Studies in Ezekiel – Ezekiel 1:26-28, 2:1-5 — Visions of the Prophet
The visions of Ezekiel are to be placed among the most memorable visions in the Bible. Ezekiel was a priest during the Babylonian captivity. Students of the New Testament will find that his visions are echoed in the Gospel of John and in the book of Revelation.
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See also: John 3:17; Mark 2:28; I Cor. 15:45; Ezra 9:9; 2 Chronicles 7:13,14
Son of Man – v. 1 – Adam was a son of God. Those who came in the lineage of Adam were sons of man. To the prophet this exalted title is given. In the centuries that followed there would come another to carry the title of Son of Man, Jesus of Nazareth.
Prophesy – vs. 2, 5 – The children of Israel did not need to despair. God had a message for them even in their exile. God revealed his word and will for the people. Likewise God has a message for all his children even in those times when they are held in spiritual bondage. God has spoken.
Exile – v. 2 – God was a delivering God in Moses’ day. God will be a delivering God in the days of Ezekiel. God is for all generations a delivering God.
Anguished admission – v. 3 – God knew his own. His own did not know God. A parent may have his or her child in mind all the hours they spend away from home. In its immaturity the child may wonder if it has been abandoned by the parent.
Keynote – v. 5 – God speaks to fulfill God’s obligation. God has not withheld the knowledge of God’s will. Today it is found in the Bible. It is available to God’s people even if they will not listen. As someone said, “We can give thanks that God is who God is.”
Exemplary story: “Ezekiel and the Wheel” is a favorite spiritual that reminds us of the prophet’s vision of the cherubim. No fireworks display could match the glory of that vision. Yet, if the reader will continue reading the account of Ezekiel, a far greater vision may be found. Ezekiel was led in a vision into the very throne room of heaven, when he was called to be a prophet. We must remember the message of God for the people of God is nothing less than glorious