Thursday, November 04 2010
Verse of the Week: V1 “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.”
1. The Visions Of God (V1-14)
V1 “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.”
Ezekiel, the priest from the tribe of Levite, and now a prisoner of Babylon, had the privilege of seeing the visions of God with the messages of warning the people of Israel of the impending calamities, telling them of the future restoration of Israel and foretelling them of the coming of the Messiah. He also saw the prophecy of the first coming of the Messiah in the form of four living creatures which had the face of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle which actually were the four gospels where the gospel of Matthew was symbolized by the lion, the gospel of Mark was symbolized by the ox, the gospel of Luke was symbolized by the man and the gospel of John was symbolized by the eagle.
V10 “As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of 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.”
2. The Voice Of God (V15-25)
V24 “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.”
Beside the visions of God, Ezekiel also heard the voice of God confirming his visions and telling him of all the prophecies that would be fulfilled in the future.
3. The Glory Of God (V26-28)
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 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 God, it was like seeing the beautiful rainbow after the shower of rain. When man sees God, they will immediately fell to the ground because of the beauty, holiness and brightness of God. Let us humbly worship God and serve Him as the day will come when we shall see God in all His beauty, holiness and brightness and we shall fall upon our faces and know that He is indeed worthy of all our worship.
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to worship You with all humility and holiness.