Lesson: 432 Lesson Name: Visions of Dry Bones
Theme: The New Birth / Future Events
Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14
Memory Verse: John 3:7
Memory Verse Text: Ye must be born again
Point 1: The vision comes from God. The hand of the Lord was upon him v1. What a disagreeable start. A valley of dry bones - very dry. No life, no hope humanly speaking. A picture of Israel in her sad state. The prophet responds in faith to the question of the Lord.
Point 2: God calls upon the prophet and gets him involved. "Hear the Word of the Lord" Here is the true source of all life in the One who spoke and it was done!
Point 3: There was a noise - something was happening. There was a shaking - things began to move at His Word. There was a joining and putting in order of these dismembered and scattered bones - God was showing him how he alone could produce true unity. Flesh and sinew and skin came up on the bones - Only the Lord can do this. And now there's a mighty army!
Point 4: All of this to show what God was going to do with His own people. Notice - all His work was in order that "ye shall know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it." God wanted them to know again Himself and His power.
Notes: Isaiah 66:6-9 speaks of the coming of the Lord before the actual birth pangs of Israel at the time of great tribulation, and telling of the day when the Israelite nation shall be born in a day. What a conversion that will be!
See also: Emblems and Pictures of the Holy Spirit.
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