by Tony Nester

Can Dry Bones Live Again?
Tony R. Nester
Ezekiel 37:1-14

In the year 586 B.C. the City of Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonian army which had conducted a year-long siege of the city. As the walls of the city were breached Judah's King, King Zedekiah, tried to escape. He was pursued and captured near Jericho.

The Babylonians punished him by slaughtering his children before his very eyes, then ripping out his eyes to blind him, and then leading him off to Babylon in chains where he later died.

Three weeks later the Babylonians burned the City of Jerusalem to the ground. The Jerusalem Temple that Solomon had built was stripped down and its treasures of gold and art sent to Babylon. Then the Temple was burned, along with the King's Palace, and the houses of Jerusalem. The city walls were torn down. The remaining populace, except for the poor and infirm, was forced march and deported to Babylon.

No mention is made of the Ark of the Covenant, the most sacred of all Israelite possessions, which had been in the Temple since the days of Solomon. The humiliation of its loss may have been so painful that Jewish writers could not even put it into words.

Among those who were deported to Babylon was Ezekiel. God called Ezekiel to be a prophet to this dispirited Israelites. One day God put Ezekiel into the Spirit and gave him a vision. It is one of the most famous visions recorded in the Bible. It is found in the 37th Chapter of the Book of Ezekiel's prophecy.

(Ezekiel 37:1-14 NRSV) "The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. {2} He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. {3} He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know." {4} Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. {5} Thus says the Lord GOD t ...

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