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September 8, 2017 Bible Study — What The Valley Of Dry Bones Teaches Us

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading.

Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 37-38.

    Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones is a powerful message. As I read it I saw two important messages for us. First I want to set the stage. In his vision, Ezekiel is taken to a valley full of human bones which are scattered about. They are not arranged as skeletons and they are completely dried out. There is no flesh left on them at all, not even connective tissue. Then God asks him if these bones can once more become living people. And here is where we learn the first lesson. The obvious answer is “No”. That is even the answer which we would think God was expecting. However, Ezekiel does not give that answer. Instead, he replies that God alone knows the answer to that question. You could view this as avoiding the question, but that is not what Ezekiel was doing here. Ezekiel was open to the possibility of God bringing life to these bones. He recognized that if God wanted to bring these bones back to life He could and would do so. Would we have been open to the possibility of God bringing life to those dry bones? How often do we throw up our hands and walk away from the “dry bones”?

    This brings me to the second message I see in this passage: with God nothing is truly dead if He wants it to live. When God gave Ezekiel the message to preach to the dry bones, he did so. Ezekiel preached God’s message that He was going to bring these bones back to life and the bones from each skeleton came together from where they were scattered throughout the valley, muscle and flesh formed over the bones, and skin formed over the flesh. However, that was not enough. The bodies which had formed at the prophetic words spoken by Ezekiel still did not live. So, God gave him a second message to speak. It was only after the second message that the bodies formed from the dry bones came to life. And this leads to a follow up to the question I asked at the end of the first paragraph; Do we keep on preaching God’s word when the bodies form, but do not come to life? We need to be persistent in preaching God’s life giving message. And just now I saw another related mistake we sometimes make. What if Ezekiel had said, “Well, the bones formed into bodies. They may not be alive, but that’s an improvement. I’ll just leave well enough alone.” It is not enough for people to change away from the worst of their sinful behavior. We need to keep preaching to them until the Holy Spirit breathes Life into them.

September 9, 2016 Bible Study — Preaching In the Cemetery

I am using the daily Bible reading schedule from “The Bible.net” for my daily Bible reading. Later this month it will be my wife’s and my 16th anniversary. To celebrate this event I have decided to wish my wife Happy Anniversary for 16 days.

Happy Anniversary, Alanna–Day 2

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Today, I am reading and commenting on Ezekiel 37-38.

    Today’s passage is perhaps one of the most inspiring passages in the Bible. Are you the pastor of a congregation which seems dead and dried up? Or even “just” a member of such a congregation? If your answer is “Yes”, this passage is aimed at you. Follow Ezekiel’s example and preach in the cemetery. OK, I am being facetious, but only a little bit. Preach God’s word to those who come to listen and ask the Holy Spirit to move among them. God tells us that He can put flesh upon dried out skeletons and breathe life into the bodies He thus creates. If He can do that, He can breathe life back into a congregation that is dead. So, perhaps you should go out to the cemetery and preach God’s Word to those interred there. That may be the message which your congregation needs to hear. If we preach the word of God and pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers, He will send workers, even if He needs to raise the dead to find them!

November 18, 2015 Bible Study — It Is Not Enough To Hear God’s Word, We Must Also Obey It

For today, One Year Bible Online links here.

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Proverbs 28:1

    The wicked are afraid when no one is after them, while the godly stand firm, even in the face of attack.

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Psalm 117

    Let us call on everyone to praise the Lord. His love is powerful and His faithfulness endures forever. I will praise His name.

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James 1:19-2:17

    Today’s passage begins and ends with different expressions of the same message. It is not enough to hear God’s word, to believe God’s word. We must act on God’s word. In between, James gives some examples of what it means to obey God’s word. That means thinking before we speak and choosing our words to bring glory to God. We should not show favoritism to some people over others. That means welcoming strangers among us and treating them as friends. Obeying God’s word means having a merciful attitude, and being merciful, towards those who have done wrong. Remember, the person who commits adultery is just as guilty of sinning as the person who murders. So is the person who tells lies.

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Ezekiel 37-38

    Ezekiel’s prophecy to the valley of dry bones reminds me of congregations which have been given up for dead (in particular one near where I grew up). We, as people, look at these congregations which have grown old and become stagnant and think that they will gradually fade away. They have become stuck in their rut and the people are unwilling to adapt to the times. However, such does not need to be the case. God may send a prophet to speak to that congregation, He may send His Spirit upon them and put flesh back on their bones and breath life into their lungs. If there is still one person in that congregation who is faithful to God, that congregation still has a future. I feel called to pray for those congregations which appear to be as good as dead. Let us remember that with God all things are possible.