Bring the dead bones to life
Ezekiel 37:10 -
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.
In one of our last messages was about wisdom and knowledge. It is only through God given wisdom we can have the true understanding of scriptures. I was trying many a times to join a Bible college but for silly reasons I was kept away, but later I thanked God for doing that. It is sad the way people programed in these colleges to accept teachings without understanding them to its depth. They give more importance to what some Tom, Dick and Harry said than what God says through scriptures. They have made the Word of God to words of God. I thank God for keeping me away.
I have shared before about the four stages of Bible study which are:-
1) Commentaries - going into the theological and historical study of a biblical event or set of scriptures
2) Cross reference - understanding scriptures by their internal relationship
3) Word study - studying every word according to the original (Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek) text and its grammar and relationship with the same word in other scriptures using a Concordance and Lexicon
4) Image study, Bible Codes, Bible Numerics and other studies - this stage includes various scriptural ways in understanding scriptures, they have their roots in the scriptures for God uses these ways. There are many examples for them in the Bible itself.
The first 3 stages of Bible study are very common and considered standard, but as the Lord took me to the fourth stage and started to reveal it to me I was a little unsteady in the start thinking what if this is not Biblical? We need to discern spirits and the only way is through scriptures and it was only when I confirmed them in scriptures that I started getting deeper into these studies. I am sure of Image Study, Bible codes and Bible Numerics but if any other they need to be discerned and confirmed through scriptures. People should not jump stages but need go from the basic to stage up else one can be destroyed for all understanding should have a firm foundation.
These 4 stages are given in Isaiah, for the Lord says He will teach us knowledge and to understand doctrines by these 4 stages.
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. [those who have accepted the Gospel]
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept [Commentaries]; line upon line, line upon line [Cross Reference]; here a little, and there a little[Word Study]:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue [Image Study, Bible Codes, Bible Numerics and various other] will he speak to this people.
Stammering lips or lisping manner is used by parents to communicate with infants. The words by themselves or what a parent speaks are not understood but by the visual actions of the parent the infant understands what the parent wants to communicate.
In Genesis we read God created all of creation in images of 'His kind' or 'their kind'. God did all things with wisdom like an artist who conveys a message through His art work. God allows us to understand the spirit world through His creation.
When God explained the hidden to Daniel He communicated to them through dreams and gave him the ability to understand the symbols (images) in the dreams. The same was the case with Joseph (son of Jacob) and John (of Revelation).
I have taken this matter up for today's message speaks of bones and it is only through Bible Image Study we can understand it.
Paul puts the Word is a double edged sword that separates the bone joint from the marrow.
Our bones give shape to our natural body like our nature or inner-man gives shape to our spiritual body. Jeremiah says he could not stop from prophesying for God put a fire in his bones. God made man and woman in Genesis 1 in the image of God, but when He created woman in the flesh He created her from the bone of man therefore came the institute of marriage and the Church when they became one.
When God created man he became a living being when his spirit was put in the body. Bible also says life is in the blood and we know blood is formed in the marrow therefore the marrow symbolizes the spirit. It was by this understanding I had written many years back that science would use the marrow to heal man and this we see happening today. We read of organs being created and almost all diseases being healed with the help of stem cells drawn from bone marrow. To find the accurate age of a person one needs to test the bone.
Today's message the Lord instructed Ezekiel to speak to the dead bones and they came alive and formed a great army. The Lord is today telling us too, the same that is to prophesy to the bones (inner-man) of the congregation and they that are dead with come alive in Christ and form a great Army of God.
When Jesus gave us authority He gave us authority to chase evil spirits, heal sickness and heal weakness not only of the body but also of the inner-man. So if we believe in Jesus and are baptized in Him, we have the authority to speak to our bones our inner-man and that of the congregation to bring them to become an Army of God. If we want to see God glory in the Church let us this year daily spend time speaking to the bones of the congregation and command them to come alive in the Name of Jesus.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord the time of great harvesting is at hand and we see the things You are doing to open opportunity for us to preach the message of life to your lost sheep. But Lord the workers in the vineyard are few and most of suffering from weakness of their inner-man, they are struggling over small things. Lord we speak to the bones of the congregation and command them to come to life in You. We command the coming into existence of your Army...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Luke 9:1 - Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Jeremiah 20:9 - Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
Lamentations 1:13 - From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them [him in plural].
Genesis 2:7, 21-23
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
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