June 15, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Ezekiel 1-6
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Commentary: The first chapter tells of Ezekiel being given a great vision, including an angel with four faces. There are many interpretations of the four faces. One is that each represents a Gospel and quality of Christ: the Lion representing kingship is Matthew, the ox representing servanthood is Mark, the man representing humanity is Luke, and the flying eagle representing deity is John. Chapter 2 is quite clearly God's call and commission of Ezekiel. Chapter 3 has Ezekiel eating the scroll of God which tastes like honey even though it is filled with words of doom. While we do not physically eat the Word of God, we use it to nourish us in our everyday lives. Ezekiel was quite overwhelmed by all that he experienced. Wouldn't you be? Ezekiel is assigned as a watchman, to warn the people of Israel against the false prophets. Ezekiel was responsible for delivering God's message - he was not responsible for the people's reaction to the message. Chapters 4 and 5 have Ezekiel acting out parables. He does this quite a bit throughout his ministry. In different ways, these parables depict the coming destruction of the Jerusalem. Chapter 6 is a prophecy against all of Israel (both Judah and Israel). Both nations will fall to Babylon, but some will be spared. They will be scattered, but they are to be witnesses for the Lord. Just as God proved He was Lord to the Israelites in Egypt, He will again prove to His people that He is Lord.
Focus Verse: 3:1-11 How is this similar to how we are to receive God’s word today? What is your experience with God’s word and how it makes you feel? How does it strengthen you? What does it tell you to do?