Biblical Interpretation from Someone with no Training in Biblical Interpretation
Today I thought I would put to ink (or as far as you’re concerned, pixels) that there is still quite a bit about the Bible that I don’t fully understand; namely, the stranger stuff in Ezekiel.
Now, I did an internet search and found that most people are hung up on the strange things god makes Ezekiel do. But I don’t know…the poop-for-fuel and shaving and even not mourning his wife stuff is relatively easier to interpret compare to…..GIANT FLYING ANIMALS!
Ezekiel 1 is ridiculously confusing. Check out what it says,
I looked, and I saw windstorm coming out of the north- an immense cloud with flashing lighting and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; and their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings, and their wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.
Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle (Ezekiel 1:4-10).
This is only compounded by the creatures returning around chapter 10. Similar looking animals appear in Revelation,
Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had the face of a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“Holy, holy, holy
Is the Lord God Almighty,
Who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:6-8)
This appearance doesn’t make any of it easier to understand. I’ve been praying so I’m sure the Holy Spirit will explain it to me one day- but I am having trouble being patient about it. In John 3:12 Jesus says, “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?” No kidding J-man, heavenly things are beyond comprehension. I tell you the truth, I would assume too much drugs or alcohol or insanity were involved if anyone said this kind of stuff to me,
I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like chrysolite. As for their appearance, the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings, were completely full of eyes as were their four wheels. I heard the wheels being called “the whirling wheels.” Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the four the face of an eagle (Ezekiel 10:9-14).
Anyway, I trust that God knows what he’s doing and that’s how Ezekiel probably felt, so I’m in good company.