Ezekiel 37:1-14 – The 5th Sunday of Lent – for Sunday, April 2, 2017
â€œThe Lordâ€™s power overcame me, and while I was in the Lordâ€™s spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones.â€ (Ezekiel 37:1)
Part of that powerful, searing chapter involved a vision of binding two sticks together. Two sticks? But thatâ€™s the second half. The half we donâ€™t recall and probably donâ€™t preach.
Itâ€™s the opening verses in Chapter 37 that knocks our socks off, and takes our breath away . . . the vision of the valley of dry bones.
Those scattered, stark bones became a legion of living, breathing, vibrant humans filling an immense valley. From the dirt at Ezekielâ€™s feet to the far horizon, they were reassembled and rose, with the â€œvast multitudeâ€ demonstrating the vibrant dream and vital might of the Lord God.
The vision symbolized Godâ€™s potent glory.
The vision symbolized the rebirth of Israel.
The vision symbolized a stunning future.
â€œProphesy to the breath; prophesy, human one! Say to the breath, The Lord God proclaims: Come from the four winds, breath! Breath into these dead bodies and let them live.â€
They did live.
In the vision, in the dream, Ezekiel sensed a renewed path. Even for a nation and people that had abandoned the Holy ways, there was a divine breath inspiring hope and a future.
On this fifth Sunday of Lent, I remember. Continue reading →