Devotion Day 62 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 62: Ezekiel 36:1 – 47:12 (This reading contains my favorite passage from Ezekiel.)

I went ahead and read the rest of Ezekiel as it was only a chapter and half more of reading. So this devotion will conclude my thoughts/reflections on Ezekiel.

Chapter 37:1-12 – The Valley of Dry Bones – is my favorite passage in Ezekiel. I’ve read and preached on it on Pentecost Sunday.

In Ezekiel we’ve heard God’s promise that his people who are scattered and in exile will once again return unto the land of promise and in this text we hear how God promises to once again breathe new life into them.

During very dry periods of ministry and life I’ll go to this text to remind me that it is God who can breathe new life into me, into the church, into all of life. No breath was in the bones, but it was the Spirit of God who brought the bones back together and breathed life back into them. This is just what God does unto us as we trust in God. As we dwell in God and God’s word unto us God brings our bones back together, attaches tendons, puts on muscle and skin and then gives us that new breath of life. Thanks be to God for God’s power to do this and God’s willingness to do so.

As I reread the text, I note how God works through Ezekiel to do just this. Ezekiel has to prophesy, share God’s word so the bones come together and new life is breathed back into them. So we need to be aware that God uses us to breathe new life into others.

I like the song “Dry Bones” which comes from this text. Enjoy.

By the way, for me a portion of my hip bone is connected to my wrist bone, because of surgery I had over ten years ago. I had a giant cell tumor (benign tumor) removed from my right radius bone close to my right wrist. When the doctor removed the tumor, he took some of my hip bone to replace the bone taken out of the radius bone. So, I have hip bone connected to my wrist bone.

Five more days of readings in the Old Testament and then we turn unto the new. Tomorrow’s devotion will come from the book of Daniel.

Creator Spirit and Giver of life, make the dry, bleached bones of our lives live and breathe and grow again as you did of old. Pour out your Spirit upon the whole creation. Come in rushing wind and flashing fire to turn the sin and sorrow within us into faith, power, and delight. Amen.

(Prayer from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002
Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress.)

Next Reading – Day 63: Ezekiel 47:13 – Daniel 8:27 (I’ll be reading all of Daniel as I want to read it in one setting.)

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