Hope for Dry Bones

Heb 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

Joseph does an unusual thing. He gives a commandment to reposition his bones, centuries after his death. He believes that even when these bones are dried and apart, they can and will still live. He does not want to wake up in Egypt or to be revived in the tomb of Pharaohs surrounded by beautiful treasures.

Jacob must have passed on the truth of God’s eternity and the revival of the dead to be eternally with Christ. Dry bones can live again and become a mighty army. The dead and dried bones of the saints will be the first to rise to join Christ when the trumpet sounds. Then the living will be raptured. This is what the Bible teaches. But after a period they will return to the earth…Christ with ten thousand of His saints as predicted by Enoch to reign and rule with Christ. Ezekiel equally prophesied of dry bones one day becoming an army.

Eze 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Joseph knew that God could do the impossible and that even dried bones can live again. Do you act and give commandments as though God can do the impossible? Do you know all the faded rose bushes will next summer bloom again with beautiful flowers. God uses nature to teach us that He causes beauty to replace that which we see as ashes. God is creative to bring the best out of nothing. Who told Joseph to give a commandment concerning his bones? It can only be God. Are there instructions God has given you which you consider ridiculous?


I planted a little rosebush
And tended it with care
Its bud begins to blossom
Its sweet fragrance filled the air.
And winter came and it withered
Its petals drooped and fell to the ground
My heart faints as it faded
Cos I’d forgotten who had made it.

Roses will bloom again – just wait and see
Don’t mourn what might have been – only God knows how and when Roses will bloom again.

Prayer: Lord, cause life to return to all our dry and dead places. Revive us again. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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