Have you read the Book of Ezekiel lately? The first chapter should certainly grab your interest – four living creatures each having four faces: one like the face of a man, one like the face of a lion, one like the face of an ox, and one like the face of an eagle. Then there is the wheel within a wheel which moved with the living creatures. And again there was the firmament above the heads of the living creatures and above this firmament was the likeness of a throne. And do not forget the awe inspiring brightness and noise of the whole scene. And that’s just a sample of what you read in Chapter One.
So what’s it all about? After we read the whole chapter with all its fascinating details what are we to get from it? One person’s guess would be as good as another but fortunately we do not have to guess. The last verse of the chapter tells. “This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” So there we have it. The whole scene was to impress Ezekiel and us with the glory of the Lord. And since the following chapters detail the punishment which God will bring upon Israel for their sins, it’s the glory of the Lord as he comes in judgment.
If you decide to reread the Book of Ezekiel you might want to notice these major divisions of the book:
- Judgment upon Israel – chapter 1-24
- Judgment upon the nations – chapters 25-32
- Promises to Israel – chapters 33-48