WEEK OF MAY 20, 2018

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

God's judgement for the disobedience of the Southern Kingdom, or Judah, had come. In 597 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon defeated Judah and hauled its people to Babylon, which began their 70 years of Babylonian Captivity. Ezekiel was included in the captives, and God turned to him to be a messenger to the captive people during the early part of their captivity. Being a captive in a foreign country can be draining, especially if you are the children of the ones who caused the captivity to take place. As a consequence, you might feel forsaken by God.

It is this picture of being forsaken that God presents to Ezekiel: a large valley filled with dry bones. And God’s question to Ezekiel: can these bones live? In a vision, God then instructs Ezekiel to speak to these bones, and as he does, the bones start to rattle and come together, then sinews, then muscle, then flesh, until there is a vast army of people lying there but with no breath in them. When God tells Ezekiel to command the breath, the Spirit, to come into them, He does, and the bodies become a vast army of living people. That was the message that God wanted Ezekiel to convey to the people of Judah in captivity: God would indeed restore them to life, and use them as His people and messengers (army). We see some of this in Acts 2 on Pentecost, but also wherever the Spirit brings new life today.

Read Ezekiel 37:1-14

Head
What is your favorite part of this story?

How cool would this have been to see?! Dead things coming back to life in service of God!

How did the ‘breath’ serve an important function in the story?

Heart
How do these bones represent our lives?

How does this help us see the Trinity at work in our lives?

How does God breathing the breath into your "dead" life give you the encouragement and to love others and be his disciple in the world around you?

Hands
Listen to Lauren Daigle’s song “Come Alive (Dry Bones)”

Read Galatians 3:25-29

Individually:
Take time to pray asking God to help you ignore the little stuff Satan whispers into your life and asking him to remind you that you are a "chosen, redeemed child of God" (Galatians 3:26) and His disciple into the world around you.

As a family:
Take time to pray for a specific person in your life who needs to be encouraged that they are loved by Jesus.