- 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 10
The temple visions. (3)
In the previous chapter, Ezekiel saw a vision that the temple was defiled by the sins of people, idolatry. In this chapter he saw a vision that the Lord leaves his temple, so does the glory of God.
Ezekiel sees the vision that he first saw by the river of Kebar in chapter 1. It was the throne of God, and the living creature moving by the act of God, and the glory of God that filled the earth. “the man clothed in linen,” continued to execute the judgement of God, holding fire from between the cherubim and to scatter them over the city. Cherubim is an angelic being having two pairs of wings covering its face with two wings, and covering its legs with two other wings on the ark of covenant, which is the symbol of the presence of God.
Ezekiel saw the movement of the living creature with wheels in all direction, above which the glory of God. “the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple,”(v18) indicates that God is about to leave from the temple. “East gate,” was the main processional gate into the temple. God forsook the temple, God’s sanctuary(Ezekiel 9:7-9), desecrated by pagan rites and superficial worship, and was standing over the threshold of the sanctuary to leave.
God’s departure continues in chapter 11.
The reflection question is how do we worship God today in the church today?
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?