“Again He said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 37:4-6
There are many teachings about Israel returning in this scripture, as the follow up verses would proclaim. There are also teachings about how this applies to the modern church as we have all but become dead in the Spirit, and we need someone to be the Voice of God again in these last days, to wake us up and bring the latter rain into our dead lives and raise us again a mighty army of the Lord. Those lessons are for another time.
Here we see the spoken word of the Lord God Almighty describing what is yet about to pass. It is matter of fact, and spoken as though it is already a done deal. He demonstrates that it is by the Word of God alone that all things are created and brought to life. It is by the Word of God that anything and everything happens. God is the One Who does the work, and all we are to do is obey His commands, no more, no less, and never do it without His leading. The prophet was told what to do, and what to say, and see now what the prophet therefore does.
“So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.” Ezekiel 37:7&8
Ezekiel does exactly what the Lord commanded to the letter, yet, not all of what God said He would do was accomplished. This is a great example of how the Lord has a plan for us, and His timing is perfect. Here, all things were not yet done, even though the Lord had spoken with authority as though they were. He is outside of our concept of time, and therefore He sees all things differently. The moment He spoke it, it was done in the Mind of GOD. Whether we see the results immediately, or even at all, we need only obey and then wait for, or perhaps ask for, the next thing He wishes from us. God does the work, God’s way and in God’s perfect timing, and we allow Him to use us through our obedience. Also, note that Ezekiel does not complain, nor does he point out to God that not all things are accomplished. He notices, as the scripture indicates, but he says nothing, for he has done as the Lord asks and does not question God. His mind on this is evident in the third verse of the chapter where God asks him, “Son of man, can these bones live?” and Ezekiel replies simply and honestly, “O Lord God, Thou knowest.” Ezekiel is not God, and he knows this, therefore believing God for all things, he admits falling short of understanding, only that he knows God knows. (Isaiah 55:9)
“Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” Ezekiel 37:9
God gives further instruction to the prophet as to what to do next. Please notice something of extreme importance. God told Ezekiel to speak to the bones, and that He would cause breath to enter into them, and such, yet the breath did not yet enter into them. This is not contradictory, nor was God untruthful here. The truth was spoken by God to Ezekiel, and the prophet to the bones. It simply was not yet fulfilled in totality. The next instruction to the prophet was to speak to the wind, that being a type of the Spirit. (Ezekiel 37:14) It would be the wind that places the breath into them, and the prophet was now prophesying to it to bring the rest of this plan of God to fruition.
“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.” Ezekiel 37:10
All that was done was done by God, to completeness. God Alone does the work and through the Holy Spirit is life. God wishes us to be involved, but through obedience to His Word and His Will, as He commands. The prophet was used by doing the job God called him to do, prophesy. The Lord made new creations out of those bones, and the Holy Spirit breathed His life into them to make them stand as His army. This is representative of Israel being brought back after all their transgressions which they had done, but more importantly is how God views it, and He tells us two chapters down the road.
“Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken” Ezekiel 39:8
God is faithful to fulfill His Promises, in His timing, and, to Him, they are already done. So, as He commands, obey and watch His mighty hands do the impossible, in the miraculous, perfectly, as, and when, He wills.