By Pastor Eric McNeil
Scripture Reference: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry.
3 He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know."
4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the wordof the LORD.'
5 "Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.
6 'I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.' "
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, andflesh grew and skin covered * them; but there was no breath in them.
9 Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath,prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe onthese slain, that they come to life.""'
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and theycame to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
The Vision Explained
11 Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.'
12 "Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,"Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land ofIsrael.
13 "Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of yourgraves, My people.
14 "I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it," declares the LORD.' "