“So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.” – Ezekiel 37:10
In the beginning, when God created man, the Bible tells us that He “formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” It was not just air it is talking about here, it is life. It is the soul of a person that was breathed into man.
When God was showing Ezekiel this vision, the soul and hearts of the people of Israel were dead. Yes, the people were living yet their hearts were turned from their Creator; the One who gave them life. They were spiritually dead. And God was promising to bring them to life again by changing their hearts. He would turn their “hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.” In other words, He was going to breathe new life into them.
When Jesus walked on the earth a man named Nicodemus came to Him. He was a teacher of the law and had some questions for Jesus. Jesus told Him that for anyone to ever see heaven, they must be born again. Jesus went on to explain that a person must be born again of the Holy Spirit (see John 3).
The Holy Spirit is the One who brings conviction to our lives. He is the one that points out our need for a Savior. And when we accept Jesus into our hearts new life is “breathed” into us. Our “hearts of stone” are turned into “hearts of flesh.” We become new creations, the Bible says. All things are passed away and all things have become new.
Many today are spiritually dead. They are like these dry bones and a dead army. But God can do anything, nothing is impossible for Him. As Ezekiel was told to prophecy, may we today do the same thing. It may be that God will breathe new life into souls and raise up His army once again!