Ezekiel 37: 1 14 Essay

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The valley of the dry bones
There are many translations of the Old Testament. Some use a more modern language that make it easier to read and understand, some used close to the original translation with words that many people would have to look up, and some have a happy medium of both the original text mixed with a modern translation to aid in understanding. Even though every bible is worded different the message stays the same with Ezekiel 37: 1-14. In this passage the prophet Ezekiel is having a vision. God has taken him to a valley full of dried out bones that have been scattered about. This is when God asks Ezekiel if he thinks the bones could live. Ezekiel is smart and answers ...view middle of the document...

What did it mean by “the hand.” Does it mean that a giant hand picked up Ezekiel and carried him away? Without proper examination this could sound like a crazy story, or gibberish. Today when people use the word “hand” they usually are referring to the physical hand on our bodies, but in the time of the Old Testament it did not always mean a physical hand. Many times “hand” was used as a metaphor or as a symbol for power[4]. This is what Ezekiel is referring to when he says “the hand of the lord come upon him.” He is saying that the power of the lord came to him and brought him to the valley of dry bones. The scribes did there best to put together and understand the bible but today we have researchers whose lives have been dedicated to understanding the literal meaning of the bible. They have dissected each and every book, chapter, and verse trying to tell us what the bible truly means. Unfortunately, even with all of this there is still no way of knowing everything the bible is saying, but we know a lot more then the scribes did.
Many of today’s experts agree that Ezekiel 37: 1-14 is a message of hope and restoration. The valley that god takes Ezekiel to is covered with bones. The passage tells us that these bones are scattered about, and have been dried up. God asks Ezekiel if he thinks the bones could live. Most people would look at the bones and say “heck no these bones cant live! They are all dried up!” but Ezekiel is smart and does not want to answer wrong. He tells God that only the lord could know if those bones could still live. This was a smart answer because if he had said “no” then it would seem like he had no faith in God to be able to bring the bones back to life, and if he had said “yes” then it would seem like he didn’t need God to bring these bones back. With the answer Ezekiel gave it was saying that these bones couldn’t live unless God wants them to. As the vision continues the bones get brought back, and parts get added until the once dried up bones are fully living humans. The bones are an analogy for the people of Israel, and god bring the bones back is a metaphor for how he is going to bring Israel back. This is shown to us throughout the passage.
In the passage God tells Ezekiel “the bones are the house of Israel. They have no hope, and they are all dried up.[5]” This makes it a little more obvious that the bones before in the vision are supposed to represent the people of Israel. Not only does it say “these bones are the house of Israel,” but it also describes the bones and Israel in a similar way. It tells us that the bones are dry and hopeless looking, and it also tells us that the people of Israel are without hope and dried up. This means that when God brings the bones back to life he is demonstrating what he is going to do with Israel. God is saying he will restore Israel and the rest of his people just like he did the to the valley of dried up bones[6].
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