Saturday, January 5, 2019

January 5 - Ezekiel 1

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 1. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Ezekiel was a man born in Judah preparing to be a priest, but taken into exile when the Babylonians attacked in 597 B.C. and captured 10,000 Israelites in total. While in captivity, God called Ezekiel to become a prophet and preach a similar message that Jeremiah preached to the Israelites that were still living in Jerusalem. Several themes and topics are covered in the book of Ezekiel but the main message is that Jerusalem would fall and the Israelites were being punished for their continued, unrepentant sin.
  • The book of Ezekiel opens up with a vision that Ezekiel receives from God. A vision can be described as a miraculous revelation of God's truth and uses pictures to convey an idea. In the vision, Ezekiel is shown four beings with four faces and four wings. They are incredibly bright and they are described as each having a wheel underneath them. Wherever the beings go, the wheels follow and go with them. Above the beings is a figure on a throne that has a glowing halo around it similar to that of a rainbow.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God's vision to Ezekiel may seem confusing at first glance but there is symbolism under all of the imagery and figures that are represented. The four beings with four faces represents God's perfect nature. The four faces on the four beings were a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. This is said to display intelligence, strength, diligence, and divinity. The wheels described as moving wherever the figures move represents that God is present everywhere and able to see all things. The figure sitting on the throne represents God and God's holiness. Overall, the vision speaks on God's judgment through the four figures but also symbolizes God's never-ending faithfulness to his people through the rainbow-like halo glowing above Him. In Genesis 9, God sent a rainbow to Noah promising that He would never flood the earth again and in the same way, God is making a promise that He will protect those who remain faithful to Him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Are you ready to take on the calling that God has for you? From out of seemingly nowhere, God sent Ezekiel a vision of His mighty power over the whole world and judgment of what would come, and Ezekiel was ready to listen and willing to obey. Take a moment and ask God to use you and set your mind on drawing closer to Him each day.