Visions of Life from Joseph Taber on Vimeo.
1The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O LORD God, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus says the LORD God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.”
Thanks be to God
1When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
19And I will show portends in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 20The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
This is the Word of the LORD
Thanks be to God.
Following the Holy Spirit is like driving at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but with the faith that there’s something beyond our sight, you can make it the whole way home, one headlight beam at a time. Well, technically two beams…
I had always read Ezekiel’s response as a statement of faith. Some variation of “all things are possible for you, O LORD God, you know.” On this visit to Ezekiel’s Valley of Dry Bones, I wondered if perhaps Ezekiel is asking God if he knows how dead these bones are. “O LORD God, you know these bones are dry and dead, right?” Perhaps the familiarity of this story has overshadowed how scandalous the news of restoration is to the people of Israel. I think I like the vision of the very human Ezekiel reminding God of mortality, so that the restoration and hope which follow can be felt even more powerfully.
It will be scary to follow the Holy Spirit to where we are going. It will be scary. But we have come to worship and adore the LORD our God, and we know that God's Holy Spirit is moving through the world in powerful and life-giving ways. If we have the faith to follow God, speaking about God’s deeds of power in every manner as the Spirit gives us ability, we will find our souls filled with the breath of God and our bodies fed by Holy Manna from God's own hand.