For those of you who cannot read please put on your listening ears to hear what ezekiel saw. The book of ezekiel is the third of the latter prophets in the tanakh and one of the major prophetic books in the old testament, following isaiah and jeremiah. Sep 10, 2015 the heavens opened to ezekiel ezekiel 1. Ezekiel 1 nlv ezekiel sees gods throne on the bible. Ezekiel tells us that the heavens opened and he saw visions. Sounds a lot like what john saw in the opening chapters of his book of revelation. Ezekiel 10 niv gods glory departs from the temple bible gateway. As the book opens, we see how god strengthened him with powerful visions so he could perform the job he was called to do.
A vision is like a dream but the person is not sleeping. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. A depiction of ezekiel s astonishing, glorious, magnificent, vision of god as described in the bible at ezekiel chapter 1 and 10. Gods glory departs from the temple i looked, and i saw the likeness of a throne of lapis lazuli above the vault that was over the heads of the. In the first half of the book, chapters 124, ezekiel talked about the wrath of god. Ezekiel said that while he was a captive by the river chebar. There is a strong contrast between this glory and the debased idols and idolatry ezekiel will see in the rest of this vision.
Ezekiel chapters 8 through 11, the glory of the lord departs. In his vision, ezekiel saw the same glory of god that he saw in the plain. Because of the sinfulness of the people of god, the glory of god departed from the temple, and from his people. There i saw the dazzling light that shows the presence of israels god, just as i had seen it when i was by the chebar river. The appearance of the likeness of the glory of the lord. Study guide for ezekiel 8 by david guzik blue letter bible. In this weeks chapter, god sends ezekiel on his mission to bring the israelites back to him. Only ezekiel saw gods glory depart as he closed his former kingdom over israel. Ezekiel sees the glory of the lord the bible journey. To possess the prophets mind with very great, and high, and honourable thoughts of that god by whom he was commissioned and for whom he was employed. Folks, this vision of god deserves hours of study and chapters of. Again, ezekiel sees the vision of the cherubim, which he saw in chapter 1, when he was first called by the glory of the lord to serve as a prophet to israel. Feb 01, 2011 the theme of the glory of god in ezekiel one of the major themes of the book of ezekiel is the glory of god.
The appearance of the likeness of the glory of the lord ezekiel 1 the first chapter of ezekiel is one of the most revealing and exciting in the entire bible. The glory of god left his place above the cherubim of the ark in the holy of holies and exited the temple, carried off by the chariot vv. The glory of the lord returns to the temple 1 then the man brought me back to the gate that faces east, 2 and i saw the glory of the god of israel coming from the east. Please explain what the prophet ezekiel saw in chapters 1 and 10. Ezekiel saw the same chariotthrone that he wrote about in chapter 1 of his book, only this time the chariot was parked outside the temple 10. Mar 31, 2014 in this chapter god gives ezekiel a vision. Nov 30, 2018 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. Then he said to me, son of man, stand up that i may speak to you. Ezekiel 1 new life version nlv ezekiel sees god s throne. Ezekiel sees gods throne on the fifth day of the fourth month in the thirtieth year, while i was by the chebar river with the jews who had been taken away from their land, the heavens were opened and i saw god in a special way. On the fifth day of the month in the fifth year that king jehoiachin had been living in a strange land, the word of the lord came to ezekiel the religious leader. The major part of the first half of the book of ezekiel is spent in presenting the sinfulness of the people known by his name and gods wrath against them because of that.
Ezekiel 1 commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. The glory of the prophet ezekiel was that he saw god more clearly than any of the other prophets. He sees appearance the likeness of the glory of goda visionary image or representation of gods glory that isnt actually the same thing as god himself. I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward and from the appearance of his loins even downward, i saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round. What did we learn from this weeks reading is the glory of the god of israel. And, behold, the glory of the god of israel was there, according to the vision that i saw in the plain. Ezekiel again describes the beings, calling them cherubim, which he did not say in chapter one. He spoke about the judgment of god because of the sinfulness of his people. While ezekiel doesnt understand all of this, and even though he doesnt perceive the significance of his vision, he saw, nonetheless, the glory of god in the face of jesus christ. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the lord.
The heavens opened to the prophet ezekiel theology in. The book of ezekiel begins with what appears to be two short introductions. This phrase is used fiftynine times in the book of ezekiel. Chapter 3 consists of 27 verses, primarily showing ezekiel experiencing the glory of god a second time. Ezekiels group was resettled by the river chebar ezekiel 1. Only he described in detail a future reinstatement of a kingdom core that is, a temple and parts closely related to it.
According to the book itself, it records six visions of the prophet ezekiel, exiled in babylon, during the 22 years from 593 to 571 bc, although it is the product of a long and complex history and does not necessarily preserve the very. Yet as weve seen, the punishment on jerusalem is representative of punishment to befall all of israel ezekiel 9. In the english mind, when we think of glory, we usually think of something that is bright, something that has a radiance to it, something or someone with magnificence and splendor, like a king, for example. Out of the dark, flashing cloud of judgment comes peace and hope. Or, technically, not really, since no man can see god and live. This book of ezekiel begins, then, with a mystic vision of god. It is a short chapter, but i believe there is still something we can get out of these 10 verses. The first part of ezekiels vision of god is his description of the cherubimthe living creatures, which are in the presence of god, the glory of the lord. A comment on ezekiels vision of godthe chariot of the lord. And when i saw it, i fell upon my face, and i heard a voice of one that spake. As i looked, i saw a great storm coming from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters,and the land was radiant with his glory. Ezekiel 43 gods glory returns to the temple bible gateway.
May 22, 2017 in our study of the book of ezekiel, unlike other series on the website, its almost a necessity for one to read the chapter being discussed in order to follow my comments. These figures are often used in the bible to capture for mans finite mind something of gods infinite. It has never been an easy thing to think about god. Context ezekiel s description of the progressive departure of the glory in ezekiel 811 see notes beginning on ezekiel 8 is recorded 14 months after ezekiel is called to be god s prophet to the exiles in babylon, he is carried in vision to jerusalem where we can trace the stepbystep departure of the. Ezekiel 1 the appearance of the likeness of the glory of.
The appearance of the glory of god the vision of ezekiel youtube. He does not look like man, or any other creature of flesh. In a vision, ezekiel sees the glory of the lord depart from the temple to gods thronechariot. The first part of ezekiels vision of god is his description of the cherubim the living creatures, which are in the presence of god, the glory of the lord. Then, after the tabernacle was built, gods glory resided in the tabernacle. The spirit of the gospels is in the word of god throughout the bible. Ezekiel is in jerusalem, in the spiritual realms, god along with cherubim appear at the temple, where the idolatry is taking place.
Scarcely had the prophet taken up his station at or near the gate when the glory of the god of israel see on ezekiel 1. Outline of the book ezekiel s vision and commission ch. He was to look first on this picture and then on that, and the guilt of judah was measured by that contrast. After he found the place he was going to lower the lines, he lowered his first line. God s holy spirit lives in the heart of the believer and will never depart like the vision ezekiel saw. All narration is quoted directly from the holy bible, which details the magnificent vision of god. When jesus returned to heaven god sent the holy spirit who lives in the heart of each person who repents of their sin and believes that jesus died for hisher sins. The people saw something of gods glory then, but it was really only moses who was allowed to see gods glory up close every time he went up the mountain to meet with god. The temple was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the lord. Ezekiel saw as clearly as he could the revelation of god in jesus christ. The glory of god is seen departing from the temple. Apr 11, 20 what does god look like according to the bible. The term glory of the lord is used through out the book of ezekiel for the person of god who is manifested. Feb 21, 2019 when he saw gods glory, ezekiel prostrated himself and worshiped the lord.
So i lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry. His voice was like the roar of many waters, and the earth shone with his glory. God appears to ezekiel in ezekiel chapter one surrounded by a glorious heavenly chariot while seated on his throne. The thronechariot of god is a powerful symbol of gods. Ezekiel saw the very presence of god, who revealed to him plans. Ezekiel 43 new international version niv gods glory returns to the temple 43 then the man brought me to the gate facing east, 2 and i saw the glory of the god of israel coming from the east. God allowed ezekiel to see amazing things in this vision. Jun 10, 2018 take an aweinspiring journey as ezekiels vision of god is brought to life in all its glory. Comparing his vision to babylonian iconography reveals that ezekiel saw a divine throne chariot of the heavenswidely described in the ancient biblical world.
As moses wrote in his psalm, you have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence psalm 90. Other passages also describe the glory of god exodus 33. Ezekiel had his vision in babylon as one of the captive exiles ezek 1. Two decades later, god returns from the east, enters the east gate and enters the temple. Visions of captivity 1224 ezekiel is transported in the spirit to jerusalem, where he receives further signs and visions of reproof and impending doom. Ezekiel 43new international version niv god s glory returns to the temple. Verses 414 the visions of god which ezekiel here saw were very glorious, and had more particulars than those which other prophets saw. Gods glory returns to the temple then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and i saw the glory of the god of israel coming from the east. This is the beginning of the departure of the presence of god from the temple.
Ezekiel witnessed the glory of god as the prelude to. In appalling contrast with that image of jealousy, ezekiel saw what he had not seen, as he first became conscious that he was in the court of the temple the vision of the divine glory, such as he had seen it on the banks of chebar ezekiel 1. Ezekiel 1 the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the lord. The vision i saw was like the vision i had seen when he came to destroy the city and like the visions i had seen by the kebar river, and i fell facedown. Jan 30, 2018 ezekiel had his vision in babylon as one of the captive exiles ezek 1. He speaks to ezekiel about judgment upon the people for their faithlessness. He sees god appear in great glory in human form seated on his throne in the midst of the cherubim. If your heart needs to be set on fire by the revelation of the character and glory of god, read ezekiel. However, ezekiel saw the four wheels right alongside those cherubs, evidently at four points, forming a huge square. According to the book itself, it records six visions of the prophet ezekiel, exiled in babylon, during the 22 years from 593 to 571 bc, although it is the product of a long and complex history and does not necessarily preserve the very words of the prophet. I can say he is eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, glorious, love and righteousness.637 1280 423 1595 1318 129 903 17 162 1285 509 183 232 679 557 1480 506 341 512 530 1383 1042 71 887 442 1473 1256 939