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The Lenten Journey 2015 – Hope In the Valley of Dry Bones

images-3Ezekiel 37:1-8

Imagine the discouraging sight Ezekiel was taken to witness—remnants of death. What had probably been a great army had been reduced to heaps of fleshless bones. There were very many bones. These bones were scattered over the area in a disorderly fashion. The bones were very dry having lain exposed in the heat of the desert. There was absolutely no evidence of life before Ezekiel’s eyes. As Ezekiel looked over the scene he must have compared it to the desperate condition of the nation of Israel in their Babylonian captivity. The Jews were scattered among the provinces of the Babylonian empire, living under the domination of pagan rulers. To their captors it must have seemed that the nation of Israel was dead never to rise again.

God posed a question to Ezekiel, “can these bones live? In that question, God issued a challenge to Ezekiel: Facing a situation in which any possibility of recovery seems to have perished will you keep your faith and hope in me? This challenge required more than wishing, more than positive thinking. Ezekiel was called to work! He was called to prophesy the word of the Lord in a place where no one would hear. Ezekiel was not to wait until the situation changed he was to continue his work even though the prospect of success was dismal. The possibility of resurrection rested in the power of God to do the impossible. The HOPE of resurrection was directly linked to Ezekiel’s faithfulness and obedience to God.

How about the dry bones in your life? Do you evaluate a situation solely on temporal factors? Are you willing to keep your faith and hope in God? Resurrection is possible because of God’s power. “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)

Rev. Anne Ribbins Russ
Calvary Hill Baptist Church
Cleveland, OH
Email: ansylrr@aol.com



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  1. Davey Birt says:

    Let the church say AMEN!!! I thank God for your word Rev. Russ.

  2. Eld PBroadnax says:

    Wonderful Word! Thanks you!

  3. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Rev. Anne Ribbins Russ
    I truly enjoying reading your Lenten Season message, May God continue to bless you and thank you for sharing.

  4. Beverly Washington says:

    Thank you for that right on time word!

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