Hope for our Day (Ezekiel 36-37)

12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.  Ezekiel 37:12

It may seem to some people that we are digging our own graves in America.   The media would have us to believe that violence rules the day.  Brothers and sisters, are we digging our own graves? Are we destroying life in our country?

These are honest questions.  In Ezekiel 37, the prophet of God was carried by God to a valley filled with the dry bones (meaning they had been there for a while) of people.  The Lord asked, can these bones live again?

Brothers and sisters, I believe there is great hope for our day.   The Apostle Paul writing to his son in the faith (Titus) penned these words:

in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began[b] and at the proper time manifested in his word[c] through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior.  Titus 1:2-3

This is so vital for our day.  Paul writes:  God never lies!

This truth helps us to understand the following:  Everything God says is true and every promise God made has come true or is going to come true.    One might question the validity of this truth.  There are three reasons why I know this is true:

  1. The character of God is truth.
  2. The actions of God in history.
  3. The power of God at work in my own life.

The prophet Ezekiel believed this to be true.  He saw the illustration of this as the bones came together and God gave life to the dead.

This was an amazing word for the exiles.  Back in chapter 36 God said, ” I am for you Israel.”   In that same chapter God said, “I will raise you to life for my own name sake.”  

Brothers and sisters, how could God do this in a people who had dug their own graves?

  1. God would have to do a work for them.  He did this by vindicating His name and defeating Israel’s enemies, 36:23-24.
  2. God would have to do a work in them.  This He would do, 36: 25-26.
  3. God would have to do a work through them.  He did bring Israel back into the land, 36:36-37.

Ezekiel said God would do it and He did.  But there is something greater here.  God had a greater work to do in them and in us.  This is why Jesus was coming.  He came to do a work for us that we could no do on our own.  Titus 3:4 “He saved us by the washing of regeneration.”  

When Jesus ascended back to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit to do a work in us, Joel 2:38.  This Holy Spirit fills us with power to do the work Jesus called us to do in these last days.  Oh how I praise the Lord for the hope we have.

Best of all, there is coming when Jesus will come and rule forever.  Ezekiel 37:27

27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

We will come out of the grave!!!

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