by Christina Farris
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.
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.Ezekiel call as prophet came sometime before the day of invasion, day which captivity for the tribe of Israel would come to be. A day in which a visions of God came as captivity would come. If you ever gone through a new journey in your life with the hand of the Lord was definitely involved in it, you perhaps can get a glimpse into the call of Ezekiel even without a vision. Vision for Ezekiel was knowing God was upon his life despite what he saw or seen coming toward Israel. Sometimes what we see is only a description of what is coming that we understand not. As native american's in America faced white man for the first time, certain things they saw would of been describe to their tribe as things they knew and things they had no name for. Many of us have seen at least one western on television, but not all are about white man taking a tribe by storm. When we read scripture sometimes one can related to in order to view understand. Of course white man carried amutation and guns, but it may of been described as a fire stick or a stick that shot maybe even arrowheads without leaving the shaft of the arrow. How buck shot once dug out would of looked strange to them. Yet it would leave a mark of some unusual weaponry. The wagons that came would have foreign description of wheels and box for ridding, pulled by horses. The idea here is to see how something one might be more familiar with to understand Ezekiel vision came with activity all around him that was foreign to him.
Ezekiel was being held captive with strange things around about him not familiar to the tribe of Israel. Yet the description he gave also brought about understanding of these things to people present with him. They had no hebrew tongue for the objects before them or the appearance. Yet God began to use Ezekiel to express what he was viewing to others. He began to translate. Ezekiel call was both a call from God and a call from those taking the tribe of Israel captive. As God anointed him so did vision anoint him of what was coming. In the distance he seen a cloud of dust made by wagon or chariot as it got closer and closer to him. God calls Ezekiel to be a spokeman for the captives, he will give him a vision of what is to come and what he is to do. The things in the vision may seem foreign to him, but when describe to the people and it comes to pass they know he is a prophet to be. God's apostleship is like that as well. Is God forcasting not only a warning but also a blessing with understanding of the direction we are to go in order to be protect by God. God's people are able to walk with their heads held high during the trial and not to be fearful of what lays ahead. It doesn't mean there is no pain or sorrow, but the jubilee of God is still with us through our suffering. Captivity was a punishment from God for disobedience to him, but it would also be a time of repentance as well as anger and rage of the people. Think of the time of the wilderness with Moses as leader, people grumbled and complained but they stayed with Moses and did not run off to some other territory. God's people are in captivity and can not run off to somewhere else without facing the same people that took them captive in the first place.
The vision of Ezekiel was the vision of what was to come. Israel would know Ezekiel was a prophet and a leader to the tribe of Israel. God was not in the wagon, but in the spirit of Ezekiel. The wagon a metaphor of godlike people as far as authority, it was the leaders of Babylon coming to use Ezekiel for a translator to the tribe of Israel. The vision of men with capes and brozen armor. reflecting metal armour casting light all around the people. The description of chariots with hubs in the middle of the wheels and these chariots going to and fro in the city. Not only going to and fro but a wagon carrying the leader of these chariots with his guards all around him. Yet the kingdom of heaven was still around the chariots and wagons. The rainbow and promises of God was still with the people. God had not forsaken his people to those that would listen and hear the word of God and believe despite where they were going in captivity.
Are we going into captivity. There were time in my life where I can say God's hand was upon me. I knew when I walked away from a situation it was for a reason. We all have experienced situations we are glad we walked away from. It is the vision that comes with warning that says you better stay away today that is a sign when something evil happens that you know you heard the voice of God. God can take you into place and take you out of that same place, disobedience can leave you in a place you wish not. Question will you be like Ezekiel and listen to God's call on your life. Following his will. Your calling might not be to preach or teach in a church, but your call may be in a job or career you train for. Whatever God's will is no matter your situation be sure to listen to God. Ezekiel was more then a prophet but a communicator for his people. Ezekiel vision was one of the leaders that were coming to speak to him. American Indian chiefs talked of the visions of white men coming whether by communication with other tribes or by God only the people know.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to follow your will despite our circumstance, knowing you will show us what we need to understand. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Ezekiel 10:20 KJV 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.