Reading the book of Ezekiel means entering a world of overwhelming sights and sounds, where anything can happen.
Ezekiel wrote, “As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance…of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.” (from Ezekiel 1:28, emphasis mine)
If I’d been there, I most certainly would have fallen on my face, too.
“As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.” (Ezekiel 2:2, emphasis mine)
On legs of rubber, I, too, would have needed help standing up!
The Spirit said, “I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’” (Ezekiel 2:4, emphasis mine)
As stubborn and obstinate as the children of Abraham, we, too, need to know that it is God who’s speaking to us. I believe that if Ezekiel and other writers of scripture had not made the unusual claim of “God said”—backed up by supernatural evidence—the Bible would be just another humanly-authored book and not intrinsically different.
Peter reiterates the theme: “For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (II Peter 1:16, emphasis mine) “For no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (II Peter 1:21, emphasis mine)
Thank God for the unshakable bedrock of His Word!
From November readings for Days 1 and 2
Ezekiel 1-3 and 4-8
Job 1 and 2
John 7:37-44 and 7:45-53
II Peter 1:1-11 and 1:12-21