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Lesson 611: Ezekiel Chapter 37

"Can These Bones Live?"

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EZEKIEL CHAPTER 37 1 The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2 and caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon 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 up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, 14 and shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord. The kingdom will be reunited 15 The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: 17 and join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. 18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? 19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. 20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. 21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23 neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

Lesson No. 611 “Can These Bones Live?” Book of Ezekiel Chapter 37 03/27/2022 1) The Lord ‘picked up’ Ezekiel and put him a valley of what? And how are these bones described? What do they represent? (verses 1, 2) 2) What does God ask Ezekiel and how does he respond? (verse 3) 3) What does God ask him to do and what to say to these dry bones? (verse 4) And what does God say to the bones? (verses 5-6) 4) So what does Ezekiel do and what happens? How cool! (verses 7-8) 5) THEN what happens? What does God tell Ezekiel to do, and what happened? (verses 9-10) What army is he talking about? 6) God then gives us the rest of the story? (verse 11-14) God brings the nation ‘back to life’…kind of a new birth…kind of being ‘born again’. 7) We were dry and without the Holy Spirit, life, before we accepted grace from Jesus and He sealed the Holy Spirit in us…we came alive and joined His army of Christian soldiers. This prophesy was realized when Israel became a sovereign nation not too long ago. 8) The Lord called on Ezekiel again (verse 15-16) and wanted him to make props for a demonstration regarding the divided nation. What were the props and…do you think God actually joined the two sticks together as a sign for the people? I do! (verses 17-18) 9) God then tells them what He is going to do for them: (v 20-21) gather the people to their own land, (v 22) make one nation undivided, (v 23) stop their idol worship and transgressions, (v 23) save them from their sins and cleanse them, (v 24) Jesus shall be their King and Shepherd and they will walk in His ways, (v 25) dwell in the land of Jacob forever with David (Jesus) as their Prince, (v 26) make an everlasting covenant of peace and set His sanctuary in their midst forever, be their God and them his people (v 27), and all will know that Israel is His chosen people when his sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forever (v 28). Not bad huh! So….given that verses 24 through 28 are prophesy about Israel, did it come true in there time, in our time, or will it come true in the end time? How about in our hearts? Sounds like abundant living and the promise of life eternal to me once we receive grace!


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