Devotional Ezekiel 1:27-28
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
January 31st, 2013
(Ezekiel 1:27-28) Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, 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 I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. 28 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. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.
Ezekiel received his call to prophetic ministry as a Judean captive residing in Babylon. Removed from his homeland, and presumably from family and friends, his freedom restrained, this young priest found himself surrounded by the idolatry of the Babylonians. Things looked bleak, to say the least.
But then Zeke received a visit from God! In a vision, God reveals a glimpse into the heavenly realm. Ezekiel sees angelic beings he struggles to describe in human language, and then he sees the very form of God.
It comes as little surprise that Ezekiel would see God as the appearance of fire. Fire is prominent in the Bible as representing God’s character – whether the fire of judgment to consume the unrighteous; or the fire of refinement, purifying the people of God.
What is particularly fascinating in Ezekiel’s vision of the One who sat upon the throne is this: our God is not only wrapped in fire, but also in the rainbow – that which was given to man in the days of Noah as a perpetual sign of God’s remembrance of, and grace towards, His creation. Yes, our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), holy and just. But for those who will respond in faith and trust, our God is gracious and loving, slow to anger and abounding in mercy.