Jesus Loves Jigsaw Puzzles!
By: Carletta Traylor aka C.N.
What’s good, my peeps (can I get a “chirp! chirp!?”)! How the heck are you all doing today (I hope that you all are doing better than LeBron James’ hairline and the 2-for-1 special at IHOP combined!)?! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Oh, what a beautiful day! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Oh, what a beautiful day!
I know what you all are thinking: Wow, Carletta. We love how you just disappear for weeks at a time, without any sort of explanation whatsoever, and just pop back up when you feel like it (Pikaboo! We couldn’t see you! You’re as annoying as that overrated yellow twirp, Pikachu! I’m kidding, Pikachu fans! I’m just kidding! Please don’t kill me in your minds! Say “no” to violence, kids! Jesus and I love you!). I’m sorry, everyone! Life as of late has made the Giant Drop at Six Flags seem like a cake walk (that drop is AWESOME! I don’t suggest getting on the Giant Drop if you’re afraid of heights and/or whiplash-inducing speeds and wind. Haha). I’m back, though! Let’s get busy!
I’d like to make an announcement here. After several months of fasting (no food over here! I mean, I’m eating now, but I wasn’t eating for a period of time. Haha), praying, getting into God’s Word (the Holy Bible), as well as conducting extensive research, I have discovered that a) God the Father/God Almighty’s true Hebrew name is Yahuah (or Yah, for short), b) Jesus Christ’s true Hebrew name is Yahushua Hamashiach, and c) the Holy Spirit’s true Hebrew name is Ruach.
As such, I will refer to the Holy Trinity by their true Hebrew names from hereon out, but I will put their common names in parentheses so that everyone knows exactly whom I’m talking about. For identification purposes, my website will continue to be called Christian Bedtime Stories, and my website URL will continue to be jesusbedtimestories.com. I have even included the name “Jesus” in the title to today’s story, as “Jesus Loves Jigsaw Puzzles!” has a nice ring to it. Haha. Now that we all understand one another (or y’all will nod your heads and pretend like y’all understand me. Haha), let’s dive into today’s Bible story, shall we (of course we shall!)?!
In the 37th Chapter of Ezekiel, Ezekiel (he was one of Yah’s (God the Father’s/God Almighty’s) greatest prophets; he loved Yah, he praised and worshipped Yah, and he shared Yah’s messages with the Israelites (Yah’s chosen people, y’all! His homies! His homeboys! His home skillet biscuits with butter and jelly on top! His buddies! His pals! His partners! His friends! His dawgs! His Day Ones! His…sorry. Haha)) receives a vision (a dream) from Yah about his people (the Israelites).
If you all will recall from my previous posts, Look At Those Feisty Kittens! and I Like My Traitors Extra Crispy!, the king of the Babylonian Empire, King Nebuchadnezzar, was a delusional dipstick-of-a-doofus (we’re talking a Grade-A, primed and ready, cream of the crop level MORON). When King Nebuchadnezzar’s army defeated the Assyrians and their Egyptian allies in battle (at Carchemish, which is located in modern-day Syria), King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian Empire gained control of Syria and Palestine, which included the country of Israel.
As such, King Nebuchadnezzar decided to imprison the “best and brightest” young Jewish men from Israel, taking them to Babylon for political gain (he wanted even MORE money and power, y’all!), to corrupt them (turn them bad, turn them against Yah (God the Father/God Almighty), and turn them toward that lava-loving loser, Satan), and to teach them the hot garbage that the Babylonians had been taught (how to worship fake, phony, fraudulent, second rate “gods”).
The ONLY true God is Yah (God the Father/God Almighty), who sent his beloved Son, and our Lord and Savior, Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ), to die on the Cross/stake for our sins-bad things that we say, do, don’t do, and/or think, that Yah doesn’t like-that if we would trust and believe in Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ), we would not perish (die in our sins and suffer eternal torment in Hell), but would have everlasting life (we’ll be living it up (SINLESS partying, of course) with Yah and Yahushua Hamashiach in Heaven forever, y’all! Aye! Turn up! Ain’t no party like a Holy Ghost party, ‘cause a Holy Ghost party don’t stop! Party over here! Ooh-ooh! Party over here! Ooh-ooh! Haha).
The Israelites were Babylonians captives (prisoners) for 70 years, and during this 70-year period, Yah gave Ezekiel a vision (dream) to share with the Israelites-their captivity would soon end (YASSSSS!!!), and they’d be able to return to Israel as free people (let the church say, “Amen!” Hallelujah!)!
In this vision, Yah shows Ezekiel a valley full of dry bones (representing both sin-sick people who are dying/dead in their sins (both then and today) and those who had been killed for their faith in Yah, and whose bodies did not receive a proper burial (their bodies weren’t put into a casket and buried in a grave, but were left out to rot away, leaving nothing but bones (both then and today)), and Yah asks Ezekiel whether or not these bones can live. Ezekiel correctly replies that only Yah himself knows that answer-you’re dang skippy that only Yah knows the answer (he has, can, and will bring the dead back to life! What’s good, Lazarus?!->All Rise! That Means You, Lazarus!)!
Yah tells Ezekiel to tell the dry bones the following (yes, he’s talking to dry bones, but not in the corny “Dr. Doolittle talks to chickens” type of way. This is real! Yah can speak to a roll of toilet paper and make it dance (raise your sheets in the air, and wipe those bottoms like you just don’t care! Everybody FLUSH (erm, do you mean “everybody SCREAM!,” Carletta?! No, no I do not. Haha)! I’m SERIOUS! Nothing is impossible for Yah to do! NOTHING!!!):
Ezekiel 37:4-6 (KJV)–Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Yah tells Ezekiel to tell the bones that they will be living, breathing humans again-Yah will cover them with flesh, breathe the breath of life into them, and they shall be walking, talking, living humans again. These restored human beings will know that Yah brought them back to life, and they will worship him forevermore. Now for those of you looking at me like I’ve completely lost it (you’re more Lost than Jack Shephard and Kate Austen combined, Carletta. No, I’m not! No, I’m not! Three minus one and one plus one equals two, whatever you say about me will slide right off and come back to you! WOW, I’m a flaming cornball. Just call me Carletta The Cornball from now on, everyone! I’ve officially revoked my “cool” card. Haha), let’s remember that Yah (God the Father/God Almighty) can do anything; he is not limited in his power like we are-if he wants to talk to us through a flaming bush, he can do just that (as a matter of fact, he did! He spoke to Moses through a burning bush->Did That Flaming Bush Just Talk To Me?).
Ezekiel obeyed (listened to) Yah, and as soon as Ezekiel told the bones that they would be living, breathing, walking, talking humans again, the bones suddenly started to rattle together, forming skeletons. The bones suddenly grew flesh and muscles on them (look at that six-pack! Just in time for the summertime, y’all! Grab your swimsuits and beachballs, everyone!), forming complete human bodies. At this point, we have full-fledged human bodies, but the bodies are still dead (no life has been breathed into them). Yah has it under control!
Yah tells Ezekiel to tell the dead bodies that breath will enter their lungs, making them alive again. The moment that Ezekiel predicted the dead bodies’ futures (and this was a HOLY prediction, straight from the mouth, mind and heart of Yah (God the Father/God Almighty). This was NOT the work of fortune-tellers, magic, sorcerers, astrologers, or Zodiac signs, which are ALL of Satan, NOT of Yah), breath enters their bodies, and the bodies are alive again! We have people again! We have people again! Yah has performed a miracle (I believe in miracles! *Break it down, now!* I believe in miracles!), and as soon as the dry bones are restored to life, Yah tells Ezekiel the following:
Ezekiel 37:11-14 (KJV)-Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord.
These dry bones represented the Israelites. When King Nebuchadnezzar (you flaming lame! You flying piece of monkey trash! You unfunny clown! You raging imbecile! You…here’s a Snickers, Carletta. You get a little loopy when you’re hungry) took the Israelites captive and forced them to go to Babylon, many of them believed that their lives were over, that they’d die as Babylonian prisoners, that they’d never be able to return home to Israel, and that Israel would never see its’ former glory ever again. Think again, Junior! Yah raised the dry bones back to life, showing that the Israelites will escape Babylonian captivity, they will be able to return home, Israel will be rebuilt and see its’ former glory restored (and then some!), and the Israelites will be Yah’s free people once again (HalleluYAH! Praise the Lord! Thank you, Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ)! Yah (God the Father/God Almighty) is good!)!
This story is a perfect picture of what will happen when we give our lives to Yah (God the Father/God Almighty), through his Son, and our Lord and Savior, Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ). Look at that segway right there! I’m just kidding. I’m not a cocky Neanderthal. Haha.
I always like to end my posts by explaining how we all can become saved (give our lives to Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ)). Becoming saved is as simple as ABC:
· Admit that we’re sinners, and ask Yah (God) to please forgive us of our sins (bad things that we say, do, don’t do, and/or think, that Yah (God) doesn’t like) and help us to stop sinning (Please clean me up, Lord! I’m hot garbage, dipped in excrement, sprinkled in chitling grease on the inside (just STANKY!)!).
· Believe that Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ) is Yah’s (God’s) Son, that he died on the Cross/stake for our sins, that he rose from the dead (3 days later) with all power in his hands, that he’s back in Heaven, sitting at Yah’s (God’s) right hand right now, and that he’s coming back to get his children (take all believers home with him to Heaven) and to judge/destroy this wicked world.
· Commit ourselves to following Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ)(listen to him and live for/like him forevermore).
Once we’ve given our lives to Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ), we will live forever, y’all! When Yahushua Hamashiach (Jesus Christ) comes back to Earth, he shall raise the dead back to life (just like he restored the dry bones back to living humans), and those of us who have given our lives to him (both dead and still living at the time of his return) will receive new bodies, we’ll receive new names, and we’ll live with him in Heaven forever (cue the Dexter laugh!)! I’m looking forward to it! I can’t wait to see you all there!
Given the length of today’s story, I will not do a modern-day remix of it. No worries, though (I’m still not THAT trifling!)! I have included a wonderful video from 100 Bible Stories, which explains the story of Ezekiel and the dry bones beautifully! I hope that you all enjoy the video!
100 Bible Stories-Valley of Bones-100 Bible Stories (YouTube):
With that being said, I love you all, Yah (God) bless you all, and I’ll see you all on the next one!