The valley of dry bones: Israel without God

 Ezek. 37:1  The hand of the LORD

            [1] was upon me, and

            [2] carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and

            [3] set me down in the midst of the valley

                        [a.] which [was] full of bones,

 37:2  And                  [11.] caused me to pass by them round about: and,

                                    [12.] behold, [there were] very many in the open valley; and,

                                    [13.] lo, [they were] very dry [they had no spiritual life or relationship with God].


 37:3  And

            [1] he [the Spirit of the Lord] said unto me,

                        [a.] Son of man,

                                    [11.] can these bones live? And

            [2] I answered,

                        [a.] O Lord GOD, thou knowest.


 37:4  Again he said unto me,

            [1] Prophesy upon these bones, and

                        [a.] say unto them,

                                    [11.] O ye dry bones,

[aa.] hear the word of the LORD.

 37:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold,

            [1] I will cause breath to enter into you, and

            [2] ye shall live [your spiritual life and relationship with Me shall be restored…by the events of Chapter 38 and Chapter 39]:

 37:6  And I will

            [3] lay sinews upon you, and will

            [4] bring up flesh upon you, and

            [5] cover you with skin, and

            [6] put breath in you, and

                        [a.] ye shall live; and

                        [b.] ye shall know that

[11.] I [am] the LORD.


All Israel shall be re-gathered from the four corners of the earth


 37:7  So

            [1] I prophesied as I was commanded [God cannot work His will on earth without the obedience of His servants the prophets to speak His will into the earth realm]: and

            [2] as I prophesied [as the prophet spoke the Spirit of God began to move], there was

                        [a.] a noise, and behold

                        [b.] a shaking, and

                                    [11.] the bones came together,

[aa.] bone to his bone.

 37:8  And when I beheld, lo,

            [1] the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and

            [2] the skin covered them above [outwardly they appeared to be alive]:

                        [a.] but [there was] no breath in them [no spiritual life yet].


 37:9  Then said he [the Spirit of God] unto me,

            [1] Prophesy unto the wind,

            [2] prophesy, son of man, and

[a.] say to the wind,

                                    [11.] Thus saith the Lord GOD;

[aa.] Come from the four winds [the coming lifeblood of Israel shall be in the re-gathering of her people from the four corners of the earth], O breath, and

                                                [ab.] breathe upon these slain,

                                                            [111.] that they may live.


 37:10  So I prophesied as he commanded me, and

            [1] the breath came into them [miracles are the results of obedience to the Word of the Lord], and

            [2] they lived, and

            [3] [they]stood up upon their feet,

                        [a.] an exceeding great army.


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