What Did Ezekiel See?

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read through the Bible. This morning I came again to Ezekiel Chapter 1; and again I shake my head and wonder, “What was that?”

I’ve never seen an illustration that does it justice. To me it reads like some poor guy who’s burst into a local police station, trying to tell the cops about some incredible thing he’s seen, and he can’t get the words to make any sense.

We can be reasonably sure that Ezekiel’s description of his vision made more sense to his contemporary audience than it does to us. But are we sure we have to think it through? Are we sure we have to decipher it? I mean, who says so? Is it not enough to understand that this whole thing is about being in the presence of God–and of course it’s going to sound like crazy-talk when we try to describe it.

How are we, being flesh, to make sense of spiritual things? How are we, being earthly, to speak of heavenly things? Of course it’s going to come out weird. A lesser man than a prophet would’ve fainted dead away. Ezekiel, both a prophet and a priest, certainly seems to be having a hard enough time just keeping his head from falling off.

If the vision made perfect sense to us… it’d probably be fake.

But at least we can get this meaning from it: God is–and is He ever!

9 comments on “What Did Ezekiel See?

  1. A brilliant exegesis, Lee — one of those comments that make us think, “Of course, of course — I should have known that” or even “Of course, of course — I always knew that but I didn’t know I knew it.” Thank you for the insight.

  2. This passage of Scripture has forever made me scratch my head in wonder and look forward to the day I am enabled to understand all this. If we could fully fathom the things of God, He would no longer be God. He clearly told us our thoughts are not His thoughts. That, I do understand.

  3. This passage of Scripture has forever made me scratch my head in wonder and look forward to the day I am enabled to understand all this. If we could fully fathom the things of God, He would no longer be God. He clearly told us our thoughts are not His thoughts. That, I do understand.

  4. Wonderful commentary! I always wonder about that section in Revelations where John goes to write down what he has seen but is told not to – I wonder what he was going to write.

  5. That vision has long intrigued me. I don’t think we can fully comprehend what Ezekiel saw, but it gives us a glimpse into a realm that is beyond our grasp.

  6. I’ve always found it difficult to envision what Ezekiel saw. The heavenly places are so different from our earthly ones. When I read the passages of Ezekiel’s vision and what John the Apostle saw in the Revelation, I just have to leave my difficulty to understand in God’s hands. I think of a song my daughter sang with her class in elementary school: “Heaven is a wonderful place Filled with glory and grace. I’m gonna see my Saviour’s face ‘Cause Heaven is a wonderful place……I’m gonna go there!

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