The Word Does Something

[1] The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. [2] And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. [3] And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” [4] Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD…

[7] So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. [8] And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. [9] Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” [10] So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 

– Ezekiel 37:1-4, 7-10

The Spirit of the Lord sends Ezekiel to a valley of dry bones.  God asks Ezekiel if the bones can live.  Unsure of what to say, Ezekiel gives the only safe answer – “O Lord GOD, you know.”  God then commands Ezekiel to prophesy and he does.  At this time, Ezekiel does not believe in himself or his words, but he believes in the God who tells him to open up his mouth and speak.  As Ezekiel obeys, he finds that through the Word of the Lord, God raises the dead.

The Word of God is not simply information.  It is also power.  The Word does something.  We understand that even human words can create.  For example, when a bride and groom say, “I do,” they are not just communicating information.  Something actually happens.  A marriage that did not exist before comes into being.  Their lives are now tangibly and permanently different than they were.

In a similar way, the Word of God does something.  By His Word, God creates the world, makes everlasting promises, conveys actual blessing, reveals Jesus Christ, and raises the dead.  The Word tangibly transforms.

In light of this, the question becomes, “do I want to be transformed?”  If I do, I will sit at Jesus’s feet and listen.

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