A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 5

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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 Continue reading “A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 5”

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A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 4

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TEXT CRITICAL NOTES

In verse one the word “ah” is used with the word “habbiq ah” refers to a specific valley “although the valley is not specifically stated it is generally assumed that it is the valley where Ezekiel first saw the visions of God” (Gaebelien, 926). However, there seems to be a varying opinion of the word that is “user” in this situation Strong uses the word “bikaw” which means “properly a split, that is a wide level valley between mountains: Continue reading “A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 4”

A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 3

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PRESENTATION of the TEXT

SCRIPTURE PASSAGE

Eze 37:1-14  The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.  (2)  He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry.  (3)  He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”  (4)  Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, Continue reading “A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 3”

A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 2

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LITERARY CONTEXT

The beginning of the passage starts with Eze 37:1 which states that the hand of the lord was upon Ezekiel which is the indication that the vision was about to begin. Previous to our scripture God explains to Ezekiel what has happened and why the nation of Israel had been punished. God explained his wrath against the nation using this illustration Eze 36:17  “Son of man, when the house of Israel was living in their own land, they Continue reading “A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 2”

A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 1

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A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones

(Ezekiel 37:1-14)

An exegetical writing by: Christopher M. Flees

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………… Part 1

            ORIENTATION AND CONTEXT……………………………………. Part 1

                        SIGNIFICANCE OF TEXT…………………………………… Part 1

                        HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL SETTING……………………. Part 1

                        LITERARY CONTEXT………………………………………    Part 2 Continue reading “A Rebirth Through The Valley of Dry Bones – Part 1”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 6

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APPLICATION

In the beginning of this passage, we see the genuine concern that all the believers in the early church had for one another. Today, it appears that many people in our society could care less about the person next door to them let alone down the street or in the community at large. The early church is the model in which we derive our church from today, but it appears in some cases that we forgot the lessons that are founders based everything they did on, that is caring for the physical as well as the Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 6”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 5

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The deception of Ananias and Sapphira

In contrast to the example of Barnabas were Ananias and Sapphira. This married couple evidentially had participated in the Christian community enjoying the benefits of being in fellowship with their fellow Christians. When the time came and the need arose for them to sell their property, they withheld a portion of the sale and lied about what they had received from the sale of the property. Ananias and Sapphira were not required to give any of the sales to the church; however, they did with a lie. Ananias and Sapphira were, in effect, trying to rob God. When Ananias had thrown the money at Peter’s feet, Peter proclaimed that “Satan had filled their hearts (5:3)” (NASB). Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 5”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 4

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 The Generosity of the Believers

The opening verse of the passage states that “everything was held in common (32)”NASB. This was not a political philosophy but rather the believer’s commitment to one another. Luke professes that no one in the community kept ownership of their property but had given it freely for the common good. The apostles “advocated voluntary sharing of possessions, not the abolition of ownership” (Kistemaker, 173). The Apostles encouraged but did not demand, the sharing of property. The notion that Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 4”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 3

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PRESENTATION OF TEXT

Scripture Passage

Act 4:31b-5:12 they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.  (33)  And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.  (34)  For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales  (35)  and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.  (36)  Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 3”

The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 2

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Literary Context

The beginning of the passage starts at Acts 4:31b-32 “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit  and began to speak the word of God with boldness and the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them” (NASB). Beginning with Continue reading “The Beginning of the Christian Church – Part 2”