Today’s Daily Lesson comes from Ezekiel 37 verses 1 through 4 and 7 through 10:
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2He led me all round them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ 4Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. . .7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’ 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
A body without breath is only a corpse. It is without vigor or substance. It’s life force is neither present nor active. Bones and sinews are not enough to bring the body alive.
This is true not only for the human being but also for all manner of organized bodies. It is not enough to have the structure, bylaws, constitution, order of service, and building. You must also have the spirit, the breath, and animating life force. You have to have soul.
In other words, you have to know not only that you are alive but also why you are.