Wrestling with Truth — July 15 2012

EZEKIEL and GOD’S GLORY

We considered Ezekiel’s visions and observations:

  • Chapter 1:  Describes a special “machine” or “entity” which is characterized by power, movement, lights, wheels, a raised platform, and a throne.  It seems to be a picture of God’s glory, his omnipresence, and his rapid movement.
  • Chapter 8:  Ezekiel’s return to Jerusalem where he sees many evils in the temple: idolatry in the temple, the image of jealousy (v. 5); the worship of idols and pictures (v. 7); the worship of the Babylonian fertility god, Tammuz (v. 14).
  • Chapter 10—The glory of the Lord departs from the temple.
  • Chapter 11:16-20—The return of God’s glory is promised.
  • Chapter 43:1-5—God’s glory returns.

DEFINITIONS of GLORY:

  • Westminster shorter catechism:   Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever.
  • Col 1:27:   . . . Christ in you, the hope of glory.
  • God’s glory:  The reality of the true nature of God.
  • Humanity’s glory:  Humanness when it truly reflects the image of God.

SONGS:

You might enjoy this song about the “wheels in Ezekiel” which we listened to:  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f69SLJPNRU)

We also listened to “He’s the Lord of Glory” by Phyllis C Spiers.  Here are the words to the chorus:

He’s the Lord of Glory, He is the great I Am
He’s the Alpha and Omega, The beginning and the end
His name is Wonderful, The Prince of Peace is He
The everlasting Father, Throughout eternity.

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