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Ezekiel's vision and message

Good morning beloved of the Lord! This week we start Ezekiel. Ezekiel is confronted with a vision of the Lord's throne room. Be blessed as you read and pray.

Ezekiel 1:Ezekiel in Babylon

1 In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

2 On the fifth day of the month (it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin),

3 the word of the LORD came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.

The Glory of the LORD

4 As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness around it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as it were gleaming metal.

5 And from the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had a human likeness,

6 but each had four faces, and each of them had four wings.

7 Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf's foot. And they sparkled like burnished bronze.

8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. And the four had their faces and their wings thus:

9 their wings touched one another. Each one of them went straight forward, without turning as they went.

10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had a human face. The four had the face of a lion on the right side, the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and the four had the face of an eagle.

11 Such were their faces. And their wings were spread out above. Each creature had two wings, each of which touched the wing of another, while two covered their bodies.

12 And each went straight forward. Wherever the spirit would go, they went, without turning as they went.

13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. And the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

14 And the living creatures darted to and fro, like the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them.

16 As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel.

17 When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went.

18 And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.

20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

22 Over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of an expanse, shining like awe-inspiring crystal, spread out above their heads.

23 And under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward another. And each creature had two wings covering its body.

24 And when they went, I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of many waters, like the sound of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

25 And there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads. When they stood still, they let down their wings.

26 And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance.

27 And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.

28 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Ezekiel 2: Ezekiel's Call

1 And he said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you."

2 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

3 And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.

4 The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'

5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.

6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions. Be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.

7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house.

8 "But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Be not rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you."

9 And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me, and behold, a scroll of a book was in it.

10 And he spread it before me. And it had writing on the front and on the back, and there were written on it words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

Things to think about…

1.We can say with absolute certainty what year Ezekiel is prophesying and when he saw this vision. It is the 5th year of the captivity of Jehoiachin. The 2nd raid by the Babylonians was in 597BC, so the year is 592BC. The thirtieth year could mean the 30th year since Josiah found the book of the law in the temple 622-623BC or Ezekiel's age. At any rate we know the year is 592BC. And the hand of the Lord was upon him. I remember the Lord's hand being heavy upon me in March, 1992. I was actually in a church and not by a river as Ezekiel was. I received my call from the Lord after that experience, much like Ezekiel (and Isaiah). The Lord calls us all to teach the lost about the saving love of Jesus Christ.

2.You notice here the description given by Ezekiel of the Lord's throne-room, Ez 1:4-28 is very similar to the description given by the Apostle John in Revelation 4. The only difference is that in Revelation the creatures were separately a lion, ox, man and eagle rather than each creature having the four faces as described here. The rumblings and thunder are also described by John. It is a wonderful confirmation of the consistency of scripture. Both these men prophesied about things to come after seeing these visions of the Lord's throne-room, as did Isaiah. What do you think the wheels and the eyes represent, Ez 1:18-21? Why do they go wherever the Spirit goes? We should go wherever the Spirit leads us, knowing He is in control of all as He sees all. Attached is a good rendition of what Ezekiel saw if you are finding it hard to picture in your mind -

3.We know this is a vision of the covenant keeping God because Ezekiel sees the symbol of the covenant made with man, the rainbow, as promised to Noah. John also mentions the rainbow in Rev 4:3. I remember seeing a wonderful rainbow not that long ago, a double rainbow actually. Rather than just seeing a refracting phenomenon with light being broken up into its varying components, I also see the God of light and life of God and his covenant promise. Remember folks, this is a vision of where we will be spending eternity. Start wondering!

4.In Ez 2 we see Ezekiel's call as a prophet. He is referred to as a 'son of man'. No other prophet is referred to in this way except of course the Son of Man – the Lord Jesus. It simply refers to one who is called out from the sons of men.

5.It is interesting that the Spirit entered into Ezekiel, Ez 2:2 and he heard the Lord speak. Does the Holy Spirit speak to you? Does He bring scripture to your mind, or does he give impressions on your heart? Does He give you words of knowledge about yourself or events? Or is there a combination of the above? Ask the Lord to show you new things about this world and yourself.

6.Look at poor Ezekiel. He has to go and speak to a group of rebels who will not listen to him, Ez 2:3, 4. They are a rebellious house. Sadly we are a lot like them. Look at the word he has to bring, it is not one of consolation, prosperity or comfort. Ezekiel said when the scroll was spread out, that on it were written words of lamentation, mourning and woe. You don't get a lot of this in today's spiritual diet. Please keep praying that the truth of God's word will be given by pastors and preachers who need to feel the weight of their accountability before the Lord.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Sunday morning's message on "You are God's gift to me" from Song of Songs 1:9-2:7.

1.These words are flowery and poetic language. Have you ever felt this way about a person where you only had eyes for them?

2.Often our first love is filled with endorphins and chemicals that keep us in an infatuation, honeymoon type state. Studies have shown these wear off after 18months to 3 years. The young person that you fell in love with no longer has the same appeal. What do you do to maintain romance and affection in your marriage?

3.The Song of Solomon has some resemblances to our connection with Christ as His bride. The Apostle John speaks about the Ephesian church while doctrinally pure had lost their first love, Rev 2:4,5. Jesus tells them to repent. What must we repent of when we wain in our love for Christ and the gospel.

4.Pray for a zeal in your closest relationships. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with His gifts, love and grace?

Prayer Points

1.This Saturday's men's breakfast

2.CBC's ministries for this term

3.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

4.Next Sunday's messages. Ezekiel 3"Whose watching over me?" in the morning, "Israel – the miracle nation"– Axiom 6pm.

5.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.

6.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.

7.Church finances – Pray all expenses are met and that we can again support Digital Harvest and One for Israel.

8.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.


Praise Points.

1.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services

2.Unity, love and peace


Announcements

1.Denning group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.

3.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church..

4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.

5.Members Meeting – 18th August after morning service.

6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton


This month's catechism question...

Q. 2. In whose name should we pray?
A. Only in the name of Christ.

Bible Reference – John14:13&14; John 16:23&24; Heb.4:14-16.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay


They wont listen to you
Many waters cannot quench love