Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Israel: Dry Bones, Wet Bones

As the 45th anniversary of the 1967 “Six-Day War” and the capture of Jerusalem by the children of Israel approaches, it occurs to me the best evidence God is real is the mere existence of the modern state of Israel.
Sure, as the Bible says, we can look at Creation itself for proof: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. …” (Romans 1:20-22)
But, it seems to me, the very best intellectual and tangible proof of the existence and sovereignty and almighty power of Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the reality of the rebirth of Israel just as it was predicted millennia ago – and facing the exact “controversies” and adversities that were foretold.We can see hundreds of other specific prophecies beginning in Genesis and continuing through Revelation – many already fulfilled and some still being fulfilled before our eyes.
It’s undeniable – except for those who choose to deny it or refuse to examine the overwhelming evidence.
For generations, the God of Israel was known through the self-descriptive name “The Lord that led the children of Israel out of Egypt.” It was indeed a historical miracle that millions of Hebrew were led out of Egypt, across the Red Sea into Arabia where they wandered for 40 years before entering the Promised Land.
However, this was nothing compared to what God Himself suggested, through the prophet Jeremiah, was coming in the future. (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”
In other words, the miracle we are still witnessing today, as Jews from all over the world flock to their reborn homeland 1,900 years after its destruction, is a bigger miracle than the one seen by the children of Israel who saw the Red Sea parted – allowing them to cross over while destroying the Egyptian army pursuing them.
And indeed it is.
Nevertheless, we all tend to think that if we had witnessed the parting of the Red Sea and the plagues of Egypt, we would believe.
Yet, it is the non-believer today who is without excuse, for we have witnessed an even greater miracle. No other nation in the history of the world has been revived after 1,900 years – and surely not one prophesied to do that.
No other dead language has been revived after all those who spoke it, read it and wrote it were assimilated into other nations and cultures for 19 centuries.
It was predicted, too, by Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 11:11-12): “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
It was predicted, too, by Ezekiel the prophet (Ezekiel 37) in the famous “dry bones” prophecy.
And, most remarkable of all, perhaps, is Isaiah’s prophecy that this nation would be reborn in one day. (Isaiah 66:8)
All coincidence?
Self-fulfilling prophecies?
What kind of a grand conspiracy could account for such accuracy over 19 centuries?
Who could mastermind such a plot?
God could.
And God did.
Now you know why they are His chosen people – and the purpose for which they were chosen.

dry bones//wet bones
dead bones lying at the stony feet of Isis
dead bones walking
leggy// lean skeletonspeeled down and gleaminglike brand new pipelines rushing toward a mystery land a mystic named Mosesfantasized about one cool night while he rested in mother earth’s  lapin a fig leaf garden
dry bones//wet bones real teeth clackingmessages somewhere in Edenland
can you feel the coldescaping the breath of the wet bones?
an ancient queen constructeda deep river and filled it with goldcalling it her personal swimming pool
she frolicked freely withwet bones//dry bones
she sat in the center of the pool of goldwaiting for the celebrationof dry bones//wet bonesand boundless fertility
god created the whole world in 6 dayson the 7th day of 7he laid down his wet bones to restin a separate place fromhis 6 day creation
from the bones of his nostrilshe gave life to a being called Adam
 Adam said to thedry bones//wet bones of godsend me a likeness bearing my wet bones//dry bones
God obliged 
Adam wrapped a dry bonearound the heart ofthe woman’s wet bone
Adam said Icall your name Eve
connecting my flesh to your fleshdry bones to dry bones//wet bones to wet bonesyour flesh to my flesh//my flesh to your flesh
the world ended in one day
God wrapped 2 bags ofwet bones in fruit scented leaveslaying them underneath rained soaked trees
welcome home my childrenyou are the dry bones of my wet fleshmarred by a barren cross and a crown of thorns
it was I who called him Adamit was I who called her Eve 
let no one set asunderthe bones and fleshI have bound together
dry bones//wet bonesreturn to the paradise of your beginning

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