- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ezekiel 1
Ezekiel was a priest in the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem. As a priest in temple Ezekiel belonged to a select, privileged, and educated class in Judah.
At the first Babylonia invasion in 597 BC, Ezekiel was exiled to Babylonia with other Jewish exiles. They lived by Chebar river. His prophetic ministry to this fellow exiles extended from 593BC to 563BC.
“This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord,” (Ezekiel 1:28) describes overall picture of the book of Ezekiel, the presence of God. His prophecy relates to the issue of God’s presence with God’s people in exile.
The book of Ezekiel is divided into three sections: oracle of judgement for the house of Israel (1-24), oracle against foreign nations (25-32), and oracle of promising restoration (33-48).
The call of Ezekiel began at the thirtieth year. The thirtieth year seems most likely to refer to his age. Or some say that the thirtieth year refers to the year after his call. The fifth day of the fourth month. fifth year of the exile would be July 31, 593BC, when King Joiachin was exiled to Babylon.
Ezekiel saw the creatures, throne of God in vision. He saw the presence of God and he realizes that God is present with God’s people in exile.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?