Study Guide

Book of Ezekiel Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

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  • Waiting by the river Chebar with some exiles, Ezekiel—son of a priest named Buzi—sees visions of God. 
  • A stormy wind and a bright cloud come out of the north. Four creatures are inside the cloud: they're somehow all human, but each has four faces. One face is human, and the other three are those of an ox, a lion, and an eagle. 
  • The creatures each have a pair of wings and the tips of each touch the tips of the creature next to them. They also have another pair of wings, covering their bodies. 
  • In the middle of the creatures, there's what appear to be burning coals, which light up as the creatures dart around. 
  • Wheels appear under each of the creatures, each wheel being like a "wheel within a wheel." 
  • They look like beryl (a colorful stone) and can move in any of the four directions. The rims of the wheels are full of eyes
  • That's creepy.
  • The spirit of the creatures moves the wheels.

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  • Next, Ezekiel sees a dome above the creatures, and hears a sound like water surging or God's thunder or an army marching as they move. 
  • Above the dome there's a throne the color of sapphire, and "something like" a human is seated on the throne. Above the loins the human-like being is the color of amber, and there's fire below the lions and all around the figure. 
  • What exactly are loins, anyway?
  • A rainbow surrounds the being, whom Ezekiel identifies as "the likeness of the glory of the Lord."

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