Archive for November 11th, 2013

Ezekiel 1

Ezekiel 1 introduces us to this prophet and priest.  We learn this about him:

–       “the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God

–       word of the Lord came to Ezekiel

–       the hand of the Lord was upon him there

This is no ordinary guy.  He obviously is connected to God Himself and has a direct line to truth.  Ezekiel launches into a description of what he saw, and it is hard to understand exactly what he means as he describes it.

Ezekiel writes “from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures”. In chapter 10 we’ll learn that they were cherubim. These were the the protectors of God’s throne, and guarded the uniqueness of God.  They were the representatives before God of the whole living creation, for man, lion, ox and eagle represent all living creatures, man, wild beast, domestic animal and bird. As God comes He comes as Lord of creation, accompanied by the watchers over creation.  There will be lots of symbolism as we walk through Ezekiel’s letter.

And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went”.  The idea behind this is total obedience. Their one purpose was to do what God wanted. Nothing could divert them. They obeyed the prompting of the Spirit of God, as God prompted them from His throne.  If only we could have that same approach – single minded obedience to God.  These cherubim never did anything that God didn’t tell them to do, and did everything He had for them to do.  That is the picture of obedience God desires!

And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking”.  Having seen God, even though veiled, was something that stirred Ezekiel to the depths of his being, and was something he would never forget. It put the past and the future in a new light. He had seen God as the omnipotent One on His throne, as the omniscient One whose eyes saw everywhere, and as the omnipresent One in constant movement about the world. He was there with them in Babylon, and He was there on His throne. The effect of the experience appears constantly throughout the book as Ezekiel will meet God face to face several times!

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