Holy and Almighty God, I want to see You more clearly today and be brought to my knees in awe and worship.
Read EZEKIEL 1:1-28
 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.  On the fifth of the month-it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin-  the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. There the hand of the LORD was upon him.  I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north-an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,  and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man,  but each of them had four faces and four wings.  Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze.  Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings,  and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.  Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.  Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of another creature on either side, and two wings covering its body.  Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.  The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.  The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.  As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces.  This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.  As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about as the creatures went.  Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.  When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose.  Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.  When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.  Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked like an expanse, sparkling like ice, and awesome.  Under the expanse their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body.  When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty, like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.  Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings.  Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.  Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat was the ultimate, most amazing part of this vision?
This book is almost deadpan in its opening. The prophet describes in painstaking detail the point in history at which he finds himself, the month and year, down to the exact day; he states where he was and who he was with; then he simply tells us, “I saw visions of God” (1). We are not told much about Ezekiel’s background here. He is an ordinary person living among others—the exiles in Babylon—who are far from home with all the questions, disappointments and baggage that go with this kind of dislocation. It is only when the hand of the Lord is upon him that he begins to see things differently.
Ezekiel describes in intricate detail the vision of fiery, heavenly creatures, a wheeled chariot and a vast sparkling expanse below a huge throne. Upon the throne is the appearance of the likeness of the Lord—fire, glory, the form of a man, and brilliant light. Such was the radiance that it causes Ezekiel to fall to the ground. Would that we might also have such a vision of God’s glory that we, too, are brought low in awe and worship!
Bring before God your hopes, disappointments, questions and needs. He’s the same God who revealed himself to Ezekiel.
Majestic, powerful God, I bow before Your immeasurable might and holiness. Help me see more and more of You.
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