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Life From the Dead Or the Valley of Dry Bones   7 comments

Life from the Dead

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision; fittingly illustrates the sinner’s spiritual condition.

I.

“Dry bones,” devoid of spiritual life.  Figure is not too strong.  Men are powerless to move Godward if life to themselves–are “very dry,” devoid of life.

II.

“Can these bones live?”  Is there any hope for a poor lost sinner?  Yes.  “The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”  (Jno. 5, 21 & 25-26)  “He [is] able to save to the uttermost.”  (Heb. 7, 25)  No case is hopeless.

III.

Means to be used:

(1)  “Prophesy.”  “O ye dry bones, hear ye the word of the Lord” (v. 4).  “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4, 2).  It pleaseth God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1, 21).  “The word of God is quick and powerful,” etc. (Heb. 4, 12).

(2)  Prayer for the Spirit to impart life.  “Come, O breath, and breathe upon these slain” (v. 9).  “Grieve not the Spirit” (Eph. 4, 30).  “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thes. 5, 19).  We need his power to awaken and save sinful souls.

IV.

God waits to be gracious.  How concerned he is about our salvation.

Let us look with much prayer for his saving power.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Ezekiel   1 comment

Ezekiel

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 33:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/turn-or-die/

Chapter 36:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

Chapter 37:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/ezekiels-vision/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/the-valley-of-dry-bones/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/life-from-the-dead-or-the-valley-of-dry-bones/

Chapter 47:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/revelation-22-2-and-ezekiel-47-12/

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Posted November 13, 2013 by neatnik2009 in Guide Posts A-J, Major Prophets

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Ezekiel’s Vision   1 comment

Ezekiel's Vision

Above:  Part of the Original Text

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Ezek. 37, 1-10

1.  Vast multitude.  Numbers make their appeal ton the soul.  “He was moved with compassion.”

2.  Condition-dead, dry bones, helpless, no life, no response to life about them.  Pitiable indeed is the soul in sin.

3.  God’s call to his servant to prophesy, to declare God’s message.  His word is the one only adequate call–“is spirit and life.”  O that men would hear and head this call of the Lord (verse 4).  But “how can they hear without a preacher?”

4.  The call to the life-giving Spirit (vs. 9-10).  Only he can quicken these slain and cause them to stand upon their feet.  No device of man can do it.  He is the original source of all life.  “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.”

5.  He is our indispensable need.  “Tarry ye until ye be endued with power from on high!”

O blow upon these slain, thou mighty Spirit, that they may live!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Posted November 12, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Major Prophets

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The Valley of Dry Bones   1 comment

Ezek. 37, 1-10

Israel’s condition here seen in a vision [which] fittingly represents the sinner’s spiritual condition and his only hope.

1.  “Dry bones”–Men spiritually dead, devoid of spiritual life.  The figure is not too strong.  Men are helpless save as “gracious ability,” the quickening of the Spirit, is bestowed.  They are powerless to move–“very dry.”

2.  No earthly power can quicken them.  All effort devoid of the Spirit’s power fails utterly.  Man has no ability to change his or his brother’s nature.  Any movement quickens men only as God’s blessings attend it.

3.  “Can these bones live?”  Is there hope for those under the dominion of sin?  Yes, by divine power quickening the soul.  God is the hope of the world.  Souls have been saved and he who changes not can do so still.

4.  Let the church look with desperate faith unto God.  “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.”  He can call back t life the dead.  We face the valley of dry bones; let us call mighty unto God for the Spirit’s help.

God waits to be gracious.  Let us look and receive his salvation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT