January 1– God’s Eternal Covenant of Peace

Read Ezekiel 37

In Ezekiel 37 we have a vivid picture of God’s plan for Israel depicted through what God showed the prophet Ezekiel.  We are told that the dead dry bones Ezekiel saw on the valley floor were the whole house of Israel, but they are cut off, dead, and without hope.  At God’s direction Ezekiel prophesied to the bones and they reassembled in an amazing miracle and became a living army once again.  We know that in the end all people will be resurrected once again, however the bible tells us that some will be resurrected to eternal life while others to ultimate death.  The fact that these bones returned to life, while miraculous, does not offer much hope since we are unaware of their eternal standing before God.

Next, Ezekiel is told to join two halves of two sticks together before the people.  One half represented Judah, and the other half represented Joseph.  God said that his servant David would rule over the united Israel.  David however at the time of this book’s writing was already dead.  So God was not referring to David himself but David’s descendant…Jesus.  Then in verses 26-27 God said “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.”

Jesus ultimately will be the fulfillment of God’s covenant.  He will be the one who will establish  the peace which will allow the dry bones to live eternally in unity with the Father.  Jesus himself spoke of this covenant in Matt 26:28 when he said “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  Only Jesus can make dry bones live again, only Jesus can through His Spirit bring spiritual renewal to our dried out souls, and only Jesus  could purchase the peace with God that we now may enjoy when we trust in Him.

The lesson of the dry bones is that ultimate peace may only be found in Jesus.

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