Measuring the Immeasurable
H. Edwin Young
Ezekiel 1, 15, 43, 13-14; 47:1-6
Ezekiel watched his nation die. He was an exile in Babylon and here we find him discouraged, defeated, lost, and confused. People began to make fun of God and make fun of the Hebrew faith and here we have Ezekiel silent, really uninterested; a prophet and a priest who had surrendered to the conditions of the day. But then we see that Ezekiel is touched by God.
He is called by God. He is commissioned by God and he says, "The hand of the Lord is heavy upon me." And then he has some very ecstatic, supernatural experiences, that in modern psychotherapy we would say they were irrational hallucinations. In one of these experiences, Ezekiel asked a very important question as he looks at the nation. He sees God's people without purpose, disjointed and he imagines a battlefield where the wind and the rain had been pouring over the dead bodies that had been left there for centuries and he sees a valley of dry bones. And he hears God ask his prophet this question, "Can these bones live?"
I think that is a good question. As we look at the scope of the United States of America, this hour, I believe that is a very legitimate and valid question. Can our nation live again? As we look at Houston, Texas this morning, recognizing that if every person on the roll of every church and every denomination in this great city, would go to church THIS day - every person affiliated with every church, there would still be over 2 million citizens in Houston who KNOW NOTHING of the Lord; let alone His Son, Jesus Christ. A valid question. Can this city live?
As we look at our church, we ask the question. Is this church alive? Can these bones live - live again? Ezekiel was by the River Kebar. If you get an atlas, an ancient boat world - you will discover that the River Kebar was part of the Tigres-Euphrates complex. Actually, it was a canal, much like you would see in south Florida. Those large, wide, deep irr ...
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