Ezekiel 1:27-28 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
Scripture spoke in two ways this morning. In the verses above, we see Ezekiel’s vision. It was a pretty dramatic vision. There were creatures with four faces, wheels and creatures with eyes, and spirits. And yet Ezekiel stood there gazing at them all chapter (for about 25 verses). However, in the last three verses, something else became part of the vision. He looked up, and saw a throne. And he saw someone upon the throne. And once he realized that this was the glory of God, it changed what he did and how he responded. He fell on his face. He listened to what was being said.
This reminds me that we can be a part of amazing things, and see amazing things in our lives. We can stand and we can serve. But once we get a glimpse of His glory, it can’t but drive us to our face before Him, and change the way we do what we do. My prayer today is that I’d get hear His voice and see His glory in my walk with Him and in my life. Other visions are great, but a vision of Him is greater.
Ezekiel 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
The second thought is that of being a watchman. While Ezekiel sat astonished of the vision he has seen, the Word of the Lord came to him and told him that he was to do something with the calling God had given to him. He wasn’t to keep God’s words to himself. He wasn’t to just sit there. He was to be a watchman.
I am reminded today that the Lord has made us, too, watchmen – and especially those of us who teach and preach. Might we be watchmen in our churches, and in our communities, and in our families. Might we warn, and preach, and save for His sake.