on the state of our government. Its security isn’t affected by the politics of the nation.

PERSONAL: Do you feel like a dry bone, spiritually parched? Jesus said, “‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’” (John 7:37–38)

Spring water will only satisfy our thirst for a short time. Jesus, however, is the Source of water that “springs up into eternal life” (John 4:14), quenching the thirst of our soul.  Jesus said, “In Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) The achievements of this world will never satisfy. Only Jesus will never disappoint you.

Marlon Furtado

I regularly went to church as a boy, but I was not exposed to the Gospel until I was nearly twenty years old. Hearing that God loved me in spite of my behavior was new to me. In response, I received Jesus Christ and became one of His followers on September 12, 1971. I practiced chiropractic for eight years before becoming a pastor from 1986 to 2018.