(22 verses, 3:17 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Ezekiel’s vision of the chariot throne of God from chapter 1 is expounded further in this chapter as God brings judgment and moves His throne.
- vv. 1-8: This is a description of the throne and a command from God to cast burning coals upon the city.
- vv. 9-22: This is a further description of the throne as God moves His glory from the temple.
- Ezekiel sees a vision of the coming judgment upon Jerusalem. Coals from beneath God’s chariot are to be cast upon the city. This represent the destruction of the city, which will be carried out by God through the agency of the Gentiles.
- The second part of the vision depicts the glory of the Lord leaving from the threshold of the temple, meaning that God has moved from the Most Holy Place (where He has promised to meet His people above the Ark of the Covenant). Eventually, the glory of God will leave the temple completely as God turns His face away from His people to leave them in their sin.
- This vision from Ezekiel is written for our instruction. The Lord turned His face of blessing away from His people and removed His presence from them as a direct result of their abandonment of His Word. This word of law must be placed before our eyes to crucify our sinful flesh that does not care one wit about the things of God. But for those who fear God’s wrath and recognize their sin, the Lord has another word. The Lord Jesus Christ has come to rescue them from sin and death. He is called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23), which means “God with us.” After His resurrection, He promises to be with us always through His appointed means of Baptism, teaching, and His Supper.
- Prayer: O Lord, do not turn away from us in Your wrath. Grant us to abide continually in Your Word, that the devil, the world, and our own sinful flesh would not cause us to forsake You. Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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