Devotionals by Dr. John Ankerberg

December 10

Ezekiel 35Revelation 2:18-29

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord [Ezek. 37:4].

This is something rather ironical and even humorous. I have always insisted that God has a sense of humor, and here is an illustration of that. If you can't see where it's funny, that's all right—just pass it by. But imagine Ezekiel now as God says to him, "Prophesy on these bones. Start out by saying, ‘O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.'" I have a notion Ezekiel said, "Now, Lord, you really don't mean for me to start talking to these dry bones here! The man with the white coat and the net will be out looking for me if I do that!" Really, that isn't a very good sermon introduction is it? No preacher would begin by saying to his Sunday morning congregation, "Oh, you dry bones!" A friend of mine (who also has a good sense of humor) said to me, "You know, I have a congregation with which I'd like to begin as Ezekiel did—the bones I speak to are as dry as Ezekiel's—but I don't dare do that."

Ezekiel is looking out on this valley filled with dry bones, and he's to speak to them.… Ezekiel is to say to these bones, "I want you to hear what God has to say."

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee. 

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