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The likeness of the Glory!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6

Ezekiel had just turned 30 years of age and he was a priest.  He was taken into captivity in Babylon with a group of exiles which included Daniel and his friends.  As they met by the Kebar River to have their Sabbath observances, God opened the heavens and gave Ezekiel a vision that changed his life!  He was called by God to go to his people and give them God’s word.  He was warned by the Lord that God’s people would be rebellious, obstinate and stubborn.  (Ezekiel 2:1-4)

The vision that Ezekiel saw of the throne of God was spectacular.  It began with a windstorm coming from the north with a towering thundercloud and flashing lightning and fire in the center.  Ezekiel could see four living creatures.  (Ezekiel 1:4-9)  These creatures had the form of a man but they had four faces and feet like a calf and four wings with hands underneath.  They glowed like bronze and the faces were that of an eagle, ox, lion and man.  Below on the ground, there was a wheel that sparkled and another intersecting wheel.

As Ezekiel looked he noticed a glowing throne of sapphire above the creatures and on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  He was glowing with fire and brilliant light surrounded Him.  This light looked like a rainbow and glowed with radiance!  (Ezekiel 1:26-28)   This figure had the “likeness of the Glory of God”!  When Ezekiel saw it he fell to the ground in awe!

God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to show mankind the Glory of God.  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to have the Glory of God revealed in us by the Spirit.  (2nd Corinthians 3:18)  When the last trumpet blows and Jesus Christ appears we will be instantly transformed into a glorious body, like His glorious body! (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)  We now carry the “likeness of the Glory of God” because the Spirit of the Son of God lives in us!

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A Vision of God’s Glory!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6

Ezekiel had just turned 30 years of age and he was a priest.  He had been taken into captivity and was in Babylon with a group of exiles which included Daniel and his friends.  As they met by the Kebar River, God opened the heavens and gave Ezekiel a vision that changed his life and gave him direction.  He was called by God to go to his people and give them God’s word.  He was warned by the Lord that God’s people were rebellious, obstinate and stubborn.  (Ezekiel 2:1-4)

The vision began with a windstorm coming from the north with a towering thundercloud and flashing lightning.  As it got closer, Ezekiel could see four living creatures.  (Ezekiel 1:4-9)  These creatures had the form of a man but they had four faces and feet like a calf and four wings with hands underneath.  They glowed like bronze and the faces were that of an eagle, ox, lion and man.  There was a wheel that sparkled and had another intersecting wheel.  These wheels were full of eyes on the rim and enabled the creatures to move in all directions as the Spirit moved  them.  When these creatures with the wheels moved, there was a sound like that of roaring waters, like the voice of God.

As Ezekiel looked he noticed a glowing throne of sapphire and on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  He was glowing with fire and brilliant light surrounded Him.  This light looked like a rainbow and glowed with radiance!  (Ezekiel 1:26-28)   This figure had the “likeness of the Glory of God”!  When Ezekiel saw him, he fell to the ground in awe, overcome by the likeness of God’s glory!

Now God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to show mankind the Glory of God.  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to have the Glory of God revealed to us.  We are being transformed by the Spirit with ever increasing glory!  (2nd Corinthians 3:18)  When Jesus Christ appears, we will be instantly transformed into a glorious body, like His glorious body! (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)  We now carry the “likeness of the Glory of God”!  Think about that and rejoice!

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Warn the Wayward!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6

“Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him.  Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.  This was the appearance of the glory of the Lord.  When I saw it I fell face- down.” (Ezekiel 1:26-28b)

Ezekiel was one of the exiles taken to Babylon some years before the fall of Jerusalem. The thirty-year-old son of a priest of Israel, he was picked by God to be a prophetic voice to those who were taken captive. A vision of  God’s presence and glory humbled this young man and enabled him to hear the voice of God speaking to him.

“He said, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.  The people I am sending you to are obstinate and stubborn.  Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ “ (Ezekiel 2:3-5)

God’s instructions to Ezekiel were very clear.  He was to speak to God’s rebellious people.  These people may or may not listen because of their inborn habits of stubbornness  and rebellion.  Ezekiel was to be bold and speak plainly to them all the words that God gave him.  These were given to him as a scroll to eat, written on both sides with words of woe, sorrow and mourning.  Ezekiel was to be a watchman for the house of Israel and to warn them of the consequences of their evil ways.  (Ezekiel 3:17-19)  If he was faithful and did what God told him, it would go well with him.

Hearing God’s word is each person’s individual responsibility.  To the humble, God’s word is sweet as honey and good for the soul.  Take a moment today and ask God to open your ears to His truth.  Pick a verse from Ezekiel and chew on it today, then share it with someone in need!

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The likeness of the Glory of God!

Scripture reading for August 19th: Ezekiel 1-6s

When a priest turned 30, he began his full time ministry.  Ezekiel had just turned 30 years of age and he was a priest.  He had been taken into captivity and was in Babylon with a group of exiles which included Daniel and his friends.  They evidently met by the Kebar River to have their Sabbath observances and feast days and while they were meeting, God by His grace opened the heavens and gave Ezekiel a vision of God that changed his life and gave him direction and focus.  He was called by God to go to his people and give them God’s word.  He was warned by the Lord that God’s people were rebellious, obstinate and stubborn.  (Ezekiel 2:1-4)  His responsibility was to give them the word of God.

The vision that Ezekiel saw of the throne of God was spectacular.  It began with a windstorm coming from the north with a towering thundercloud and flashing lightning and fire in the center.  As it got closer, Ezekiel could see four living creatures.  (Ezekiel 1:4-9)  These creatures had the form of a man but they had four faces and feet like a calf and four wings with hands underneath.  They glowed like bronze and the faces were that of an eagle, ox, lion and man.  Below on the ground, there was a wheel that sparkled and had another intersecting wheel.  These wheels were full of eyes on the rim and enabled the creatures to move in all directions as the Spirit moved  them.  When these creatures with the wheels moved, there was a sound like that of roaring waters, like the voice of God.

As Ezekiel looked he noticed a glowing throne of sapphire above the creatures and on the throne was a figure like that of a man.  He was glowing with fire and brilliant light surrounded Him.  This light looked like a rainbow and glowed with radiance!  (Ezekiel 1:26-28)   This figure had the “likeness of the Glory of God”!  When Ezekiel saw it he evidently fell to the ground in awe, for the Lord later stood him up to talk with him. He was overcome by the likeness of God’s glory!

No man has seen God and lived.  The Scripture states that sinful man would die if he could see the full radiance of His Glory.  God grants some men grace to see a glimpse of His glory.  Remember Moses was hidden by God in the cleft of the rock and was allowed to see His backside.  (Exodus 33:18-20)  Now God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to show mankind the Glory of God.  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)  The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to have the Glory of God revealed to us by the Spirit.  We are being transformed by that grace gift with ever increasing glory!  (2nd Corinthians 3:18)  When Jesus Christ appears and the trumpet blows, we will be instantly transformed into a glorious body, like His glorious body! (1st Thessalonians 4:16-18)  We now carry the “likeness of the Glory of God”!  Think about that and rejoice!

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