Saturday, May 15, 2021

Our Reality is not the Only Reality

 


I’ve been reading Ezekiel 1 this morning, and he tells the story of his first vision from God.  Honestly, I’ve never had a dream like this!  If it were a movie, it would be classified as science fiction, filled with crazy kinds of beings with amazing skills!  Here’s the passage regarding the creatures he saw:


“As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. Thus were their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies. And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.

As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.

Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they moved, they went toward any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they went. As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them.” – Ezekiel 1:10-18


I had to look up images that have been created to get a picture in my mind of what this would look like.  Then I went to my favorite Bible scholar’s writings and read what Adam Clarke said about it.  Then God spoke to me a verse I often remember when reading His word, Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Adam Clarke expressed that the eyes on the wheels may have been where the spokes connected.  But that’s not what the Word says.  It says they were eyes! 

It is in our own reality that we try to envision the things we’ve not seen.  Because we’ve never seen a being that resembles a wheel with eyes, we picture a wheel as we know it, with something that looks like eyes.  Yet, God says his thoughts are higher. 

When we try to fit God’s word into our reality, I believe we diminish it to only what we have seen and know.  Friends, the universe is vast, and there’s so much we ‘ve not seen!  Even the ocean floor has creatures that are being discovered daily.  There are creatures that can change their color, their size, and blend into a rock as if they were the rock.  There are creatures that glow, and species that carry various colors and shapes.  Google a few like the Leafy Sea Dragon, or the Christmas Tree Worm.  Even though we see these as wonderous creatures, God sees them as just another one of His many creations.

And then there’s the Spirit world that we have not yet seen.  Angels, Demons, the Holy Spirit, and God himself!  We simply cannot box our minds into believing that what we read is like something we know and have seen.  But one day, we will see and know.  Until then, believe God when He says if you seek Him, you will find Him.  He will reveal to you what you need to know, and some things are on a need-to-know basis.  

 

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