Newsletter  Vol 15, Nos 7 & 8    July/August 2006

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Speaking Boldly
The New Baby

Dry Bones and Israel's Restoration

Ezekiel 37 was written in the time of the destruction of the First Commonwealth of Israel in the Promised Land. This was concluded with the last Babylonian deportation and the destruction of Israel in 586 B.C. However, the situation of Israel after the "Shoah", the destruction of European Jewry (1940-1945), more precisely fits the description in Ezekiel. The terrible circumstance of Israel the scene describes is only temporary. What follows is the redemption of Israel and the nations.

Note the contrast; Israel says of her condition: "Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone. We are cut off." Ezekiel 37:11

But God says through the prophet: "Oh my people, I will open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel ... 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 forever. My dwelling place will be with them. I will be their God and they will be my people. Then the nations will know that I make Israel Holy." Ezekiel 37:12, 26-28

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All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicted, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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