As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
The Giver of Life
In Ezekiel chapter 37, we read that the LORD took the prophet Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones. After leading him back and forth among piles of lifeless bones, the LORD asked him a question. “Can these bones live?”
The physical images were meant to impress spiritual truths about the people to whom Ezekiel prophesied. Physically, they were alive. Spiritually, they were dead. The Word of God in today’s reading relates the same spiritual truths without a trip to a valley of dry bones. Ever since sin entered the world, people are born physically alive, yet spiritually dead in transgressions and sins. “Can these bones live?’
Ezekiel answered, “You know, Sovereign LORD.” Yes, the LORD knows, and he commanded his prophet to proclaim God’s life-giving Word over that valley. The power of the Word was amazing. The valley of death transformed into a valley of life. The dead were made alive!
Once again, the physical images impressed spiritual truths. The LORD raised the dead to life through the power of his Word. Ephesians chapter 2 shares the same power of God’s Word in our own lives. God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ!
“Can these bones live?” God asked Ezekiel this question for the prophet’s benefit and for our benefit. Our gracious and merciful God wants us to know that he is the giver of life—physical life, spiritual life, and eternal life. Find life and gracious love in God through his powerful Word!
Lord God, you are the giver of life. Use your powerful Word to comfort me with your great love, to strengthen me in the new life you have given me, and encourage me in proclaiming your life-giving Word to others. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions