Ezekiel 1: Moving by the Spirit
Welcome to Ezekiel! As a fun bit of trivia, it is the longest book of the Bible that we have left in our journey together.
Chapter 1 starts out with probably what Ezekiel is most well-known for.
Eze 1:19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose.
Eze 1:20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, and the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
Eze 1:21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those rose from the earth, the wheels rose along with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
I think that this is kind of hard to wrap your head around. However, these two wheels most likely appeared to be perpendicular. It would be like a wheel within a wheel, so essentially as they were rotating, it was almost like you had the bare outline of a globe.
There were also the four living creatures who were also going exactly where the spirit was leading them. They did not turn; they took a direct line to where they were being led.
This is a complicated vision, but I want to point out something particularly interesting in verse 20. As I mentioned, the angels were moving by the spirit of God as you will find earlier in the chapter. However, now we understand that these wheels were influenced by the spirit of the angels.
I am not an expert in Biblical prophecy, but it seems that there is a definite connection that we can perceive from God to the angels to the wheels. It also worth pointing out that back in verse 15 that the wheels are on the earth. Perhaps that is an indication that the wheels are representative of motion on earth.
We are going to learn more about this vision, but for now, I think it is important to realize that there is this connection in nature. God is actively involved with His creation. He is not just a giant clockmaker, but He is everything that keeps the world in motion.