by Robert Dawson

Life Come to the Graveyard
Robert Dawson
Ezekiel 37

The story is told of a man who visited a cemetery to leave flowers at the grave of his dearly departed mother. He couldn't help but notice that, a few yards away, a man was sobbing uncontrollably. He could hear the loud lament of this poor man as he said, over and over, ''Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die?''

The man visiting his mother's grave decided he would try to be of some comfort to this distraught fellow. He walked over to him and said, ''Excuse me, sir. I'm so sorry for your loss. This is obviously very difficult for you.'' After a few clumsy moments of silence, he asked, ''Are you mourning the loss of your wife?'' The man, teary-eyed, looked up and said, ''No, I'm mourning the loss of my wife's first husband!''
Chris Bennett, ''How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?''

Interesting things happen in cemeteries. Today I want us to take a trip with the prophet Ezekiel to a graveyard, a rather intriguing graveyard, a graveyard covered with bones. I want us to witness a fascinating and out of the ordinary event that speaks specifically a nation's failed past, frustrated present and future hope.

It is a story that speaks a word of challenge, warning and hope to us as well.
Ezekiel 37.1-14
The nation of Israel had been in decline for years. Ever since Solomon's son Reheboam came to the throne the kingdom was divided. You had Israel in the North and Judah in the South.

Their struggles and inevitable decline extended beyond the political realm to the spiritual realm as the people began to abandon God as they pursued and worshipped false Gods.

As a result, God began to remove his hand of blessing. God also began to remove His hand of protection.

1. He laid the nation Israel bare by allowing its enemies to come in and remove them from existence as a nation.

2. A little over a century later Israel's sister nation to the south, Judah, failed to learn from the ...

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