Hey BridgeKids Families!

Ezekiel had a tough job: ministering to people who had rejected God and suffered the consequences. The exiled people of Judah were eager to blame God for their circumstances. “It’s not fair!” they argued. (See Ezek. 18:25.)

Ezekiel told the people that they were at fault for their exile; their faithlessness had provoked God’s wrath. The people were getting what they deserved. “I take no pleasure in anyone’s death,” God said. “So repent and live!” (Ezek. 18:32).

 

Family Devotional

Open your Bibles to Ezekiel 37. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how God gave Ezekiel a vision. In this vision, God showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. The bones represented Israel. Ezekiel prophesied that God would put tendons, flesh, and skin on the bones. He would put breath in them so they would come to life.

Ezekiel encouraged the exiles. Apart from God, they were dead. But God was offering them life. He would restore their future. “My dwelling place will be with them,” God said. “I will be their God, and they will be My people” (Ezek. 37:27).

We too are dead in our sin. (Eph. 2:1) Sin separates us from God because He is holy. We are apart from God’s presence. But God does not delight in our death. He is patient and wants us to repent and live! 

Hundreds of years after Ezekiel died, God’s presence came to His people through Jesus Christ, Immanuel—meaning, “God with us.” Jesus is the source of life; He offers us living water. (John 4:10,14) If we do not drink of it, we will become like the dry bones. No life will be in us.

Christ changes that. Evangelical Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias wrote, “Jesus does not offer to make bad people good but to make dead people alive.” Indeed, He does. God saves us by grace, making us alive with Christ through the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 2:4-5)

God showed Ezekiel a valley of dry bones. The dry bones remind us what we are like when we sin. God showed Ezekiel His power to make dead people alive. We see God’s power at the cross. Jesus died to save sinners. God raised Jesus from the dead, and He gives us eternal life.

Help your kids understand that God is the author and giver of life and just as He pictured bringing dead bones back to life, He brings us to life when we trust in Jesus. 

Ask the questions:    
  • Ezekiel’s vision led him to a valley. What filled the valley? (bones, Ezek. 37:1)
  • What did God ask Ezekiel about the bones? (“Can these bones live?” Ezek. 37:3)
  • What was Ezekiel’s answer to God? (“Only You know,” Ezek. 37:3)
  • What happened to the bones when Ezekiel spoke God’s words to them? ( Thee bones came together. Tendons and flesh came over them; Ezek. 37:7-8)
  • What was missing from the bones? (breath, Ezek. 37:8)
  • What caused the bones to come to life? (Ezekiel spoke God’s words commanding the breath to come into the bones, Ezek. 37:9-10)
  • Who were these bones like? ( They were like the people of Israel. God wanted Ezekiel to speak to the people of Israel for Him; Ezek. 37:11-14)
  • What two things were in the next vision from God to Ezekiel? (two sticks, Ezek. 37:16)
  • Whom did each stick represent? (Judah and Israel, Ezek. 37:16)
  • When the two sticks became one, what did it represent? (God’s people would be one nation, Ezek. 37:21-22)

BridgeKids Announcements

  • XO Marriage Conference: LifeBridge is partnering with the XO Marriage Conference as a host sight right here in South Haven on March 16 & 17. Nine great speakers over two days. You will find hope, encouragement, wisdom and practical ideas to revive your marriage. It will be a powerful time for couples to strengthen their marriage and for some to breathe life into a dead one.   Click here to view the promo video. Now click here to register for the conference. Hope to see you there?
  • Penny Wars!: Our Penny Wars are going to help support the Truth Skate Ministry. Check them out at truthskatechurch.com. This is an awesome local ministry run by our own Kyle Brush.