Behold His Glory
24th JUNE 2022
And He said to me, Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you. And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet, so that I heard Him who spoke to me. Ezekiel 2:1–2 MKJV
Ezekiel is one of the few privileged men who happened to behold the likeness of the glory of God in the Old Testament. His description of the glory he beheld, as captured in chapter 1:27–28, is one that could not have been created with his imagination. Bear in mind that the description Ezekiel gave was of the likeness of the glory he saw, meaning his description could still not fully capture what he was actually seeing.
As priests, God is by no means wanting to hide His glory from us. If Ezekiel, under the old covenant saw the glory, then as sons and daughters of the new covenant instituted by the very beloved of God, Jesus Christ, we have open access by His blood. One of the signs that you are beholding his glory is that you live a humbled life. This is expressed in Ezekiel falling on his face before His glory.
In Luke 9:1–5, we see the attempt of Zacchaeus to behold Jesus; by climbing a sycamore tree. Jesus responds by telling him to come down at once, why? We believe that Jesus was teaching an implicit lesson; we cannot exalt ourselves in an attempt to behold Him (we always have to come down; humble ourselves to behold Him). When Ezekiel humbled himself, the voice of the Lord came to him and lifted him.
Our lifting as priests is made possible by the voice of God. His voice comes to us when we see His glory and humble ourselves before Him. And anytime the voice of the Lord comes to us, His Spirit follows to perform that which was spoken. That is to say, even when God declares our lifting, we do not go about and lift ourselves; His Spirit comes in to do it.
Thank You, heavenly Father, that Your glory is not hidden from me. As I live humbly in honour of Your glory, may I continually behold Your glory in all aspects of my life. And may my lifting be by the works of Your Spirit, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: Ezekiel 3:23
Bible In One Year: Psalms [139–142]