The work of the Holy Spirit has been manifested in many ways throughout church history, including in religious revival and spiritual renewal. This phenomenon of revival can be traced back to the Pentecost of the early church (Acts 2). It even extends back to the vision of the revival of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37. Using the unusual vision of the dry bones, God communicated with the exiled prophets and Judeans, offering the desperate people hope, so that they could see a new future. “I will put my spirit within
you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.” (37:14) This vision is a powerful encouragement; it describes vividly a dramatic process of development by which the Spirit of God transforms death into life.
The crux of the vision of the dry bones in Ezekiel is the Spirit of Yahweh that gives the breath of life. The word rûªH in the text shows multiple meanings (includes Spirit, wind or breath). This word has close relation with “life” and “alive” (Hyh). Spirit and life intertwine in a spectacular scene which brings life out of death.
The Spirit of God transforms every desperate situations of the world. She radically changes the worldview of human beings and encourages people to imagine a future full of hope. As the vision of Ezek 37:1-14 discloses, the Spirit of God and her miraculous acts are the source of renewal and revival in the Church today.