By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoichin's captivity, The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar, and the hand of the Lord was upon him. And I looked and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud and a fire infolding itself and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.... Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of the beryl, and they four had one likeness, and there work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.... 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 spoke."Ezekiel 1:1-4;15-16;27-28------Make it your assignment to compare Ezekiel's sighting of the Lord with Daniel (Daniel 10:1-10) and note the likenesses of glory and descriptives given to both men.Note the curious similarities: Dates. Rivers. Periods. Kings. Vision.It's extraordinary.-----Ezekiel's vision of God enlists a curious concoction of stone and jewel with glorious colors breathing into it and giving it life.The appearance of God is hard to describe and with little to compare but with stone and jewel (see the descriptives treading in the after verses and note the Spirit's descriptives employed in hoof of "burnished brass.") One has to chase about for words and come to the closest thing in proximity .. in which shines through the gleam of jewels in their color and pure radiance.----The magnificent vision of God is extraordinary ...But perhaps the biggest wonder of this passage lies in the timing of the vision.Don't miss it!Ezekiel was experiencing a period of difficulty in captivity as some of you are:+What better time to provoke an image and vision of God than when the soul is experiencing a true dejection and rejection from God.+What better time to transplant a transparent glory than when there's a running thread of deep pain in one's story.God tells His story well and He does it in color.-----Am I speaking to a soul in great despair and steeped in care today?Am I speaking to one who is faced with profound weight and decision?Am I speaking to one sitting by the river of Chebar and wondering whether there will be an end?Then Ezekiel gives permission for you to sit beside him and study the vision.See the color and the glory ... and consider the story.Witness the realm of God's incomprehensible glory shining like amber about you and the Father's arms coming down in an arching rainbow over you.The amber God will prevail in his fury and glory.-----Worship God for who He is and kneel before Him.He'll speak from the fire and burn like amber within you.The wheels will turn and the Spirit will rightly move you.And the time of captivity will be over.See the glory of God and the color of grace.See what Ezekiel saw ...And be amazed.-----
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