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Explain Ezekiel 37

A friend of mine believes that EZEKIEL 37 (valley of the dry bones) is to be taken literally!!! He thinks that the bones to be raised out of their graves are the ( blinded) Jews that died since the time of JESUS. Comments please-

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Ezekiel 37 could also refer to God's ability and power to give spiritual life to people who were dead in trespasses and sins. Man would say there is no hope. God says, See what I can do! The old covenant was death, and God promised to give a new covenant to them, writing His law in their hearts, making them alive from the dead. In this sense we all are as "dry bones" before Jesus found us and we received His gift. We may look upon so and so as being beyond hope, yet Jesus says, Behold My power!
---Wayne87 on 3/14/08

I am 100% percent in agreement with your friend, I take it literally.

Though I do not know a whole lot about zombies, some maids that have worked for me from Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobego, have told me they have actually witnessed them.

Well my thought is that the Devil can not do alot of things, unless he learned how to do it in Heaven first, after all, that is where he was first raised.

I do not put any thing past God.
---Cynthia_1 on 3/28/07

Tell your friend that it is not a literal resurrection of physical people, but a symbol of the resurrection of the nation of Israel. The people of Israel were scattered at the time, taken captive and re-located to different places. God promised that He would bring the Israeli nation together again. That's what this vision of Ezekiel means.
---Ann5758 on 3/28/07

Surviving Goshen & many other places of exile & persecution to WWII & present, Israel as a people were dead or dried up with no life as a nation, until the Balfour Declaration of 1917 put some breath, sinews, etc into the Jewish people, laying the foundation for them as a a nation. Bone to bone til May 1948 when Israel officially became 'one' undivided nation again as it is today, never again to be divided forever [Gen.49:10], according to the scriptures. Hence, a spiritual example of a prophetic truth.
---Bob6749_[Elishama] on 1/9/06

It was a literal historical event, and it was a prophecy representing what God will do for his people in the future. This passage cannot be about Jews dying in their sins, and then God raising them to restoration, for that's unrighteousness. But Resurrection will happen, just as the scriptures and Jesus Christ has prophesied.
---Eloy on 1/3/06

3. he will be able to respond to God and know He is God. A great demonstration of what God's word does through the disciple when witnessing to someone. Without God's word those dead souls remain the same as the dry bones would have if they had not been put together by God. The point wasn't what Ezekiel could do, but what God can do through us.
---Lupe2618 on 1/3/06

2. is a beautiful passage and does have much power. God revealed to us His meaning of the passage first, what happen at that time, but it also permitted us to understand how a lost dead soul is born again. If you notice, the application in order, 1.Ezekiel spoke to the bones and they came together, (when we speak God's truth to someone that is dead to God, God prepares the dead soul with His word) second, (God gives breath) and the person comes alive. After the person comes alive
---Lupe2618 on 1/3/06

Mima, my first year as Christian I read that verse and it revealed to me what Wayne has explain about the condition I was in and what had taken place in my conversion. Later as I began to learn more, I studied to make sure what the intrinsic meaning God wanted to convey to us in His word. Daniels explanation is the intrinsic meaning. We are to check what the intrinsic meaning is first and then see how we can apply it to our lifes. The application of salvation comes the closes. The passage
---Lupe2618 on 1/3/06

Mima, As usual, people never read enough Scripture to correctly interpret a phrase, sentence or in this case, part of a chapter! These verses(1-10) are essentially an introduction (perhaps 'interlude' is better; from chap.36) to what God says in vv.11 and following ("...these bones are all the house of Israel." and in v.12: "I will bring you to the land of Israel"). As others said: This (figuratively) speaks of re-uniting Israel after their defeat; and that already happened!
---Daniel on 1/1/06

The dry bones were raised up and God put life into them. Ez 37. The flesh came upon them, for God put his spirit into them, vs 14. Exekiel prophiesed to these dry bones, awake and they shall live. And they did. I would take it literally.
---Rebecca_D on 12/31/05

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