Then said he to me, Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus said the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds…
The vision illustrates —
I. THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF SIN.
1. It begets death. Although the upas tree in Java feeds on wholesome soil, and light and dew, it yet spreads the miasma of death; so sin, the more it flourishes in the heart of man, the more completely it destroys all good.
2. This is the testimony of experience. Even thy secret sin has benumbed thy best feelings, robbed thee of thy peace, raised a barrier between thee and God. It has undermined thy character, blinded thine eyes to the beauty of truth, dulled thy sense of duty, blunted the fine edge of conscience.
3. Observance of others deepens this conviction. On every side we see men and women ruined by sin. Conscience, reverence for God, filial love, aspirations after a holy life — all dead.
II. GOD'S POWER WE SAVE.
1. Life giving is the prerogative of God alone.
2. The fulness of the Spirit's power is required.
3. A variety of force and influence is sent forth. Some need terror, others softening influences.
III. THE PLACE OF HUMAN AGENCY.
1. It is in man's power to stay this life-giving energy.
2. The condition of His advent is very simple. Simply ask.
3. The alternative is a thing to be dreaded.
(J. D. Davies, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.