Gleanings from Ezekiel Chapter 37
As with the prophetic “son of man” of this dread and glorious chapter, so also are we, the “prophetic” people of God, required to be set down in the midst of a valley full of dry bones (See verses 1-2). Here one is required to dismiss all wishful thinking of things as we would like them to be, and to consider them rather as they in fact are, which is to say as God Himself sees them—indeed, as they must be seen—or we later forfeit any prophetic use by which these bones can be brought to life again. To be as God’s mouth, speaking the creative life-giving word, requires an identification with God that is total as against a begrudging condescension to a necessary obedience.
From the opening first verses of this text we perceive that the object of God’s intention is not Israel alone, however glorious her restoration (See Romans 11:15), but that of the “son of man”—a picture of the remnant church of the last days, in its full prophetic makeup and stature. What is more, it is brought to that condition by the very urgency that Israel, in her helpless death, requires from outside herself in the ultimate prophetic faith and obedience of the other. This theme of the reciprocal relationship between Israel and the church, by which the one is not made complete without the other, is the very heart of Paul’s discourse in Romans chapter 11, and alone explains the ecstatic language of praise with which the chapter concludes (vv.33-36); for the mystery of Israel is not only her restoration, but the transfiguration of the church obtained in being the agent of that restoration! Continue reading “The Necessary Death and Resurrection of Israel” »