The book of Ezekiel was written by the prophet bearing the same name, which means "God will strengthen." A Hebrew from the tribe of Levi, he was among the elite of Judah who were captured by Nebuchadnezzar and carried away to Babylon.
Ezekiel was speaking primarily to his fellow captives among the children of Israel. By this time in history, the 10 tribes of Israel had been so widely scattered among the surrounding nations that they seemed all but lost as a people. The tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi had just been conquered and carried away captive to Babylon. It looked as if their national identity was forever gone and they would never again return to their Promised Land.
On another level, this prophecy speaks about what God will do for spiritual Israel, which is the church today. An obvious theme of the vision is that God can resurrect dry bones--that He can give literal life to that which is dead and inanimate. It is a message that He can revive His people and turn them into a mighty army.
No matter how dried up and worthless you may feel, your life may appear, how dire a situation that you are in may seem or how dead in trespasses and sins you may be, God can restore you to life through His Word and Spirit.
In this week's message, we dive into this topic of “The Power of God’s Prophetic Word” to us today. It is my prayer for all of us to be completely surrendered to our Lord and position ourselves to experience the power of God’s spoken word to us as illustrated in the book of Ezekiel.