An exceeding great army

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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 army.
Ezekiel 37:10

I know how easy it is to focus on and despair over the number of dry bones. But I also know that is not the final story of God and God’s people. So I want to give you some promises and reassurances from Ezekiel 37 today. They’re promises on which you can bet your life and future – and it would be a good bet.

Ten times God promises to do something about the dry bones, even to the point of repeating God’s self:

“I will cause breath to enter you”;
“I will lay sinews on you”;
I “will cause flesh to come upon you”;
I will “cover you with skin”;
I will “put breath in you”;
“I am going to open your graves”;
I am going to “bring you up from your graves”;
“I will bring you back to your land”;
“I will put my spirit within you”; and
“I will place you on your own soil.”
Ten times God promises life and wholeness. Ten times God promises return and homecoming. Ten times God promises that the dry bones of this valley are not our final reality. Throughout those ten promises – at the beginning, the middle, and the end – God says, “and you shall live.” “You shall live” is the river of reassurance that flows through the valley of dry bones.

God says it three times: “And you shall live”;
“And you shall live”;
“And you shall live.”
Those promises and reassurances are the path we walk in this valley. So the next time you read the numbers in the news, the next time your get scared, the next time you feel anxious and overwhelmed, remember those other numbers, ten and three. Remember God’s promises. Remember God’s reassurances. You and all that concerns you are becoming a great and exceeding great army!

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