God frequently called the prophet Ezekiel by the name “son of man.” In fact, He calls him this over 90 times in the book of Ezekiel. The “son of man” moniker was to remind Ezekiel that he was a human servant of the Lord God Most High. It also served to be a prophetic picture of Jesus that was to help Israel recognize Him as the Son of God. Of the many visions that God gave to Ezekiel, we looked at one in particular on Sunday.
God showed Ezekiel four things in the vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, found in Ez. 37.
God, by the power of the Spirit, put Ezekiel in the right place to see what He was going to do, v.1-2.
God showed Ezekiel the reality and, in this case, the impossibility of what He was going to do, v. 2-3.
God told Ezekiel what He wanted him to do, v. 3-6.
God waited for Ezekiel to obey His instructions and then He started bringing the bones together, v. 7.
As the “son of man” was obedient, God started putting the bones back together. That’s a picture of what God does in our lives through the Son of Man, Jesus. Jesus was obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil. 2:8). In His obedience, Jesus brought us from death to life.
We see a parallel of those four things God showed Ezekiel.
God has put us in the right place to see what He has done for us in Christ.
He’s shown us the impossibility of obtaining salvation apart from Christ (John 14:6).
God the Father has shown us what He wants us to do, which is to listen to His Beloved Son, (Matt. 17:5).
Now it is God who waits on us to be about the things He’s shown us, spoken to us, and revealed in His Word. I think we might just be amazed at how He brings our lives together as we act on His instructions and Word to us (Ez. 37: 7-10).
Let’s be thankful that the Son of Man came to give His life as a ransom for us!