“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
// C. S. Lewis
WELCOME Today’s story of Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones is a parable, a brief story that expresses spiritual truth in a poignant, memorable way. All of life points to death and resurrection, possibly the most visible of all Biblical teachings. So, God asks the desperate question for us, “Can these bones live?
How many bones are in the human body at birth? ³⁰⁰ How many bones are in the human body at death? ²⁰⁶
What makes you feel most alive? Do you have the courage to name what has broken you? Have you ever been scarred or cut deeply? What memory lies deep within the marrow of your bones? What looks and feels dead in your life right now? What is your definition of spiritual death, physical death and eternal death? Would you still follow Jesus if there was no resurrection?
HYMNS & MUSIC
“Antarctic Storms” by Antarctic Wasteland
“Breathe” by the Brilliance
“Only Your Presence” by Josh White
PSALMS @ Psalm 103
PRAYER @ Jeremiah 14:20-22
SCRIPTURE @ Philippians 3:8-11
BACKGROUND @ Ezekiel 1:1
“Now it came to pass… as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”
// Ezekiel 1:1
NARRATE THE STORY @ Ezekiel 37:1-14
“The Lord took hold of me and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones.”
// Ezekiel 37:1
Why is Ezekiel called the Son of Man? What do the 4 winds mean? Who are the bones in this story? What hope existed in the Old Testament? What are some other Old Testament resurrection stories?
Ezekiel: What do we know about Ezekiel? What did Ezekiel see? What might Ezekiel be thinking about these bones? What did Ezekiel hear?
SPIRIT of God: What did we learn about the Spirit of God in this story?
WORD of God: What did we learn about the Word of God in this story?
GOD: What did we learn about GOD in this story?
GOOD NEWS: There must be a possession of Jesus, a relationship, a restoration, a reconciliation or I don’t have life and I’m not really saved.
“One way of trying to understand and appreciate works of art is by means of formal analysis, that is by looking at them not in terms of subject matter or technique but in terms of purely formal concepts; a system within which we can articulate some of our observations regarding art. Heinrich Wölfflin gives us five pairs of concepts in order to understand paintings through formal elements.” http://arthistoryresources.net/baroque-art-theory-2014/wolfflin-renaissance-baroque.html
1. Linear or Painterly: The faces of these students and their diagonal, close proximity to each other show activity and deep interest in the human body.
2. Planar or Recessional: Something psychological is happening here and is easily identifiable as the workmanship of Rembrandt. The teacher’s vertical position shows strength and permanence as opposed to the vertical corpse on the exam table. The composition is then dominated by moving figures leaning at diagonals that recede into depth.
3. Closed Form or Open Form: Vigorous diagonals contrast with the firmly fixed, vertical instructor and the reposed, horizontal corpse. Figures are not simply contained within the frame but are cut off by it at the left side of the painting. The composition is dynamic rather than static; it suggests movement and is full of momentary effects as opposed to the tranquil repose of the cadaver being dissected, ironically his limp arm and hand.
4. Multiplicity and Unity: All of the figures are welded into a single whole. Although the instructor’s hat and lab coat are of a darker value of black than that of his students’, the solemn black color still blends and mingles, and the appearance of their facial expressions and hand positions depend on how the light strikes them.
5. Absolute Clarity and Relative Clarity: More or less self explanatory. The ideal for the subject matter demands absolute clarity, The Anatomy Lecture of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp. It represents the human body as it is. The explicitness of human anatomy is the sole aim. Although Rembrandt’s art piece was completed in 1632, any period of time that the body is dissected would create interest and astonishment.
EVALUATION: Inductivity present? Biblical answers validated? Did we see Jesus? Clear questions? Logical flow of story? Affirmations given? Low participants encouraged? Who did most of the talking ?
“We Need More Than Help” by §§weeney
We need more than help.
We need God in the cool of the day.
A togetherness that existed in the garden.
He is the source of every good thing.
Let his blessings fall fresh on us each day.
We want all the power of Pentecost to turn our world upside down,
and to arouse our dormant energies.
Just like that.
“God has a Plan
for Those Who Believe” by §§weeney
§lain, disjointed bodies lay dismal scene, disconnected souls we seek to save symmetry of form and feature frail frame fainting, gasping faces passing, crashing dead on arrival "CLEAR" Rich intensity full capacity his to impart "CHARGE" Vitalizing energy from mind to mind and heart to heart line harmony__/\_ soul synergy rhythm remedy in his wings He begins the battle breathing pleas for our forgiveness can I get a witness? Jesus died gave up his spirit Jesus alive gives us his spirit stand upright given breath of life Condition guarded, just as though a universal donor to freely enthrone her whoa, behold vast army in the valley open heart in operation quicken and awaken deep investigation Cold captive hold tight he's bleeding out beyond the brow of battle blight O, dry bones hear the word of the Lord "Dead arise, my people" spoken eyes wide open, eyes wide open prized, purchased, possession, please, perform and prove it transfuse me with your seal of peace cause the evil beast to cease "I GOT A PULSE" "It is finished" time at hand certainly this was a righteous man displaced clan await the promised land God has a plan beyond Babylon for those who believe each life made new an accomplished fact fastened faith forever sure blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.