Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 26, 2017

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 37.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+37&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“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.  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.  He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”  And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”  Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’  Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.  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.’”

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.  And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them;  but there was no breath in them.  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 on these slain, that they come to life.”’”  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

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.’  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 of Israel.  Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.  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.’”

“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd;  and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.  They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived;  and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever;  and David My servant will be their prince forever.  I will make a covenant of peace with them;  it will be an everlasting covenant with them.  And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.  My dwelling place also will be with them;  and I will be their God, and they will be My people.  And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’”  Ezekiel 37:1-10 and 24-28.

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Without the LORD, “Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished.”

Without the LORD, we are dead in our sin. 

But, we do have the LORD and His Spirit.

We do have the LORD Who makes us alive. 

We do have the LORD Who sanctifies us.

We do have the LORD Who dwells with us forever.

“…  they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.  …  I will make a covenant of peace with them;  it will be an everlasting covenant with them.  And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever.  My dwelling place also will be with them;  and I will be their God, and they will be My people.  And the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’  Verses 24-28.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”  Ephesians 2:4-7.


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