Archive for October 21st, 2017

Chapter 10 flows straight from chapter 9 telling of a similar vision as that experienced by Ezekiel by the River Kebar.  Verses 1-7 inspire us with a holy awe, and perhaps even a dread of Almighty God. The appearance of God’s majesty was glorious – “the likeness of a throne of sapphire above the expanse that was over the cherubim” v.1. The glory of God moved around and above the cherubim and the Temple Court was filled with God’s radiance. The sound of the Cherubim’s wings could be plainly heard, sounding like “the voice of God Almighty”. This particular vision was actually prophetic of the fires that destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C.!

The glory of God far transcends the normal, visible world we know. The descriptions of the Cherubim, and the four wheels, the darting forth of light and its brightness must have seemed overwhelming to Ezekiel.  It appears that God took possession of the tabernacle and the temple in a cloud – which was always the symbol of his holy presence.  The vibration of the Cherubim’s’ wings made a sound like stringed musical instruments which could be heard in the outer court.  The wheels by the four Cherubim are described as moving in any one of the four directions the Cherubim faced. It is suggested that this demonstrated the Sovereignty of God in that all living creatures are subject to him.  From every point of the compass, North, South, East and West, God is established as ruler over heaven and earth.

There is much symbolism in this passage and we need the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and revelation to understand it’s relevance for us.  These visions were given to Ezekiel sometime between 593-571 BC, and they were more meaningful and understandable to the Israelites than for us today!  However, we can celebrate God’s glory and his Sovereignty as we focus on this passage.  For “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16).  Just as God wanted to reveal himself and his love to the exiles in Babylon through Ezekiel, so he wants us to reflect his love, his holiness, his glory to all those we meet.  When we focus fully on God’s glory we experience hope and the strength to keep going!  As the writer to the Hebrews wrote, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”  Hebrews 10:23-24.











Father God, Please help me to show your love and holiness to all those I meet with day by day.  For the glory of Jesus Amen. 

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