We all like underdog stories. We like when the hero, after much effort and sacrifice, overcomes all obstacles and claims what is rightfully hers. Ezekiel 37 is not that kind of story, in a sense. According to this passage, we are more than just dead:
The Valley of Dry Bones
1(A) The hand of the LORD was upon me, and(B) he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley;[a] it was full of bones. 2And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry
Maybe this is the one issue people dislike the most, about Christianity. It is not cool to tell people we do not have hope. Those news are not welcomed in our society. Come on! We are Americans, there is always hope for us… right? Well, there is none, outside God’s intervention, that is. Just like the very dry bones had no hope to come back alive by themselves, our hearts are dead because of our sins. And apart from a miracle from God, we want and will remain in that condition.
Questions to consider.
- How does this passage makes you feel?
- Do you think it reflects, accurately, the human condition of this day and age?
- How does this passage relates to God’s justice and love?
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