Ezekiel 1: 1—3: 15

Well, before becoming a Christian my only knowledge of Ezekiel was fed to me in an All Region Choir when I was in High School.  We sang, “Ezekiel Saw A Wheel,” for that choir performance.  Now to be sure, I was probably more interested in the cute boys that had also made it into the All Region Choir than I was in understanding the lyrics of this African American Hymn, but one thing that song had going for it was once you know it, you cannot ever get it out of your head.  For real, that song will be playing on a loop in my head for the entirety of this section of the daily bible reading. 

ANYWAY, Ezekiel did in fact see a wheel.  This book covers the visions Ezekiel saw during his ministry to Exiled Israel.  To be exact it covers the years 593-571 BC.  We know this because Ezekiel keeps chronological records making him one of my favorites of course!  Bible Knowledge Commentary pointed out that there are 4 characteristics of this book that help us understand it better.  1. The chronological arrangement.  2.  Ezekiel groups the same topics together.  3.  Ezekiel focus’ on the glory and character of God.  4.  Ezekiel is ministering to a hardheaded group of people, so the vision’s God gives him are out of this world on purpose to get their attention.  Armed with that knowledge we have a hope of understanding what in the world Ezekiel is seeing.  But BKC also said this about the book of Ezekiel.  “For the average reader of the Bible the Book of Ezekiel is mostly a perplexing maze of incoherent visions—a kaleidoscope of whirling wheels and dry bones that defy interpretation. This impression often causes readers to shy away from studying the book and to miss one of the great literary and spiritual portions of the Old Testament.”[1]  Well, we here at the Sarah Griffith Blog are not average readers of the bible.  Readers, we have journeyed through the OT and have learned that the OT has one job: to teach us about who God is.  This oft confusing book of the bible will not cause us to shy away because we know when things go sideways, we look for what it is trying to teach us about God’s character.  So, do not be daunted—charge ahead! 

Hear are our first contestants in the book of Ezekiel:

These creatures are later identified as cherubim.  As it turns out their job is to pull the throne chariot of God.  Now listen, if you are going to be called into ministry this would be the way to do it for sure.  This dramatic scene leaves no doubt that God is full of All the Glory and All the Majesty.  Here is what it might have looked like, sort of:

by: Matthaeus Merian

Once you have seen that you have no choice but to do what He says.  At the end of the vision Ezekiel is transported to a colony of Exiles and begins his ministry.  But notice his spirit is in bitterness and turmoil.  This just remined me that sometimes, even though we know God is worth it, we walk forward with Him without perfect peace in our soul sometimes.  This act of obedience despite the turmoil causes us to grow up in our faith.  #maturity

Hebrews 3: 1-19

I am already way over my word count, so I am going to be blunt here.  Moses built the illustration of the actual Truth revealed in Jesus.  God with us, sacrifice to pay for sin, changed hearts and faithful believers are all things that the Tabernacle illustrated but the fulfillment of those things is in Jesus.  Don’t be like the hardhearted Israelites and worship the wrong things.

Psalm 104: 1-23

Proverbs 26: 24-26

[1] Dyer, Charles H. “Ezekiel.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 1224–1225. Print.

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