“Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. …and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.” Ezekiel 1:1-3 KJV
Ezekiel, a contemporary of Jeremiah, should be serving in the Temple at Jerusalem. Instead, we find in the introduction of this writing that he is in Babylon. Along with King Jehoiachin and the aristocracy of Judah, Ezekiel has been taken captive. But even in exile, God has His hand upon him.
The Book of Ezekiel begins and ends with one theme — the glory of God and His Kingdom. In chapter one, he is given a vision of God on His throne… a mobile throne that is not restricted to Jerusalem. His vision has evoked many artist’s conceptions, but should much more cultivate worship. He is the God who is there!
What is the message between the first and final chapters of this book of prophecy? Not surprising, ‘that God’s people would know Him.’ At least seventy-two times the reader of this book will encounter these words, “…and you shall know that I am the LORD.”