Usual Jewish burial customs dictated that a corpse would be thoroughly washed & anointed with perfumes such as nard, myrrh, & aloes. The body would then be wrapped in a simple white shroud…the face covered with a special cloth out of honor & dignity…and the hands & feet tied with strips of linen. Rationally, a dead body can’t hear…but when Jesus shouted into that tomb it was the divine power of God’s voice that enabled life to return into Lazarus. The same is true of the spiritually dead when God’s call raises them to life. Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But because of His great love for us, God, Who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.” Divinely, God’s voice can penetrate the dead tomb of our hearts, enabling us to hear, obey, & walk out of the grave into His glorious light.