Ezekiel 37:14: “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life and I will place you in your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’”
The 37th chapter of the book of Ezekiel began with God showing the prophet a valley full of dry bones, and God asking a question: can these bones live (Ezekiel 37:1-14)?
The question should not even arise, except God is involved. Sensibly, what you think of dry bones, is not whether they would live again. They are relics of the past with no promise of the future. You don’t expect anything from the bones, except to add manure to the floor. And at best, to be properly buried, out of sight and out of mind.
But impossible is not in God dictionary, with the supernatural input to the equation. When God is involved expect the unexpected, natural laws gets suspended, time gets reversed, the future gets fast tracked, the imagined in delivered in 3D, via the spoken word.
When God is involved, unlimited power is made available. So for there to be hope for the dry bones, it has to be God. So we hear what Ezekiel answered when God asked, can this bones live? He said: Lord you know. Ezekiel was saying, “This is beyond me.” But he was spiritual sensible enough not to say that it is impossible, not to say it was beyond God.
When Elisha by the hand of God upon him said that a long-term famine in Israel will become history within 24hours, someone thought it was beyond God. And when what God said came to pass, he did not experience it, because he passed on to the world beyond (2Kings 7).
When God is involved, there is no limit. When God is involved there is no full stop, except he puts it. With him, there is no impossibility; there is no limit to transformation.
And through a series of declarative words from the mouth of Ezekiel as commanded by God, there came forth a mighty army from the dry bones, a mighty united force of an army, ready to move and make advances. They came to life by the working of the wind of God, the Spirit of God.
That same Spirit which mediated the creation of the world. We saw him in the first verses of the book of Genesis as a movement on the face of the deep. Then a few verses later a radical change had come upon the earth, everything was in luscious boisterous order, and man was put in the garden which God prepared. The Holy Spirit’s movement made it possible, making things to be in order, far removed from the darkened disorder in verse two.
It is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit to bring order in disorder. That is the direction in which he moves. And he works with those who are order-oriented, people who are prepared, who are peace oriented (Matthew 5:9), who order their path in line with him (Psalm 50:23).
He operated when there is unity. When you are united with God, he can work in and through your life. The mighty way in which he worked through Jesus was because of the absolute oneness he expressed with the father.
The working of the Holy Spirit in the creation of the world was possible because of the unity which exists in the trinity. And we read in the book of psalms that “how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. It was likened to the oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit [Acts 10:38]) on top of the head of Aaron that flows down his beard and skirt. There the Lord command his blessing (Psalm 133).” The manifestation of the Spirit is the definition of blessing. The bible says that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given for the benefit (blessing) of all (1Corinthians 12:1-21). And that only happens in an atmosphere of unity. Unity is order.
When Elijah set the broken down altar of God in order upon Mount Carmel, set the woods in order together with the animal for the sacrifice, which was when the fire (a symbol of the Holy Spirit [Acts 2:1-2]) came from God to consume the sacrifice (1Kings 18:30-40). It was when the 120 disciples stood together in one accord that the fire of the Holy Spirit came on them, and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and turned into sharp threshing instruments (Isaiah 41:13-16), to cut people into the kingdom of God. They became a united force empowered by the Holy Spirit.
And when the Holy Spirit spoke forth for the release of Paul and Barnabas into their first missionary journey, the teachers and prophets in Antioch were together praying and fasting, ministering to God (Acts 13:1-4).
When Solomon finished the temple and everything was out in order, the glory of God filled the temple. The presence of God was manifested when order is set (1Kings 8:1-13).
There is no life without the Spirit, he is called the Spirit of life (Romans 8:1-2), the capacity to cause life to spring up, to cause changes to happen, to animate.
Not recognising God as the creator and giving him his due, man became unplugged from the life of God as matter of choice, and death which is the absence of life, became the normal experience.
And to get plugged back to God, for us to come alive again, man having lost his place are the ruler of this world/age to the devil, Jesus had to leave his place, get joined to us and when he goes back to his eternal place of glory as God the Word, he takes with him to seat at the right hand of majesty, plugged back into the life of God, the presence of God, the place of heavenly dominion.
The bible says concerning Jesus that he will branch out from where he is (heaven) and build the house of God (church) (Zechariah 6:12). He will branch out and be the vine of God (John 15:1-6), we become the branches, we become grafted into him (Romans 11:17-20). Growing wildly before now but now connected to life. John wrote that God has given us eternal life and that life is hidden in his Son and he who has the Son has life (1John 5:11-12), and he who does not have the Son does not have life.
All there is to do is to elevate the Son of God, Jesus, and everything else is taken care of. Jesus said: if I be lifted up I will draw all men to me (John 12:32). He also said that we can come to him to have life, abundant life, saying the enemy came to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
In Christ we come to life, we become rejuvenated, in his presence we become enlivened. He said that the word he speaks are Spirit and life (John 6:63), they covey the Spirit, and they impact life.
What we need is to repent and recognise him for who he is. After some years with the disciples Philip asked that Jesus show him the father, but he said: if you have seen me you have seen the father because I and the father are one (John 14:8-11).
It was the Father who sent the son to the earth to represent him, to give a true picture of him, to perform the rescue operation for humanity. Paul said that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself (2Corinthians 5:18-21). Through Christ, through his sacrifice, he discarded his anger against us because of our sin and chose to embrace us as his adopted children through Christ.
He sees us in the same light as he sees the son, when we have faith in him (Romans 8:14-17). Faith therefore becomes the right channel for us to come to life, to reconnect with the tree of life.
Jesus is the answer to all our needs. He straddles earth and heaven said after the resurrection that all power in heaven and on earth is given to him (Matthew 28:18-20), and he gave the believers to go into all the world to help others to believe in him. Once they shift over to the channel of faith in him, they come alive.
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- Led by the Spirit (catholicdevotionalforyouth.wordpress.com)
- A Lesson in Hermeneutics Matthew 15:21-39 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
- Monday (May 26): “When the Counselor comes, the Spirit of truth” (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Living with the Holy Spirit (prayersofmysoul.wordpress.com)