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Watching Patterns: Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones

Patterns. Watching patterns. When we look across the course of the thousands of years over which Holy Spirit inspired prophets and apostles wrote down the pictures being imparted to them by the very Spirit of all that has ever been, is now, or ever will be true, we do ourselves a great service if we watch the consistent patterns of their language in their written records because the word and language patterns in the writings tell us something.

When we talk about being the ‘echo’ of God in the earth (see Blog 58) we can do so because of the consistent theme laid down in scripture.

Watching, we see a pattern emerging and it is an important one.

But let me illustrate this for you further with the prophet Ezekiel's vision of the valley of dry bones. Please watch carefully the pattern shown as God speaks, Ezekiel hears, then Ezekiel speaks and a creation takes place;

The hand of the LORD was on me, and carried me in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down right in the middle of a valley overflowing with bones and caused me to circle completely around them. And as I looked there were so many in the valley I thought they couldn't ever be numbered, and they were all very, very dry.

And He said to me, 'Son of man, tell me what you think. Can these bones live?' And I said, 'Oh, Lord God...what do You think?’

Then He said to me, 'Prophesy (under the influence of My Spirit, speak) upon these bones, and you say to them, 'Oh you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. This is what the Lord GOD says to these bones, 'Pay careful attention, I will cause breath to enter into you and you will live, and I will lay sinews on you, and bring up flesh on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you will live, and you will know, I am the LORD.'

So, I prophesied just like I was instructed, and as I spoke under the influence of His Spirit, I heard a musical sound (a singing sound) of lightness and joy, and then a frightful shaking as things began to move and rearrange, reorder and take new form, and bone (pieces of physical substance and structure) became properly associated with bone.

Then I just watched as it all began happening, I saw sinews (connective threads), and muscle appeared on them and skin spread over them, but there was no breath (animating spirit) in them.

Then He said to me, 'Prophesy to the wind, prophesy son of man, and say to the wind, 'This is what the Lord GOD says, 'Come from the four winds, Oh Spirit, and blow upon these dead, causing and restoring within them their very life.

So, I prophesied just like I was instructed, and the Spirit came into them and they lived and they stood upon their feet upon the ground, and they were an overwhelmingly great, valiant, efficient, powerful, and substantive army” (Ezekiel 37:1-10).

Did you see the repeating pattern?

The hand of the LORD is on him, he is carried to a place by the Spirit of the LORD that is a valley of death, and a dialog takes place between the two regarding what the Spirit has brought to the man’s attention in which Ezekiel wisely defers to what God has to say regarding the situation.

The LORD then tells him what words to speak and a literal substance transforming miracle takes place as the son of a man speaks as one with the words he has received from God.

How beautiful is it that a joyful sound is heard as he speaks and how frightening it is when the whole world in front of him begins to shift in response to the words as all the right pieces miraculously find one another, and at one point all Ezekiel can do is stand in awe and watch as the words do the work.

Ezekiel in conjunction with hearing and becoming the echo voice of God becomes the co-participant in an incredible event.

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