The Valley of Dry Bones
1The 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.
My, my, a strange set of verses wouldn’t you say? What could these verses possibly mean? Well, these verses are about preaching the word of God to a spiritually dead world. God leads Ezekiel into the middle of a valley of dead humans and said “Preach!” And what did he tell him to preach about? What He, God, says! He will give them new life and breath. (2Cor 5:17-18; John 20:22) Now read the Ezekiel verses again.
No person has ever been born again except through the preaching of God’s word.
(John 3:3, 8; Ro 10:17) And it is not just the “Preachers” job, or just on Sunday. It is up to all of us every day, at work, at play, at all times and everywhere to speak God’s word in this “Valley of Dry Bones” we call our world. After all, eternity is at stake.