Skye Burcham 04th Jan 2015 (Ezekiel 37:1-13)

Skye Burcham, January 4, 2015
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

"Can these bones live"?
Introduction: New Year's Resolution. Something that you throw out into the air, but never do it. Happy for 2014 to be over and 2015 to begin.
Eze 37:1-3. Valley of dry bones. The question today: can these bones live? Dried up hopes.
Tip of the iceberg personal testimony.
Rev 1:18 "I am the living one. I was dead, but I am alive forever". No other religious leader claims they were dead, but now alive and hold the keys to death and hades. Logic tells you one thing, but God trancends your logic. God's version of "over" is different to ours! It's not over until God says "it's over". We don't serve a "some day" kind of God. If your sitting here and feel that your life is shattered and your dreams are broken, discover God's view.
vs 4. I will make breath enter you and come to to life. The bones came together - bone to bone. If your life this morning seems like hopes and dreams - God can put these together. Sometimes we've tried so hard, hoped so hard, prayed so hard, but God hasn't come to the party, nothing left to give. That's when we need to call for backup, connection, someone who will walk with you and back you up.
Story about backup.
Matthew 18:19-20. One man can chase 1000, two men can chase 10,000.
vs 9. Prophesy to the breath ... They stood up on their feet, a vast army. What do you see when you look at your life? What does God see? God doesn't see what is, but what can be. God saw a vast army, not dry bones.
vs 11. These bones are the people of Israel ... going to open graves and bring them up from them, put my Spirit in you and you will live.

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Ezekiel 37:1-13

1The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6And 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. 7So 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. 8And 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. 9Then 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. 10So 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. 11Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 12Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, (KJV)

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