Text: “And He (the Lord) said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord, Thou knowest. Again He said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.”
Good morning, Christian saved by God’s grace! Of ourselves, we are and always have been, and always shall be - NOTHING. We had absolutely no desire to hear the voice of God, nor to be a part of His Body, the church worldwide and international. Yet, by His Sovereign grace alone; through God-given faith alone; given by His grace alone, you and I are Eternally saved. Wow! Hallelujah! What a gracious Saviour!
Verse 4. “The voice of the Lord is powerful. As the voice of God in nature is so powerful, so is it in grace; the reader will do well to draw a parallel, and he will find much in the Gospel which may be illustrated by the thunder of the Lord in the tempest. See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. If His voice be thus mighty, what must His hand be!” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 142)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Nothing in God’s original Creation was created without God’s voice - the Word of God. Likewise, nothing concerning the Eternal Salvation of our souls was regenerated within us, except by that same Divine Word of God being proclaimed. Thanks be to God.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
“Chaos knows not how to resist Thee, it hears Thy voice obediently, but the obdurate heart repels Thee, and Thy mighty voice too often calls to it in vain. Thou art not so great and wonderful in creating worlds out of nothing as Thou art when Thou dost command a rebel heart to arise from its abyss of sin, and to run in the ways of Thy commandments.” (J.B. Massillon 1663-1742)
The heart of fallen mankind is totally depraved. Only a fool would refuse to acknowledge the fact that Adam’s fall into sin in Eden’s Garden was a fall into total depravity, not merely a partial fall from grace, that would leave some yearning for Spiritual fellowship with his Creator Lord. When Adam/Eve disobeyed God’s commandment - all Creation reeled under God’s curse for sin; all future generations of mankind would be born of woman, fallen, in the image of fallen Adam, as opposed to the sinless image of his Creator Lord God. That is why we ‘…must be born again…’!
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who (but God Himself) can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try (test) the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
Yet, the Lord God takes the initiative to go seeking His fallen creature, like the story of the Prodigal son in Luke chapter 15:, “…when he (the Prodigal son) was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20) Now, this is what I call ’Sovereign grace’! Hallelujah!
“Man became God’s enemy wantonly, without the slightest offence given on God’s part, but man did not make advances towards reconciliation, or express regret because peace was broken. The first overtures for peace are not made by man the offender, but by our aggrieved and offended God…Reconciliation of man to his Maker is never achieved by man, but is the work of God from first to last, and to God must be all the glory.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Expository Encyclopaedia, Minister’s Redemption, page 9)
Today, throughout the nations that have been utterly blessed by the proclamation of the glorious Gospel of Christ and Him Crucified for sinners - millions have now turned their ears and their hearts away from the One true God, Jehovah, and His dear Son, Jesus Christ. Apostasy reigns where once Scriptural truth presided - as the full filth of Sodom is exalted throughout our sin-sick societies, and political leaders wallow in the mire of corruption and immoral sleaze. Only the thunder of God’s voice can awaken our nations once more from the Eternal sleep of Hell’s doom that is upon our people.
Verse 4. “The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The King of kings speaks like a king. As when a lion roareth, all the beasts of the forest are still, so is the earth hushed and mute while Jehovah thundereth marvellously.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 142)
“Oh may the evangelical ‘Boanerges’ so cause the glorious sound of the Gospel to be heard under the whole heaven that the world may again be made sensible thereof; before the voice of the Son of Man, which hath so often called sinners to repentance, shall call them to judgement.” (George Horne 1730-1792)
Thought: You and I are the Lord’s evangelists - let us renew our efforts to be the voice of God; proclaiming boldly the glorious Gospel of Jesus the risen Christ.