We are Revival People: Revive These Bones

The hand of the Lordwas on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lordand set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 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. 3He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LordThis is what the Sovereign Lordsays to these bones: I will make breathenter you, and you will come to life. 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 theLord.’ ”
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. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lordsays: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Ezekiel 37:1-10

Questions for Reflection

Read Romans 6:4-7 and Ezekiel 37:1-10.

  1. Are there any correlations between baptism and the Valley of Dry Bones? Do the two passages share the same outcome?
  2. Consider that Paul, the author of Romans and many other books of the New Testament, was imprisoned four times. Do you think he understood what it meant to feel darkness and death? How might this inform his understanding of new life in Christ, or freedom in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:1)?
  3. Do you think the life given to the bones through the Spirit in Ezekiel is the same Spirit that offers life today? What makes you think this?