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Ezekiel 37:7-10New International Version (NIV)
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
The Hebrew word for “breath” is “ruach” which can also be translated as “spirit” or “wind.” It is the same word in Genesis 1:2 when the “Spirit of God” was hovering over the waters of creation. It’s the word used in Genesis 2:7 when God “breathed” life into Adam. It is amazing that God commands Ezekiel to prophesy to the “breath”. He actually gives Ezekiel authority to tell the “breath of life” where to go! God is actually commanding and inviting Ezekiel to join Him in giving life! Apart from God we can do nothing (see John 15:5). But rooted in God’s word and promises we can participate in bringing new life into a broken, hurting and dying world.