2 Samuel 10 (didn’t cover this passage, but it is always confronting when reading about the massive amount of death in the promised land. Israel killed forty thousand soldiers. Forty thousand!)
Jesus is worthy of our glory. We read in Hebrews 1 that he is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s being.
Ezekiel 1 gives us a picture of the ‘appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.’ (v28) It starts with Ezekiel seeing a huge storm cloud approaching, filled with flashing lightening and surrounded by brilliant light. The centre of the cloud is full of fire, and the centre of the fire looks like molten metal. In the fire are 4 incredibly powerful looking creatures. They each have four faces; the face of an ox (most powerful of domesticated animals), lion (king of the wilderness), eagle (king of the air) and man (ruler over creation) and 2 sets of wings. Fire with lightening flashing out of it dashes between each of creatures and they walk straight ahead without looking back. Beside each creature are 2 intersecting wheels, each made of sparkling gemstone and the rims full of all seeing eyes. As the creatures move so the wheels move. As the creatures move, the sound of their wings is like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of God, like the roar of an army. The picture then pans back and we see that these creatures are small under what looks like a great expanse above them. The expanse is awesome and sparkles like ice. The creatures stand still and lower their wings. The sound of their wings stops. A voice is heard from above the expanse. Above the expanse there is what looks like a throne made of sapphire. And high above the throne is a figure like a man. He is like glowing metal from waist up as if full of fire. From there down he looked like fire, and brilliant light surrounded him. His radiance was like that of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
Ezekiel falls facedown and, after the interaction, is overwhelmed for 7 days unable to move.
Ezekiel is unable to do anything for 7 days because he has met the appearance of the likeness of the glory of God.
Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being. Have we truly met Jesus? Do I have the reverence for Jesus that he deserves? Should not I too be falling face down time and time again because I have a personal relationship with Jesus?
‘And when I turned I saw… someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”’ Revelation 1
This is the Jesus we know, love, obey and worship.
Lord, let us see and know your glory and fall at your feet.