Speak to the dry bones, bring to life the Army of God
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Ezekiel was shown a vision in which he is taken around a large valley full of bone and all these bones were totally dried up. One may have seen dried bones they look more like a stones, porous and brittle. The Lord tells Ezekiel in the vision to speak to the bones and when he does a breath of life comes into them and they all come to life with flesh covering them. Later the Lord explains this vision to Ezekiel stating these bones represent Israel.
If we look at the history of the Jews many Prophets including Ezekiel came and spoke to the Jews, yet they did not become a people of God who glorified the Lord. They were far from God even though the Lord did great and mighty things in their lives. So was the vision wrong? No.
If we look in the Gospels Jesus bring this vision to life and to its real understanding. We need to first understand the symbolism of bones and flesh. Marriage and Church can only be understood when we understand this symbolization.
Human bones symbolize the nature of man. Our bones give shape to our body similarly our nature gives shape to our inner-man. When God created man He made both male and female in His image in spirit having one gender (male). But when He created woman in the flesh God did not make her like He made man. God took a bone of man to create woman, symbolizing that the woman in natural was made symbolizing man, made in the nature of man. That is the reason even though biologically we have most organs similar yet we are different and each complements the other. Paul through this understanding defines the relationship between God and man in marriage and Church and thus asks man to love his wife like God loved His church and viscera.
Flesh symbolises desires. Natural flesh symbolizes worldly desires and spiritual flesh symbolizes spiritual desires. We do not see the glory of God in the world because we Christians are like dead bone having no spiritual flesh.
When Jesus gave us authority He gave us authority to 2 things. First He gave us authority to drive away all evil spirits, so in His Name we can castaway all evil spirits. Secondly He gave us authority to cure diseases. The Greek words 'therapeuo nosos' translated as 'cure diseases' does not mean only healing the sick it means 'healing infirmities' which are not only of the flesh but also of the spirit.
We as Christians do not exercise our authority which we have received from Jesus Christ to heal laziness, gluttony, depression, anxiety, inferiority complex and other spiritual sicknesses. When Jesus has given us authority to kick these creeps out of our lives but we foolish people consider them natural, things that take time and process; we love to sit and counsel using our worldly wisdom.
We Christians are the army of Israel which the Lord wants to wake up and bring to life. The Lord wants people who can speak to these dead dry bones, people who can exercise the authority given to us by Jesus Christ. It is not by our power or by our might or our goodness.
When we give a currency note do we doubt we will get the value of it? No. The authority given by the Lord Jesus Christ is more real and valuable then a currency note so why then do we doubt when we speak it? Are we people who live by sight or people who live by faith?
Let us be people who live by faith. Let we bring to existence what we speak by the authority given to us. Let us bring to life the army of God.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, your people have bitten the fruit of doubt and find it hard to believe in what they do not see. Lord Jesus, You as man on earth showed us You were a man of authority. When You spoke evil spirits abided to your command. You also spoke to sicknesses and infirmities and they too abided to your word. Lord You gave this same authority so when we speak in your Name there is no difference between You speaking it and we speak it in your Name. Lord, bring out people who will realize the power of this authority You have given us, who will exercise it to bring your dead and decaying army to life...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall 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 shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
Luke 9:1 - Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Titus 2:15 - These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart [marrow symbolizes spirit - bone which symbolizes life comes from the marrow - spirit].
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