Book of the Prophet
Compiled by WD Kemner
Chapter 37 Overview -
Valley of Dry Bones
vision of a valley of dry bones
Chapter 37 verses 1-10
The hand of the LORD was upon me,
and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst
of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round
about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they
were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And
I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon
these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus
saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter
into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring
up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye
shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
So I prophesied as I was commanded:
and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones
came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the
flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no
breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto
the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that
they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into
them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great
to illustrate to the people the rebirth of the Jews.
Chapter 37 verses 11-14
Then he said unto me, Son of man,
these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are
dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore
prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I
will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and
bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD,
when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your
graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall
place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken
it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
of the vision. Physical
rebirth of the Jewish people as a nation. They believe themselves to be
dead, but they are not.
Chapter 37 verses 15-23
The word of the LORD came again unto
me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon
it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take
another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for
all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into
one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.
And when the children of thy people
shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by
these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the
stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel
his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and
make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
And the sticks whereon thou writest
shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the
Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the
heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and
bring them into their own land:
And I will make them one nation in
the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them
all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided
into two kingdoms any more at all: Neither shall they defile themselves any
more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of
their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places,
wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my
people, and I will be their God.
Jews will be one nation again. United as one. Not the split countries of
Judah and Israel.
Chapter 37 verses 24-28
And David my servant shall be king
over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my
judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in
the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have
dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and
their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their
Moreover I will make a covenant of
peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will
place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of
them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be
their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I
the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of
them for evermore.
seen previously in chapter 34, there is once again the promise of David to
once again sit as king over the Jews. A reminder of the covenant that he is going
to re-issue with His people. The dwelling of God (His Tabernacle) will once
again be in place among His chosen people.