Glorious ruins! I asked our editor what he meant by that. I loved his response!
Nehemiah was sent back to Jerusalem from Persia to rebuild the walls of the city which had been destroyed by the Babylonians in 587 BC.
After he had surveyed the damage and enlisted the support of the citizens of Jerusalem, they began to rebuild. Guess what they used for their building material. We learn from the scorn of their enemies that they used the very same burnt stones that were lying around in the rubble from the old walls.
Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble – burnt as they are? (Neh. 4:2).
Could they? Yes, they could and they did. They rebuilt the city walls in fifty-two days – no time to quarry new blocks of stone. How did they do it?
When our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realised that this work had been done with the help of our God. (Neh. 6: 16)
God showed the prophet Ezekiel a vision of dry bones scattered across a valley. Then He asked the question, “Can these bones live?” Had I been Ezekiel I would have answered, “No way!” Ezekiel wisely answered, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
By the time Ezekiel got to the end of his vision, the bones had come together into skeletons; they were clothed with flesh and covered with skin and they had come to life through the breath of God spoken into them by the prophet.
Burnt stones, dry bones! What’s the point of all this? This is the power of God at work in people who have nothing left to offer. Do you sometimes feel as though life has sucked you dry and you are nothing but a skeleton covered with skin? Do you feel like you are a burnt stone, good for nothing any more?
These are the people God loves to work with. There is not much room for Him in people are full of themselves and their achievements. Why did Jesus choose fishermen, tax-collectors and political activists for His closest friends? Was it because they were not full of themselves and certainly not full of religion?
The most beautiful words in His ears are: ‘. . . I am poor and needy. . .’ (Psa. 40:17). When He hears those words, He can step in.
If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raise Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His spirit who lives in you. (Rom. 8: 11)
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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