I felt the powerful presence of the LORD, and his Spirit took me and set me down in a valley where the ground was covered with bones. He led me all around the valley, and I could see that there were very many bones and that they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal mean, can these bones come back to life?"
God said to me, "Mortal man, the people of Israel are like those bones. They say that they are dried up, without any hope and with no future. So prophesy to my people Israel and tell them that I, the LORD God, am going to open their graves. I am going to take them out and bring them back to the land of Israel. When I open the graves where my people are buried and bring them out, they will know that I am the LORD. I will put my breath in them, bring them back to life, and let them live in their own land. Then they will know that I am the LORD. I have promised that I would do this - and I will. I, the LORD, have spoken."
Ezekiel 37:1-3; 11-14
Ezekiel was a priest and prophet to God's people, about 600 years before Jesus was born in Nazareth. Among other reasons, because God's people had not made God more important than anything else in their lives, a foreign king sent many of them from their own country into exile. They ended up in the land of Babylon. There in Babylon, they were called Jews, because they were from Judah. In exile or captivity in Babylon, their captors treated the Jews kindly. Many of them trusted God would be faithful to his promises and give them new life.
- Who was Ezekiel? When did he live?
- Where were God's people living? Why?
- How were they treated?
- What did they believe God would do in their lives?
- How does God intend for us to live?
- What are some things that prevent us from living God's way?
- Why were God's people exiled to Babylon?
- What does "New Life" mean?
- Why do you think God's people are called "dry bones" in this story?
- Why does God choose people to help him?
- How does God's Holy Spirit help us?
- What are some ways we can be God's helpers?