This Sunday is the Third (and final) Scrutiny, your last chance to catch an honest-to-goodness (minor) exorcism in church this Lent.  And it’s the last regular Sunday in Lent.  Which means it’s time to get ready for what’s coming. 

Ezekiel has some of the most striking visuals in the Bible, and Sunday's Old Testament reading is one of them.  In the verses leading up to the reading, Ezekiel sees a valley full of the scattered bones of God's people bleached by the sun, like the aftermath of a long-forgotten battle. 

And then it switches to the images we get in the reading, of God's people rising from their graves.  It's dramatic, sweeping, and more than a little macabre.  The sort of visual that we would expect if Peter Jackson was going to try and stretch out The Hobbit to make a fourth or fifth movie.  

So what's the point?  Foreshadowing.  To get us ready for what's coming, and to let us know that God is more than capable of restoring anyone to life. 

More on this tomorrow. 

Readings for Sunday’s Scrutinies: