Design of the Week – Arise!

June 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design of the week is called Arise!

The design incorporates the work of artist Gustave Dore, who woodcut illustrations are just amazing. It is a mixture of the woodcut for Ezekiel 37 and a scripture reference from Ephesians 5:14. Here is the text of Ezekiel 37:

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.  He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”  Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’  “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.  ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.'” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”‘” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.  “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.'”  (Eze. 37:1-14)

The prophecy above is given by Ezekiel as God gives him a vision of something to come. He sees a valley of dry bones scattered about a plain. He is told to speak to these bones and they will live. Ezekiel speaks the Word of the Lord to the dry bones as he was told to do. As Ezekiel begins to prophesy over the bones, he hears a rattling and sees the bones begin to come together to form full skeletons. Then, the skeletons started taking on muscles and then flesh, but there was no breath in them. Ezekiel is told to prophesy to the breath and as he does so, the bodies that were once dead come to life and stand before him. Ezekiel calls them an “exceedingly great army”.  The prophecy is of the whole house of Israel and how God will bring them up out of death in into life, and then bring them home to their land.

The scripture reference in Ephesians 5 is below:

Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.  But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.  For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:11-16)

The amazing and wonderful news about Christianity is that God has now promised to do this very same thing for those who are dead in their sins. Many people are in this state and aren’t even aware of it. They are dead men (or women) walking. They have no idea their fate and the dangerous path they walk. But, God has promised that if a man or woman will recognize their sinfulness, repent of those sins, and put their faith in Christ alone to save them; He will take their dead, sinful body and breathe new life into it by His Holy Spirit dwelling in them and making them alive! This is the most amazing act of God’s grace and mercy man has ever seen. If you are one of those who have been living in sin, if you have spent your life rebelling against God, you still have time! You can repent of your sins (lying, stealing, lust, hatred, gossip, drunkenness, etc), and come to faith in Jesus Christ. He can remove the burden of shame and guilt for the sins that you’ve committed. All you have to do is repent and trust in Christ!

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