This week the book of the Bible I will be reading is Ezekiel. Ezekiel was a prophet. He was like a street preacher who was asked by God to be dramatic in his teaching. Once he laid on his side for 390 days, and ate only a small amount once a day. He was born in Judah but he was taken captive to Babylon in 597B.C. He got his call from God to be a prophet at the age of 30. He was a messenger to the exiled to let them know why they were in the situation they were in, let them know they would be there a long time, bring a message of hope, and to bring the people to an awareness of their dependence of God.
In spite of his captivity, he was able to be used by God.
Ezekiel starts off with him receiving a vision from God. A vision of a cloud, light, fire, and four incredible creatures and then he saw God in the vision.
Ezekiel 1: 26
Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.
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.
God appeared to people in the old Testament in the most incredible ways. His appearance to Ezekiel was no less than magnificent. He could know without a doubt that it was God that he saw.
God had a job for Ezekiel and in reading this book of the Bible, I expect to learn more about commitment that God calls from us.