Friday, September 19, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 81 Monday

Ezekiel 9:1-10:22

Ezekiel's vision continues. The glory of the LORD arose from the cherub because that is where He was and yet the voice of God was heard from the throne above the firmament. Then the glory departed.

Does God issue any commands?

  • The voice of God called 6 men that had charge over the city to come with their weapons to the temple. These went in and stood beside the brazen altar.
  • The LORD commanded the man in linen who had the inkwell to go through the city and mark those who were upset about all the idolatry in the city. Then He told the others to take their weapons and kill anyone who did not have the mark beginning with those in the sanctuary.
  • God told the man clothed in linen to go between the wheels and take take coals from under the cherub and between the cherubim to scatter over Jerusalem.

Does God make any promises?

  • God promised not to spare or take pity on those who rejected him.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • The trinity is seen in Ezekiel, including references in this passage. The LORD was on the cherub (9:3) and yet the voice of God was heard from the throne above (10:1). We were told earlier that the Holy Spirit lifted Ezekiel between heaven and earth (8:3). Jesus is God manifest in the flesh. He it was that was standing on the cherub in the glory of God.
  • Ezekiel had a similar vision of an image similar to the one he saw in chapter 1. The living creature represented the four gospel accounts of Jesus as servant, human, king, and deity. This time the faces were of a cherub, man, lion, and eagle. The last time they were of an ox, man, lion, and eagle. The face representing Jesus as a servant was described as a cherub instead of an ox. Either of those is a servant. The ox is a beast of work and a cherub is a messenger of God. Ezekiel states that it is the same creature he saw by the Chebar River.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • II Corinthians 1:20-22 says that God has placed a seal upon believers and that His glory is within us. Ephesians 1:13-14 also says that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Revelation 7:3 says that future judgment upon the earth (such as struck Jerusalem in the days of Ezekiel) will not happen until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. Those who are marked by God with His seal do not need to fear the judgment.

Do you see anything that I missed?

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