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Understanding Ezekiel?

‘Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.’ (Ezekiel 1v20)
It is of great benefit when reading Ezekiel to recognise this book is unlike any other. The verse – taken from Ezekiel’s vision- forces the reader to contemplate a scene so wondrous that it defies description. Or at the very least, our ability as humans to contemplate  the complexity of what is being viewed.
However, for the purposes of this series on understanding the Holy Spirit in History,  it will suffice to say that the ‘spirit’ as it is mentioned here falls into one of two explanations – these being:
  1. a supernatural occurence that facilitates the mechanism seen in Ezekiel’s vision?
  2. an unknown dynamic through which movement occurs that Ezekiel presumes spiritual?

From what is encountered later in  the book of Ezekiel, we realise that Ezekiel’s calling iand ability as a prophet is quite unique. However , for now, it will suffice to say his writing points to God who is  revealing what is to come through Ezekiel, his chosen vessel.

click here to read the context of v20 as it appears within chapter 1.
click here for a really interesting piece on Ezekiel

 


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Dreams, prophesy and visions?

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,  your young men will see visions,  your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’ (Acts 2v14-18)

I love this picture, especially its colour and vibrancy. The tree with its autumnal leaves is beautifully contrasted against the azure blue sky. In short: all is well within this picture. Moreover,  it fufils and defies our expectation.

In a similar way, Peter brings colour, vibrancy and contrast as he explains to the visiting Jews what it is they have just experienced: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,  your young men will see visions,  your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’

Or in other words:

‘Listen guys, you want answers and the only thing I can tell you is that God is making good on His promise. As we speak, His Holy Spirit is falling on people, enabling them to  prophesise, have visions and dream about a different future with God in which He reigns.’ (circa Bob)

However dull or muted or lifeless we might feel in our Christian life, the truth is that God is in the process of bringing change to the weary and downtrodden. Change fuelled by a desire that we too – like the first Christians – might know Him deeply and respond to the gifts he generously gives us. The only catch being that we must be open to God, willing to accept whatever we are given and proactive in putting them to use as we build God’s Kingdom in the world.

 

 


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