Eze 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
Eze 37:2 He led me to and fro among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.
Eze 37:3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
Eze 37:4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
Eze 37:5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
Eze 37:6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”
Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
Eze 37:8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Eze 37:9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’”
Eze 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Speaking on June 16, 1864, under the auspices of The British Society for the Propagation of
the Gospel amongst the Jews, during the course of a message based upon Ezekiel 37:1-10, C.H. Spurgeon said:-
‘Israel is now blotted out from the map of nations; her sons are scattered far and wide; her
daughters mourn beside all the rivers of the earth. Her sacred song is hushed; no king reigns in
Jerusalem; she bringeth forth no governors among her tribes. But she is to be restored; she is to
be restored “as from the dead.” When her own sons have given up all hope of her, then is God
to appear for her. She is to be reorganized; her scattered bones are to be brought together.
There will be a native government again; there will again be the form of a body politic; a state
shall be incorporated, and a king shall reign. Israel has now become alienated from her own
land. Her sons, though they can never forget the sacred dust of Palestine, yet die at a hopeless
distance from her consecrated shores, but it shall not be so for ever, for her sons shall again
rejoice in her: her land shall be called Beulah, for as a young man marrieth a virgin so shall her
sons marry her. “I will place you in your own land,” is God’s promise to them. They shall again
walk upon her mountains, shall once more sit under her vines and rejoice under her fig-trees.
And they are also to be re-united. There shall not be two, nor ten, nor twelve, but one-one
Israel praising one God, serving one king, and that one king the Son of David, the descended
Messiah. They are to have a national prosperity which shall make them famous; nay, so
glorious shall they be that Egypt, and Tyre, and Greece, and Rome, shall all forget their glory in
the greater splendor of the throne of David. The day shall yet come when all the high hills shall
leap with envy, because this is the hill which God hath chosen, when Zion’s shrine shall again
be visited by the constant feet of the pilgrim; when her valleys shall echo with songs, and her
hill-tops shall drop with wine and oil. If there be meaning in words this must be the meaning of
this chapter. I wish never to learn the art of tearing God’s meaning out of his own words. If
there be anything clear and plain, the literal sense and meaning of this passage-a meaning not to
be spirited or spiritualized away-must be evident that both the two and the ten tribes of Israel
are to be restored to their own land, and that a king is to rule over 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
Eze 37:11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’
Eze 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
Eze 37:13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.
Eze 37:14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”
Eze 37:15 The word of the LORD came to me:
Eze 37:16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Ephraim’s stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.’
Eze 37:17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
Eze 37:18 “When your countrymen ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’
Eze 37:19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand— and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
Eze 37:20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on
Eze 37:21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.
Eze 37:22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
Eze 37:23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offences, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Eze 37:24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees.
Eze 37:25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there for ever, and David my servant will be their prince for ever.
Eze 37:26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them for ever.
27 My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
28 Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them for ever.’”