(28 verses, 4:50 to read)
What I am about to READ
Using two visions, God promises to restore Israel upon the work of David’s son, Jesus.
MARK & LEARN
This chapter contains two striking object lessons. The first is the well-known vision of the valley of dry bones. The second is the vision of the two pieces of wood. Both visions explain what the Lord would do for Israel and Judah in the coming days.
1-11: Ezekiel sees a valley of dry bones, like a person might see on a battlefield if the bodies had not been buried. God told Ezekiel to speak to the dry bones. After the bones had come together, the bodies were still lying on the ground. Then, Ezekiel was told to prophesy to the breath. The breath entered them and they stood on their feet, a vast army. It symbolized how the Lord would raise dead Israel and bring the Israelites back to their homeland.
12-28: The second object lesson. Ezekiel was to take two sticks and join them together. They symbolized the fact that in the future Israel and Judah would be joined together again. Judah was allowed to return to Canaan, but the northern tribes of Israel were not. Also, David never physically rose from the dead to be king over a united kingdom. Either we would have to look to some future time when David would rise again and Israel would be united (which many do, pointing to the modern state of Israel), or we can accept it as having already been fulfilled in the kingdom of Jesus, the Son of David. The latter option is the right choice. This vision shows a kingdom built on Christ, not the modern state of Israel.
The Lord speaks His word to us, breathing into our dead bones and raising us to life. Now we are part of the spiritual Israel, joined together with God’s Old Testament people in Christ.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.