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Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones

As prophesied by the prophets of Yahweh, the Israelites were taken into captivity. There was no hope that they were going to come back to their homeland but God wanted to send a strong message of hope to them indicating that it was possible for them to return home. This was the bases of Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones.

The vision
God brought out Ezekiel in a vision into a valley of dry bones. There were many bones and they were dry. God asked Ezekiel whether the bones could live and he replied that only God knew. God told Ezekiel to prophesy to the bones to receive breath, for sinews to enter them and flesh to cover them. Ezekiel prophesied to the bones and there was a rattling noise and suddenly the bones came together and flesh and skin covered them and they became human bodies but there was no life in them.

For the second time, God asked Ezekiel to prophesy breath to enter the fresh flesh. Ezekiel prophesied to the bodies and breath entered them and they became living human beings.

God said to Ezekiel that the dry bones represented the whole of Israel who were saying there was no hope for them and that their bones were dry. God told Ezekiel to prophesy to Israel that they shall be raised from their graves into which they had descended and shall be brought back to their own land in Israel.

God told Ezekiel to take a stick and write “For Judah, and the children of Israel associated with him”. Then he should take another stick and write “For Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him”. He should now join both sticks together.

God told Ezekiel to do this before the people and when they ask for the meaning, he should tell them that God was promising to bring back the people of Israel from wherever they had been taken captives to, so that they shall become not two separate nations like before, but rather become one nation under one king, a king that shall come from the house of David.

God said he shall make a new everlasting covenant with them, bless them and multiply them. Then establish a sanctuary among them forever. He shall dwell with them, be their God and they to be his people, so that the people will know he God was the one that sanctified them.

One the ways in which God reveals his intentions to his children this days is through their dreams. The children dream about a situation and if they follow the instructions in the dreams they are saved.

God also reveals his intentions in the sermons that the children listen to. God can drop a revelation through a sermon and if identified, Christians are saved. There are sermons in church, on radio and television, through podcast etc.

Prophesies of men of God
In church and during other religious meetings, prophesies come from God though the preacher. God reveals his intentions in these prophesy.

Quiet times
God also can reveal his intention during quiet times. The particular verse or portion of the bible that a person reads can be a source of warning from God or give an instruction on how to handle a matter.

Audible voice
God is still speaking in audible voice to some of his children though this is rare in these days. Some have testified to hearing audibly from God and if this is true, it testifies that God still reveals his intentions to us through audible voice.

No bad situations last forever
The people of Israel saw their condition as a never ending one but the encounter between Ezekiel and God reveals that no bad situation is permanent.

In every situation there is hope
The experience also shows that in every situation, there is hope for the future. Even in dead situations, God can steal show mercy and redeem his people.

God forgives
Another revelation of Ezekiel’s experience is that God can still forgive and have mercy on his people. Also his punishment is not to completely destroy but to correct and to repair.

God loves his children
The experience reveals that God loves his children and would wish that nothing happens to them if only they would obey. He punishes them with one hand and pulls them toward his mercy with the other hand.

1. a. Give an account of Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones
    b. In which ways does God reveal his intentions to Christians today?

2. a. What did God say to Ezekiel concerning the Israelites who were taken to exile by 586 B.C.?
    b. What three lessons can be learned from God’s revelation?

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