Gems 2015 — November 14 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 1-2

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 14 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 1-2

Food for Thought: Ez. 1:26-28

It is difficult to put in human words the glorious, majestic grandeur of the Almighty God. The only thing one can do is use the very words that the prophets used by the anointing of the Holy Spirit when describing what they personally witnessed. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit, we gain a more profound picture of it within our spirit which can lead us to the only “natural” response to worship Him more deeply, more fully, for which He is most worthy.

Notice that Ezekiel describes the throne “in appearance like a sapphire stone” where the Lord sat (sits). His appearance from the waist up emitted, “as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward… the appearance of fire with brightness all around.” Ezekiel goes on to describe what he saw around the throne, “Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” His reaction to such glory, one that so many others have had, was to instantly fall prostrate on his face.

The prophet Isaiah was given a glimpse of the glory of God, as well. He said in Isaiah 6:1-4, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”

The apostle John also gives us a look into the glorious throne room and the Lord’s presence. In Revelation 4:2-6 He says, “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.” Every time we worship the Lord and pray, we are literally there before Him in the spirit. (See Heb. 4:16.)

Worshiping Him in reaction to His glory is never “radical” nor “fanatical,” as some claim; it is the only reasonable reaction one would have in His presence. And the wonderful thing about it is that when we do so, His glory surrounds us and flows in us, taking us to a much higher, glorious experience in the Lord. (See I Kings 8:11; Ex. 40:34; II Chron. 5:13, 14.) This is the kind of worshiper that He seeks, one who worships Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23).

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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