Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Ezekiel
Book: Ezekiel
Chapter: 37

God restores dried bones to Life. (1-14) The whole House of
Israel is represented as enjoying the blessings of Christ's
kingdom. (15-28)

1-14 No created power could restore human bones to Life. God
alone could cause them to live. Skin and Flesh covered them, and
the wind was then told to blow upon these bodies; and they were
restored to Life. The wind was an emblem of the Spirit of God,
and represented his quickening powers. The Vision was to
encourage the desponding Jews; to predict both their restoration
after the Captivity, and also their recovery from their present
and long-continued Dispersion. It was also a clear intimation of
the Resurrection of the dead; and it represents the power and
Grace of God, in the Conversion of the most hopeless sinners to
himself. Let us look to Him who will at last open our graves,
and bring us forth to Judgment, that He may now deliver us from
Sin, and Put his Spirit within us, and keep us By his power,
through Faith, unto Salvation.

15-28 This emblem was to show the people, that the Lord would
unite Judah and Israel. Christ is the true David, Israel's King
of old; and those whom he makes willing in the Day of his power,
he makes to walk in his judgments, and to keep his statutes.
Events yet to come will further explain this Prophecy. Nothing
has more hindered the success of the Gospel than divisions. Let
us study to keep the unity of the Spirit in the Bond of peace;
let us seek for Divine Grace to keep us from detestable things;
and let us pray that all nations may be obedient and happy
subjects of the Son of David, that the Lord may be our God, and
we may be his people for evermore.