E Z E K I E L.
In this chapter we have, I. The common
circumstances of the prophecy now to be delivered, the time when it
was delivered (ver. 1), the
place where (ver. 2), and
the person by whom, ver. 3.
II. The uncommon introduction to it by a vision of the glory of
God, 1. In his attendance and retinue in the upper world, where his
throne is surrounded with angels, here called "living creatures,"
ver. 4-14. 2. In his
providences concerning the lower world, represented by the wheels
and their motions, ver.
15-25. 3. In the face of Jesus Christ sitting upon the
throne, ver. 26-28. And
the more we are acquainted, and the more intimately we converse,
with the glory of God in these three branches of it, the more
commanding influence will divine revelation have upon us and the
more ready shall we be to submit to it, which is the thing aimed at
in prefacing the prophecies of this book with these visions. When
such a God of glory speaks, it concerns us to hear with attention
and reverence; it is at our peril if we do not.