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Can these bones live?

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A. context

introduction:
The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had 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 the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
The prophet hasd been prophising the restoration of Isreal. He has also been calling out sin and calling for repentance. God has showed Him that Isreal will be restored and the Kingdom will come. Then God brings the prophet to this valley of dry bones.
The promise has been given! This is the time many of us would be shouting and getting ready to be blessed, but God had something else in mind. God brings the proghet to this place of deadness. Shows him around, maybe, even left him there for a while.

B. In the waiting

left him in the waiting. I dont know if God really left Ezekiel in that valley, but God has left many a Men of God in places of wilderness, testing or deadness. many a Men of God have been left in the waiting. Waiting on the promise to come. waiting on that healing on the dream on that ministry, on the revival, on that delverance, on that great move of God. men like moese elijah, josphe, david. men that the promise was given to then nothing, just deadness, trails, hope being lost. in our lives this is were the doubts strat. is this really God’s plan? Did i really hear Him? Maybe i messed it up? We start to querstion even down to is there a God? Is he Good? Does he care?
It is these dead places where our faith is tried and streached. will we endure? it is also in the places that God draws us closer to Himself. while everything else starts to frall apart we should cling the more closer to Him. to where our hreats are nit to His. and remmeber thge waiting ushers the anointing. these same men i just mentiuoned came out of their waiting full of power no they were not prefect but they were anointed. the preist in lev. were commanded to wait outside the temple for 7 days before going to do their work. it is in that waiting that God purifis us and makes us ready to recieve that promise.
after see the bones the prophet make s2 oberservation there is a lot of bones and they are very dry. he has taken note that the situation seems hopeless. has become so aware of that fact that when asked by God can these bones live he responds with God only you KNow. what an un-pencostal answer. im sure that anyone of us would have responed with an halluaguh, glory yes and amen. or at least those who haven’t been in the waiting.

C. The fullfilment

this is still an answer that God can use and does use
God tells the prophet to speak to the bones. God wasnt the one that spoke to the bones. Ezekiael prophesied to the bone to come together and they did and he prophiesed to the wind to fill these slain and it did. he spoke into his own deadness, and spoke life. oh how important our words are inb our season of waiting. the same breath that spoke creation into being is the same breath that fill our lungs.
outline:
A. context- promise passage, setting
B. the waiting- valley, men that have been in the waiting, doubts and question
C. the fulfilment- the promise and the anointing come, the bones come together and the breath enters in.
Observations from the passage:
The Lord lead him to the valley of dry bones, and set him down in the middle of that valley.
God showed him around. Ezekiel became very famuliar with those dead bones.
the are 2 beholds- there were very many bones and the were very dry.
After all of this, then the Lord asks Ezekiel “Can these bones live?”
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