A favorite cartoon growing up was Looney Tunes’ Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. I loved watching Road Runner foil Wile E. Coyote’s diabolical plans again and again, but eventually I found myself rooting for the coyote. After so many misadventures and catastrophes, how could you not? Plus, what’s more annoying than an arrogant, uncatchable nemesis? The fix was in against Wile E. Coyote because no matter how hard he tried, it was never within his power to win.
In reading the prophecy of the valley of dry bones, we are reminded that it was never within Israel’s power to save themselves. No matter how hard they might try, their devotion to the Old Testament law could never save them from their sin. Their spiritual restoration lay solely in the power of God. One way we see God’s active role in saving Israel is by reading verses 1-14 and underlining every time God uses the pronoun “I” in describing His role in bringing Israel back to life. Today we are still entirely dependent on the Spirit of God to stir our affections and to breathe life into our dry bones.
Why is it encouraging to know that we worship a God who offers mercy to people who are undeserving and may not even ask for it?