Today you should read: Ezekiel 1
Welcome to the book of Ezekiel. As we dive into this new book I wanted to give some basic background on who this is and what this book is about. Obviously Ezekiel is the author of this book. He was a prophet during the time of king Jehoichin, also during the Babylonian exile. He writes this book with two running themes in mind:
- God’s judgement for sin and disobedience
- God’s grace in saving and restoring his people
It is interesting that Ezekiel, in Hebrew, means “God is our strength”. As we read throughout this book we will see that name bear itself in the fact that God’s people would and do need God to be their strength.
Ezekiel starts off in chapter 1 with a beautiful description of a vision he had received from God. It is one of God’s awesome glory and beauty. It is important to remember that, although God is our father and loves us, he is still all-powerful and above all things. He is an awesome sight and one that should strike both joy and fear in us. God is so beyond our comprehension that when we are faced with his physical presence, time and time again, man has one response
All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the LORD looked like to me. When I saw it, I fell face down on the ground, and I heard someone’s voice speaking to me. (Ezekiel 1:28 NLT)
We fall on our faces before our mighty God, just as Ezekiel did. There will be many chapters of discussion, foreshadowing, and visions but we start with God entering the picture as only he can.
What an amazing reminder of how awesome God is and how worthy He is of our praises. So as we tackle this book together let’s remember where we start from and our appropriate position before God.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd