The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”
Ezekiel is taken to a place of death – a valley of bleached white dry bones. Pieces scattered here and there, disconnected from each other.
God instructs him to prophesy to the bones.
They came together as whole skeletons but no life was in them.
Then flesh and sinews came on them but no life was in them.
Whole bodies but they continued to be as dead as when Ezekiel first arrived in the valley.
Then God told him to prophesy to the wind and the breath of life entered each one, which stood and lived.
As Christians, we face the dead every day – those dead in trespasses and sin. We can talk to them but they don’t live. We can work with them but they don’t live. We can eat lunch with them but they don’t live.
We must prophesy the word of God to them for them to live. We must speak of Jesus for them to live.
Only the breath of God, that is, the Spirit of God can cause the dead in sin to live! Only you can speak life to the dead.