Review: Pastor Glen’s Most Recent Message
The Word & Breath of God – Part 10
Text: Ezekiel 37:1-5
The bones that Ezekiel saw in his vision were described as “…scattered everywhere across the ground and completely dried out” Ezekiel 37:2
This vision was used to illustrate the plight of the children of Israel who were slaves for 70 years in Babylon; the Israelites were exiled because they sinned against the Lord and due to the length of time in captivity, the people had lost all hope of deliverance from the hands of their oppressors.
However in verse 12 Ezekiel prophesied to the nation that the Lord would open their graves of exile, cause them to rise again and bring them back to the land of Israel.
Believers, Romans 6:23 warns us that the wages of sin is death! Death is separation between two things, for example:
- Physical death which is the separation of the spirit and soul from the body.
- Spiritual death which is the separation of man from his Creator.
- He parted the Jordan River for them!
- Eternal death which is when a person is condemned to judgement in hell; at this stage, there is no chance for repentance.
For those who once had an intimate relationship with God but challenges/issues of life caused a separation which has led to spiritual death, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says; look I am going to put breath into you and make you live again” Ezekiel 37:5
When a person suffers cardiac arrest, there is a machine doctor’s use called a defibrillator which is designed to send high electric shocks through the chest wall to the heart in an attempt to encourage the heart to start beating once it has stopped working!
This analogy can be likened to the words of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1 “And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins”
The word dead in this verse comes from the Greek word “Nekros” which means a corpse or to be lifeless!
The Holy Ghost who is the Breath of God will revive you; He will move you from a state of unconsciousness to consciousness, He will awaken, rejuvenate and rescue you just like He did for the children of Israel.
Pastor G Ferguson.