Today we are starting a new series on the book of Ezekiel. One of the themes in Ezekiel is the Glory of the Lord. How important it is to grasp how Holy, Perfect, and good God is.
Ezekiel starts off with him spending time near a river on his 30th birthday. It says that he was a priest or at least the appropriate age to become a priest. However, God had other plans in mind. The Word of God comes upon Ezekiel and then the Lord provides a vision.
The vision in chapter 1 is strange and raises many questions. However, a lot of the imagery resonates with God and his character - how he has worked in the past. Some of the key pieces of imagery are the wheels within wheels and the glorious throne. These apparently depict God’s omnipresence and omniscience and the throne speaks of God’s omnipotent authority.
What Ezekiel saw, would be a sight to behold. In this vision, Ezekiel would be grasping and beholding the glory of God.
"This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking." Ezekiel 1:28.
Ezekiel understands the Glory of God is far greater than the glory of man. Therefore, God calls him to change from priest to prophet, which is no easy task. It would be easier for Ezekiel to remain a priest. As a prophet he had a difficult job telling people to stop ignoring God and behold His glory rather than their own. Ezekiel takes the tougher job because God’s glory far outweighs anything this world can offer.
Following God’s call of being His people might not seem appealing in today’s world, however when we fully grasp how amazing, perfect, holy, and good God is - we behold His glory as our top priority for our life like Ezekiel did.