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.
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.