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4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Saturday - February 12
If someone is dead can they do, earn or merit anything? Do they have any power or potential? Do they have the ability to do great things for the Kingdom of God? Or anything at all? I think we can all agree that the answer is an emphatic “NO!” That is one of the biggest problems with being dead. Jesus does not wait around for us to DO things or earn salvation. He has come to “catch us.” He is the fisherman. We are the dead fish. The dry bones are ours. Jesus shows up and starts speaking. Jesus has caught you in his mercy! Jesus has given you flesh and life. Jesus has raised you up to eternal life. Jesus has called you to go and “catch men.” They don’t have a choice (and neither do you!). They are dead fish, too. Catch them with the powerful, authoritative and life-giving word of Jesus. Forgive their sins!