2018 10 07: Can These Bones Live?

What had become of God’s covenant with Israel?  Had it all come to nothing?  The ark of the covenant itself was gone!  Was that old story even true?  Now that we’ve walked through the great narrative of the Old Testament, you can see how these questions must have been on the minds of Ezekiel and Jeremiah and countless others, tramping off to exile and leaving their destroyed homeland behind.  …There spread out on the valley’s floor are the people of Israel, dead for so long that they’re nothing but dry bones.  They are very many; they are very dry.  And the Lord points out over the valley of bones and asks Ezekiel a question: “Mortal, can these bones live?”