I’m diving into this book – that’s the only way to put it. From verse one, we’re thrown in… head first! “When I was thirty years of age, I was living with the exiles on the Kebar River. On the fifth day of the fourth month, the sky opened up and I saw visions of God.”
Talk about a great opening!
Over the next month (maybe more), I’ll be blogging about it. Whether you’re a big reader of the Bible or not at all – this ought to be an interesting book! Here are the first few verses and then the last verses…
1When I was thirty years of age, I was living with the exiles on the Kebar River. On the fifth day of the fourth month, the sky opened up and I saw visions of God.
2-3 (It was the fifth day of the month in the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin that God’s Word came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, on the banks of the Kebar River in the country of Babylon. God’s hand came upon him that day.)
4-9 I looked: I saw an immense dust storm come from the north, an immense cloud with lightning flashing from it, a huge ball of fire glowing like bronze. Within the fire were what looked like four creatures vibrant with life. Each had the form of a human being, but each also had four faces and four wings. Their legs were as sturdy and straight as columns, but their feet were hoofed like those of a calf and sparkled from the fire like burnished bronze. On all four sides under their wings they had human hands. All four had both faces and wings, with the wings touching one another. They turned neither one way nor the other; they went straight forward.
10-12 Their faces looked like this: In front a human face, on the right side the face of a lion, on the left the face of an ox, and in back the face of an eagle. So much for the faces. The wings were spread out with the tips of one pair touching the creature on either side; the other pair of wings covered its body. Each creature went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit went, they went. They didn’t turn as they went.
25-28 And then, as they stood with folded wings, there was a voice from above the dome over their heads. Above the dome there was something that looked like a throne, sky-blue like a sapphire, with a humanlike figure towering above the throne. From what I could see, from the waist up he looked like burnished bronze and from the waist down like a blazing fire. Brightness everywhere! The way a rainbow springs out of the sky on a rainy day—that’s what it was like. It turned out to be the Glory of God!
When I saw all this, I fell to my knees, my face to the ground. Then I heard a voice. END OF CHAPTER
Before I started reading this, I felt a bit of trepidation. I still do. There are a lot of books in the Bible that I feel like I understand (at least a little). This one has always been WAY more difficult for me. BUT – I was pulled toward this book. So – just as the Lord gave Ezekiel what he needed, I believe God will give me what I need to understand this chapter as I need to understand right now. At a later date, He might give me an even deeper understanding. I’m ready for whatever He wants to give me! Here’s the first verse of the 2nd chapter…
Chapter 2, verse 1: It said, “Son of man, stand up. I have something to say to you.” 2 The moment I heard the voice, the Spirit entered me and put me on my feet. As he spoke to me, I listened.
I’m claming this verse for me, too. He’s got something to say to me through these verses – so I’m listening.