“I Can Feel It In My Bones”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “I can feel it in my bones”? I know that I sometimes use that phrase especially when I want to convey my passion around God’s word and its truth. I want to soak it up, mediate in it, and just saturate my bones in God’s Word. I want to know God’s truth in my bones.
That statement is called an idiom and it used to metaphorically to describe a figurative, and sometimes literal, truth or event. It’s an expression of certainty that something is true, has happened, or will happen. In my case, it is symbolic of faith. I rely on the word of God as truth and believe all that it says.
In other words, as I read God’s truth “I can just feel it in my bones”.
In Ezekiel 37, God used the prophet Ezekiel to visit The Valley of Dry Bones and Ezekiel’s vision about these bones was about to reveal God’s truth. Ezekiel was to prophesy to the bones and tell the bones that God would make His breath enter them and they would come to life, just as in the creation of man when He breathed life into Adam ( Genesis 2:7). Ezekiel obeyed, the bones come together, flesh developed, skin covered the bones, breath entered them and thy stood up in a vast army. This vision symbolized the whole House of Israel that was then in captivity. Like unburied skeletons, the people were in a state of living death. All hopes were lost and they seemed to be cut off from God forever. The reviving of the dry bones signified God’s plan for Israel’s future restoration. Putting “breath” , by God’s Spirit, in the bones showed that God would not only restore them physically, but spiritually as well.
But there is another significant message in Ezekiel 37. Through God’s spirit and the use of bones we are pointed to the restoration of Israel through the leadership of David and a future Messiah. “My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statues. (Ezekiel 37:24) Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore”. (Ezekiel 37:28)
In the study of Ezekiel 37 the Greek words for bones is ‘ă·ṣā·mō·wṯ and for spirit wə·rū·aḥ. These same Greek words points exclusively to David in the Psalm and the following scriptures.
“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. (Ezekiel 37:1)
“So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones together, bone to its bone. (Ezekiel 37:7)
“Let me hear joy and gladness;
Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.” (Psalm 51:8)
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
And take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore me to the joy of your salvation,
And uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10-12)
Soak up God’s word in His spirit, let God restore you and feel it in your bones. ~ Amen :Y