Valley of Dry Bones?
“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the midst of the valley … as I prophesied, there was a noise … and the bones came together …”
The Jordan Valley is a spiritually strategic place, and possibly “the” Valley of Dry Bones God brought Ezekiel to.
– Moses looked into the Promised Land from Mount Nebo, overlooking the Jordan Valley.
– Joshua and the children of Israel entered the Promised Land first in the Jordan Valley.
– Elijah was transported into heaven from the Jordan Valley.
– Yeshua established His ministry “headquarters” in the Jordan Valley (Capernaum), and most of His teachings and miracles took place here.
In the early 20th century, during and subsequent to the Second Aliyah (1904-1914), many of the major building blocks of the modern State of Israel were started in the Jordan Valley or by people who came out of the Jordan Valley. This includes one of the first agricultural schools, the first kibbutz, the first moshav, the Histadrut (the labor union that at one time represented 75 of the workers and owned 25% of the industry), the first health fund, the largest bank, the first department store, the largest construction company and many other institutions. Many of the heroes of the early days of Israel, such as Igal Allon and Moshe Dayan were born or bred in the Jordan Valley.
God brought Ezekiel in a vision to “THE” valley, seemingly a particular valley. There the dry bones were physically restored to life, from the exile (the whole of chapter 37 is about Aliyah). After the physical restoration, there was to be a spiritual restoration. If the physical restoration of the modern nation of Israel began in the Jordan Valley, then might it be that the Jordan Valley is the Valley of Dry Bones Ezekiel visited in his vision, and that the spiritual restoration of Israel also begin here?
This article originally appeared in Israel’s Restoration Newsletter, March 2016.
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Eric and his wife, Terri, are congregational leaders at Kehilat Poriya, in Poriya Illit, near Tiberias.