THE INTERPRETATION: THE VALLEY OF DRY BONES
The key to understanding and interpreting this vision is Eze 37:11 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” (NASB). Those that were cut off were “dead, nearly dead, or in some condition understood to be socially or ritually analogous to death” (Olyan, 45). The nation of Israel had given up all hope of restoration of their nation and with their God. Much like the human impossibility of bringing dried up dead bones back to life was Israel’s hope of once again becoming a nation.
This is why the valley of dry bones was a significant prophecy for the people, God took the words that they were proclaiming and showed Ezekiel that although man could not make those dried up bones live He could. Thru this message the vision of restoration unto God and unto a nation was going to take place. The people had to listen to Ezekiel and allow God’s spirit within their lives and their situation and lives would be transformed and once again the people would call themselves God’s chosen.
The vision has two divisions within it first is the physical renewal or national renewal of the people and the second is the spiritual renewal of the people. One was achieved by the inspiration of God externally and the other was an internal work of God. Without God the nation and its entire people were figuratively as dead as those bones within Ezekiel’s vision.
Ezekiels vision of the valley of dry bones was in response to the nation themselves referring to themselves as dried up bones, all hope being gone, and they being cut off. The vision God gave to Ezekiel and the question He posed was simply can the dead be brought back to life. The answer is simply if man had to do it absolutely not but as Mat 19:26 states “And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (NASB). The hope for the nation of Israel was out of their hands, and in the hands of God, alone. The vision clearly demonstrates that God’s season for punishment is now drawing to a close and restoration of the people as a nation and spiritually with God is about to commence. While Israel is correct in stating that they were dry bones and that there was no hope truly is partially correct, without God there was no hope for restoration but in and thru God there was. Ezekiel was chosen to be that messenger to deliver this message of hope and joy. The nation would finally be restored, the temple rebuilt and God would receive the glory for doing it all. The people would no longer be cut off from one another and a nation would be reestablished.
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