Daily Devotions

God to open the graves, and put His Spirit into dead people!

Ezekiel 37:1-14

‘The LORD…carried me out…and set me down in…the valley…full of bones…. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?… Behold, I will cause Breath (or Spirit) to enter into you, and you shall live!”… So, I prophesied, as I was commanded…. And the Spirit came into them, and they lived!… Thus says the Lord GOD: “O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up…, and shall put My Spirit in you — and you shall live!”‘ Ezekiel 37:1-14.

This is a view of resurrection from the dead! Buried folk are here brought up alive, out of their graves. Cf. Job 14:13 & 19:25-27 and Isaiah 26:19 and Daniel 12:2-4.

The Lord of spirits, the Source and origin of all motorist powers revealed in creation, shall cause a motorist vital power or spirit to go into their dead bones. He shall here recreate through His Own ‘vital breath’ which filled the entire cosmos as His Brooding Spirit in Genesis 1:2; which fills all living creatures in Psalm 104:29-30; and which made man a ‘living soul’ in Genesis 2:7. Thus, God’s Spirit and Word similarly work in Ezekiel 37:5-14 — when the Lord would bring forth His people out of their graves!

The Breath in Ezekiel 37:14 needed to bring life into the vast multitude here being resurrected, must be furnished by the Spirit coming from Heaven. What is needed to make living men out of them, is God’s Breath in their nostrils. That which God Himself did to the first individual man when created (Genesis 2:7), is here accomplished by the universal life-giving Spirit of God. Throughout, it is the Breath or Spirit of God Who brings life back to those who are dead (Ezekiel 37:5,6,8,9,10,14).

The symbol of the wind breathing into the slain, is here explained. It is the Spirit of Jehovah Who gives life (Psalm 104:30). The Spirit of the Lord is here the life-giving Spirit and the regenerating Spirit — as in Ezekiel 36:27 & 37:14.

The hope that exists, is hope only in Jehovah. Jehovah is the true and living God, and there is none other. The work of redemption, is the work of Jehovah. Here, His restoration — is reanimation of the dead through His life-giving Spirit!

Calvin says in his Institutes II:6:3: “After discoursing…(on) this wondrous renovation, He says: ‘David My servant shall be king!… And they shall all have one Shepherd!’…(Ezekiel 37:24-26).

Calvin also says in his Psychopannychia: “It is not…difficult to refute their (the soulsleep Anabaptists’) objection, taken from Ezekiel 37:9 where the Prophet…calls the Spirit…to breathe upon the dry bones…. They think themselves entitled to infer that the soul of man is nothing else than the power…of motion without substance — a power…which may become evanescent at death…. But…it is easy to give the solution…. Ezekiel wished to give a distinct…bodily representation!”

God is to open the graves — and put His Spirit into dead people! Do you too so believe?