Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust…
This call may he addressed —
I. To the SENSUALIST. All his thoughts and activities are directed to the pampering of his animal appetites and the gratification of his animal lusts. To such the word may be fairly addressed, "Arise from the dust." Why live in mud, when you ought and might live in "heavenly places"?
II. To the WORLDLING.By a worldling, I mean a man who gives his heart and energies and time to the accumulation of wealth; a man who had no idea of worth but money; no idea of dignity apart from material parade and possessions; a man whose inspiration in everything is love of gold. Such a man is literally in the dust. He is a grub. Now, to such a man the call come with power: "Arise from the dust; break away from that wretched materialism that imprisons thy spirit." A man's life "consisteth not in the abundance of the things of this world." CONCLUSION. All unregenerate men are in the dust. "He that is born of the flesh, is flesh" — is flesh in experience, in character, known by his compeers only by fleshly or material characteristics. "He that is born of the Spirit, is spirit" — the spirit has been liberated from the bondage of the flesh, called up to his true regal position, and is known hence on, not by material features, but by high mental and moral characteristics.
Parallel VersesKJV: Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.