Ezekiel Chapter 1

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ADVANCE THE KINGDOM!

PRAY for a spirit of love and unity among the people of God and that God would heal any divisions, hurts, and unforgiveness, because “if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand” (Mark 3:24).

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Ezekiel 1

Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity,

The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.

And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

44 thoughts on “Ezekiel Chapter 1

  1. Verse 28 KJV “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.” This reminded me of the song “Let It Rise”:

    Let the glory of the Lord
    Rise among us
    Let the glory of the Lord
    Rise among us
    Let the praises of the King
    Rise among us
    Let it rise

    Let the songs of the Lord
    Rise among us
    Let the songs of the Lord
    Rise among us
    Let the joy of the King
    Rise among us
    Let it rise

    Ohh, ohh ohh
    Let it rise

  2. THY KINGDOM COME
    UNITY

    9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

    17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

    There are 2 major principals in this passage in regards to our approach to The Kingdom of GOD.

    1. UNITY – Their wings were joined one to another. The principal attitude in The Kingdom of GOD is UNITY. Anything we are able to accomplish in the Kingdom of GOD for HIM will be accomplished through a unified effort. Hand in hand, heart to heart.

    They protected one another, they went upon four sides. The Kingdom UNITY requires that we be at our post to protect one another.

    2. FORWARD PROGRESS

    The Kingdom of GOD requires FOCUS. They didn’t turn away from their path. They went every one straight forward. The Kingdom of GOD must be something we continually seek. JESUS leads us forward and never backward.

    Lets GO Seek FIRST The Kingdom of GOD in everything we do today.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  3. “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”
    ‭‭Ezekiel‬ ‭1:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”

    I mean what else could you do. You’re staring at the KING of KIMGS
    LORD of LORDS
    PRINCE of PEACE
    The EVERLASTING FATHER
    everyday should be a forward progression toward the King, toward Jesus Christ!
    In unity, I’m seeing unity a lot already today. Our prayer focus is forgiveness to anyone that hurt us or caused us discomfort, because if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand” (Mark 3:24).
    I want us to move forward together so we should put our wings together and GO!
    iBless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

  4. Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
    Ezekiel 1:1‭, ‬3 KJV

    Even in the midst of all the destruction of the Judgment of Israel, God was faithful to those who had been faithful to him. He made a way for their lives to be preserved in Babylon. Then God used their hardship as a time to draw them closer through greater revelation of him. He was not silent in their time of distress.

    God is always faithful to speak to us when we get to the place where our ears are open to him. He will not leave us in our darkest hours. He will walk with us through our darkest trials. He will be there for us, and He will draw us closer to himself. Instead of complaining about our circumstances, we should attune our spirits to receive a greater revelation of our God.

  5. 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.

    The magnificent Glory of God. Brightness everywhere. A rainbow that springs out of the sky on a rainy day. What a magnitude of the Presence of God which can penetrate into the darkest parts of life. His brightness pushes back darkness. His love reaches down into the deepest of despair. We must share we must express to this world we must reach and help those around us to know they too can experience this awesome power to be connected to the Glory of God. His Kingdom is about peace, and love and so much more than the world can give. God help my life to reflect Your Glory even on the days that I too may struggle yet let my life be a reflection of your Glory what You have done what You are! In Jesus Name.

  6. This happened during the fifth year of
    King Johoiachin’s captivity.
    Ezekiel 1:2 NLT

    In the mix of hard times if we humble ourselves, the Lord allows us to see his glory and the Mighty God that he is.

  7. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

    Ive heard this “wheel in the middle of a wheel” reference for several years and how wondered at times what it meant. This chapter explains just what that means: God’s working your situation out with the utmost precision and expertise. He is the perfectly spinning “wheel in the middle of a wheel” He makes everything work out for our good!

  8. 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

    “Where You go, I’ll go. Where You stay, I’ll stay. When You move, I’ll move – I will follow You!” If nothing else, follow Jesus. If no one else, trust Jesus. Follow where He leads and You’ll find life everlasting with the King of kings!

  9. 28. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord . And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    Speak to me Lord speak to me.

  10. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    The wonders of heaven! What an awesome vision Ezekial had. God is truly magnificent and he has chosen each of us to be partakers of his kingdom. He must tell others of his awesome works in our midst so they too can behold the wonders of God.

  11. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    When you stand face to to face in GOD Glory all you can do is fall face down on you knees there really no place I rather be but here in his presence in chapter I read the wheel went were the sprit went I want to go where you go GOD if you not there I don’t want to go if you not moving I don’t want to move we are not without him

  12. I Love To Worship The Lord
    Ezekiels priesthood
    The fact that Ezekiel was a priest is significant. The temple is one of the major concerns and he would have been familiar with the laws governing worship. His priestly descent also qualified him to describe the great temple to be built in the time of Messiahs restoration of Israel and Judah to the homeland.

  13. iLove the Kingdom
    Wow…what a period in history. Think about it. The prophet prophesied that the Jews would be held captive for 70 years.

    2During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years.

    During this 70 years in history, we have some of the most dynamic folks alive and working for God in the History of the Bible.
    *Jeremiah the prophet
    *Ezekiel the prophet
    *Daniel the prophet
    *Shadrach, Meshach, and Adednego
    *Ezra the prophet

    This proves that through the worst times of captivity, bondage, and destruction, that God has prophet, plan, and place for his people. Wahhooo

  14. Ezekiel 1:26-28
    26) And above the firmament that was over their heads was a likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
    27) And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
    28) As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    Vs. 1 says, “… that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”
    WOW!! What a vision that would cause Ezekiel to fall upon his face before God and hear HIS Voice.

  15. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    WOW!

  16. God is preparing Ezekiel to go to Egypt. He is showing Ezekiel that He is God and all of the heavens above belong to Him. He is instilling faith and leadership into him so that he can go to Egypt and spread God‘s word and be trusted by the Egyptians. The Word says whether he trusts them or not that he must go spread the word. Sometimes we go spread the word to many other people and nations and they don’t always trust us either but we are doing God’s promise by spreading His Word. Just as Bro Godwin told us that God is preparing us for things to come when we increase, God is preparing Ezekial for increase.

  17. 19 When the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. When they flew upward, the wheels went up, too. 20 The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. So wherever the spirit went, the wheels and the living beings also went.

    What a vision this is. This shows the glory of God. His spirit follows you where ever you go. You may be in a cave, underwater, flying in the clouds, and you have peace knowing God is with you. He has his eye on you at all times.

  18. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    I wanna know what it feels like when heaven touches earth and I’m caught in between. I wanna know what it feels like for the glory of the Lord to fall on me. Take me there. – Take me there.

    Take me into your presence Lord, speak to me, and let Your glory fall on me!

  19. 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

    28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

  20. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about,. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord, and when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

  21. Ezekiel 1:28 (English Amp) This chapter is telling us about Ezekiel vision wow ! Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face and I heard a voice of One speaking. [ Rev. 4:3]. And He Who say there appeared like [ the crystalline brightness of] jasper and ( the fiery) sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [ a rainbow of] emerald. Lord take me into your presence . What amazing vision Ezekiel had.

  22. As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
    Ezekiel 1:10 KJV
    In Matthew we see the Messiah-King (the lion).
    In Mark we see Jehovah’s Servant (the ox).
    In Luke we see the Son of Man (the man).
    In John we see the Son of God (the eagle).
    It needs all four aspects to give the full truth. As Sovereign He comes to reign and rule. As servant He comes to serve and suffer. As Son of Man He comes to share and sympathize. As Son of God He comes to reveal and redeem.

    Wonderful fourfold blending – sovereignty and humility; humanity and deity! Ezekiel’s vision is seen again by John (Revelation 4:6-8).
    http://housetohouse.com/jesus-the-lion-the-ox-the-man-and-the-eagle/

  23. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

    28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

  24. Josiah: 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
    When Ezekiel saw the glory of the Lord he fell down. Immediately he humbled himself to God. When God moves we should do the same thing. We should humble ourselves and open our ears to hear what thus saith the Lord and, or, see what God wants us to see. It is my goal that whatever I think I am doing that if the glory of God comes, the Lord wants to speak to me and etc. that immediately I stop and give all of my attention to Him! Let us GO DO GOD’S WILL!

  25. This passage should shine forth as an example when we feel like we’re in the midst of a trial that appears to have no end. They had already spent five years in captivity and still had decades to go… when the voice of the Lord spoke to a prophet. Notice that the prophecy wasn’t even of their situation. In God’s eyes that time of captivity was a brief interlude while he delt with the hearts of his people. Instead he looks far forward to give then a glimpse of the distant future which is still to come. And in the midst of it all, the prophet sees ‘As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.’

    The trial may seem long and deep, but when we hear the voice of God in the midst of it all, it’s no longer of consequence. It’s time to fall on our face like the prophet and worship the Lord our God! He does not forget, but neither does he move upon us until the time is ripe. When God’s voice speaks, don’t be distracted by the past. Take the time to worship! Hearken unto his words and allow his will to be known. Every trial is for a purpose, but when it’s done it’s work, allow those memories to become the testimony of what God has done! Leave then in the past where they belong and focus on what God wants to do in our future! He is a present help in time of trouble and he has already provided for our past… so let his hand provide for our future and see what the Lord will do through us!

  26. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

  27. v28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so
    was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    GOD has manifested HIS GLORY in so many ways throughout history.
    I’m so thankful that ” JESUS CHRIST the same yesterday, and today,and for ever ” Hebrews 13:8

  28. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

    There is a power that we can never understand just by being united. By going in the same direction together and working in one accord. It is the biggest weapon we have working for us and it is also the greatest thing that becomes attacked in the church, trying to divide us. . Power in unity , weakness in division

  29. Above this surface was something that looked like a throne made of blue lapis lazuli. And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man. From what appeared to be his waist up, he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from his waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.
    Ezekiel 1:26‭-‬28 NLT

  30. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

    26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

    27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

    28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    A vision from the Lord to the man of God. Many wish they could have this kind of encounter and there is nothing that says you can’t. It requires relationship talking with God. The word tells us to call on Him and he will show us great and mighty things.

  31. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

    Let His Kingdom be filled with rainbows. Let His Kingdom be filled with promises.

  32. 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

    We have to follow the Holy Ghost and what the lord has to to say to us! When we listen to the lord we are able to be used in ministry opurtunities ans many other things. The lord wishes to use us daily and in everything, he doesn’t want to hold us back from the lost he wants us speaking life every day!

  33. No matter how deep the trouble got for Israel, God was still faithful, he was still speaking to his man of God. Although bible scholars are still trying to hash out what all this means in Ezekiel, we that know the truth understand that God was leading Ezekiel to answers that only Ezekiel was suppose to find. Jesus spoke in parables I that only the ones with the right heart were going to understand the message. Look at the unity of the angels. None of them turned one way or the other, they were joined together at the wings. If one got out of step they would all crash. This passage is loaded with revelation. How swift is the eagle? How strong is the ox? How much authority does the lion have? How wise is the man? The battle is going to take all Gods people with their different callings, giftings. When we all put our backs to one another and unify we are all covered. No one wants to try and sneak up in a lion!

  34. 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.
    Ezekiel 1:27 NIV
    https://bible.com/bible/111/ezk.1.27.NIV

    I pray that we catch on fire for His Kingdom and that everywhere we go His brilliant light will shine in us.

  35. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

    26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

    27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

    28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

  36. 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

    This is the act of a servant, they were designed to praise him and in so they were loyal to him. They followed the spirit anywhere it went, they didn’t ask questions or need explanations or directions. We should follow with the same devotion and willingness.

  37. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me.(Ezekiel 1:28 NLT)

    Ezekiel the prophet, described how Gods glory was glowing all around him so bright that it was like a rainbow shining through the clouds just like on a rainy day. He gives a description of how it’s so beautiful and amazing when it stops raining. Ezekiel fell on his face down onto the ground because he saw the glory of the Lord and heard a voice speak to him.We need this same fear of the Lord and willingness to serve in his presence as Ezekiel does.

  38. 1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

    2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity,

    3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.

    4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

    5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

    6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

    7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

    8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

    9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

    10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

    11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.

    12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

    13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

    14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

    It is a mercy to have the word of God brought to us, and a duty to attend to it diligently, when we are in affliction. The voice of God came in the fulness of light and power, by the Holy Spirit. These visions seem to have been sent to possess the prophet’s mind with great and high thoughts of God. To strike terror upon sinners. To speak comfort to those that feared God, and humbled themselves. In Ezekiel 1:4-14, is the first part of the vision, which represents God as attended and served by a vast company of angels, who are all his messengers, his ministers, doing his commandments. This vision would impress the mind with solemn awe and fear of the Divine displeasure, yet raise expectations of blessings. The fire is surrounded with a glory. Though we cannot by searching find out God to perfection, yet we see the brightness round about it. The likeness of the living creatures came out of the midst of the fire; angels derive their being and power from God. They have the understanding of a man, and far more. A lion excels in strength and boldness. An ox excels in diligence and patience, and unwearied discharge of the work he has to do. An eagle excels in quickness and piercing sight, and in soaring high; and the angels, who excel man in all these respects, put on these appearances. The angels have wings; and whatever business God sends them upon, they lose no time. They stood straight, and firm, and steady. They had not only wings for motion, but hands for action. Many persons are quick, who are not active; they hurry about, but do nothing to purpose; they have wings, but no hands. But wherever the angels’ wings carried them, they carried hands with them, to be doing what duty required. Whatever service they went about, they went every one straight forward. When we go straight, we go forward; when we serve God with one heart, we perform work. They turned not when they went. They made no mistakes; and their work needed not to be gone over again. They turned not from their business to trifle with any thing. They went whithersoever the Spirit of God would have them go. The prophet saw these living creatures by their own light, for their appearance was like burning coals of fire; they are seraphim, or “burners;” denoting the ardour of their love to God, and fervent zeal in his service. We may learn profitable lessons from subjects we cannot fully enter into or understand. But let us attend to the things which relate to our peace and duty, and leave secret things to the Lord, to whom alone they belong.

  39. 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

    Have you ever felt something alerting you to pay attention or pulling you in a particular direction? Maybe, you walked into a restaurant and felt so uneasy that you left. Or were driving to a particular destination and felt the urge to visit someone or give someone a call. I believe this is God leading us. Maybe he is leading us to a hungry soul or protecting us. Galatians 5:16 Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. NASB

    I believe we can be assured that God sees the depths of your trails, concerns and weaknesses. He understands our feelings more than we can articulate them ourselves. The Bible tells us that our tribulations are not in vain but will build us up in the faith if we respond to Him in obedience.

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