Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
|Ezekiel 10:1-22 KJV
(1) Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.
(2) And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in in my sight.
(3) Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
(4) Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory.
(5) And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.
(6) And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.
(7) And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it, and went out.
(8) And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man's hand under their wings.
(9) And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.
(10) And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
(11) When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.
(12) And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
(13) As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.
(14) And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
(15) And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.
(16) And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.
(17) When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.
(18) Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
(19) And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD'S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
(20) This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.
(21) Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
(22) And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.
Magical description of the word of God is seen as Ezekiel begins to talk about these Cherubimís creatures with wings and then the appearance of a hand hidden beneath the cape/wings of the men that came to talk to Israel in their chariots that had burned and pillaged their city. Cleaning of the coal in the streets of where the city had been burn, much debris lay between the wheels of the chariot. These men were like magical creatures in perhaps their appearance and disappearance. The dust from the wheels and the capes of these men would stir up, would cause a cloud like the cloud God provided in the temple for his people. The reminder of God being above them in the sky was a constant reminder to Ezekiel that God was still in charge despite these men that came in with wings and rolling chariots as well as chariot lifted up on the shoulders of men that allowed for many eyes to keep watch of their chariot without wheels.
Go back and read it, I sure I left something out. Yet there is a point the people are ordered to clean up their city. God was still speaking to Ezekiel to obey these men in charge over them. God constantly reminding He was still in power despite who on the earth was flapping their wings.
Ezekiel began to talk in riddles perhaps to hide the truth from any of the people that spoke Hebrew. Perhaps to hide the meaning of his sermon to the people. He spoke a language that those there would have understood. Yet would of told so future generation would not feel the sting of the exile of Israel the same. It is like the double meanings in our cartoons, and literature that is often hidden words that unless you know the time period you would not understand what is happening. Instead it sounds like a campfire story. Yet the glimmer of hope comes with the knowledge of the throne of heaven and its blue sky and the jewels these men had.
The language of the Spirit God is not always understood by those that hear, only those that speak the language can understand. The song ring around a rosy, no one knows they are talking about the plague in England and death. Poetry of the ancient world hard to grasp, no not unless you can not hear or envision what being said.
God can reveal what the Spirit says if one ask. Yet beware God just might show you through real event. Godís power has not change, He is still on his throne and the earth is his footstool. His word still having power, despite the decoding of the ancients.
Dear Heavenly Father keep reminding us you are still on the throne. You are not forgotten, despite the power of the men upon the earth to destroy by your will. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews 1:13-14 GNB
(13) God never said to any of his angels: "Sit here at my right side until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet."
(14) What are the angels, then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation.