TEXT: Ezekiel 37: 1-10
OUTLINE: Ezekiel’s vision of ‘Valley of Dry Bones’, in relation to the judgment of Israel.
CONTENT: Ezekiel was chosen by God as a prophet or watchman to Jerusalem, because they had been disobedient and thus punished with desolation; some were taken captive to Babylon, and were too despondent to do anything about it; those left, too distraught to rebel. Psalm 137
expresses their feeling in a strange land.
Ezekiel brought a message of hope and inspiration to them. To those in exile, he told them God
was not dead, and that they were no longer living in a distinguished community but minor obscurity. They would have to make sacrifices and reconstitute.
How do we relate to this transition on our churches’ anniversary day? Those of the Jewish Faith had to rethink and reconstruct. We too have to improve on what we have done; find new ways to do things; stop dreaming of what we do not have; do not be like the dry bones but speak life. Revitalize and reconstitute carefully and spiritually. Verse 6. Each individual need to be revived, every leader, every committee must develop new zeal, faith and hope. Examine your prayer life; pray for and with one another to impact new life. Don’t forget your History, or from whence you
came; remember those who established the ‘Ebenezer Wesleyan Methodist Church’. God is able. In the past those folks went through hard times of recession etc. but made it through. The challenge remains before us, our spiritual and corporate lives in times like these are tried. We are
called to hard work.
THOUGHT: “Come Lord, revive us again; make us the people you called us to be’’.
–Rev Ian Straker