Ezekiel 37:4 Then [God] said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’”
There are a lot of crazy people in the religious world. There were people a long time ago who would live out their lives on top of a pillar. They are called stylites from the Greek word for pillar. Go ahead, you can google it if you don’t believe me. There are also people who stand on city street corners shouting messages about God. Or some who go from house to house to tell you what you should believe. Most of us have no desire to be those types and think the folks who do them to be strange at best. But look what God asked Ezekiel to do here- talk to a bunch of bones that might not have been there physically but just as a vision. There were those who thought the great prophets of the Bible to be crazy or deluded or even evil. Some thought of Jesus this way. What is the distinction between faithfulness and fanaticism? This past Sunday was Pentecost, a day we focus on the Holy Spirit. Certainly, we use our minds in deciding what to believe, but we don’t use just our mind. If we have faith, it is because something resonates with our minds and our emotions and something mysterious which I’ll call our spirits. This may sound crazy, but Spirit speaks to spirit, I guess. Where did your faith (or lack of faith) come from?