Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 11, 2017

“Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. … On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.”

Today’s devotion comes from Ezekiel chapter 1.

“Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.  (On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar;  and there the hand of the Lord came upon him.)

As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.  Within it there were figures resembling four living beings.  And this was their appearance: they had human form.  Each of them had four faces and four wings.  Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze.  Under their wings on their four sides were human hands.  As for the faces and wings of the four of them, their wings touched one another;  their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward.  As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man;  all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle.  Such were their faces.  Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies.  And each went straight forward;  wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went.  In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings.  The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire.  And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

Now as I looked at the living beings, behold, there was one wheel on the earth beside the living beings, for each of the four of them.  The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship was like sparkling beryl, and all four of them had the same form, their appearance and workmanship being as if one wheel were within another.  Whenever they moved, they moved in any of their four directions without turning as they moved.  As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about.  Whenever the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them.  And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also.  Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction.  And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.  Whenever those went, these went;  and whenever those stood still, these stood still.  And whenever those rose from the earth, the wheels rose close beside them;  for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels.” 

Now over the heads of the living beings there was something like an expanse, like the awesome gleam of crystal, spread out over their heads.  Under the expanse their wings were stretched out straight, one toward the other; each one also had two wings covering its body on the one side and on the other.  I also heard the sound of their wings like the sound of abundant waters as they went, like the voice of the Almighty, a sound of tumult like the sound of an army camp; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.  And there came a voice from above the expanse that was over their heads; whenever they stood still, they dropped their wings.

Now above the expanse that was over their heads there was something resembling a throne, like lapis lazuli in appearance;  and on that which resembled a throne, high up, was a figure with the appearance of a man.  Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire;  and there was a radiance around Him.  As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance.  Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.  And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.”  Ezekiel chapter 1. 


All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16.

I live in the City of St. Petersburg which has one of the best collections of Dali art, but I still prefer representational art (also known as figurative art) over abstract art.

I also prefer Scripture which lays out clear, easy to understand statements over parables and visions.  But, we know that even visions in Scripture are profitable (as compared to personal visions outside of Scripture – “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind,”  Colossians 2:18).

And so, even though the vision in this chapter is difficult is to understand, we meditate on it.

These are my impressions of this vision:  glory, awesome, perfection, beauty, power, precision, straight forward movement without looking around, ease of movement, and under command of God.

And, I am pleased to see Reformed Doctrine even in my impressions of this vision.

Other doctrine portray its imaginary god stripped of these characteristics and prefers a god who looks around, halts and falters, struggles to move, and whose primary movements are to react to man (rather than to initiate).

But, Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who is glorious, awesome, perfect, and beautiful.  

Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who is all-powerful and Who moves straight forward without looking around, and Who easily moves with precision, and Who accomplishes all of His good pleasure. 

In summary, Reformed Doctrine presents the Sovereign God of Scripture Who commands and rules over everything.  Total Perfect Triumph!

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
10 All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”  Psalm 145:3-13.


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