“…can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only you know.” Ezekiel 37:3
This week, we explore a vision that the prophet Ezekiel received while the people of Israel were in captivity. Ezekiel sees a vast valley of bones, a landscape of death and despair. We discover that these bones represent the nation of Israel who have had all of their hopes and desires crushed by their circumstances. But God commissions Ezekiel to prophecy over the bones and bring new life into them. Even in the midst of hopelessness, even when there is no signs of life, God is able to bring new life and new creation to his people, but he does this in ways that may surprise us in the process.