In my daily reading plan I’m making my way through Ezekiel amongst other passages in the Bible and the truth is there are sections which are difficult to understand containing language and concepts that are hard to make sense of.
In chapter 1 Ezekiel sees a vision of four creatures, each having wings, a face, flying in the midst of fire, moving at the speed of lightning and each having a corresponding wheel that was intersecting with another wheel!!! How can we imagine what that looked like and what does that all mean?
In chapters 38 and 39, the prophesy refers to the mysterious Gog and Magog. It’s unclear who Gog is, where Magog is and when this prophesy against God’s people is to be fulfilled! We read the same names in the book of Revelation as well, which is way in the future (Rev 20. 8), so does this refer to ‘end times’?
There is much that is difficult for us to grasp in the Bible, not just in Ezekiel, but I am so thankful that Paul spells out clearly what is clear and what is of first importance.
In 1 Corinthians 15. 3-5 he writes, ‘For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter and then to the twelve’. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus is of first importance and is plain for all to grasp and understand. So whilst it’s important to broaden and deepen our Bible knowledge, let’s never do so at the expense of what is of first importance, what is plainly evident and what is the only thing that will save- believing in and following the Lord Jesus Christ who, as Romans 4. 25 says, ‘was delivered over to death for our sins and raised to life for our justification’.
Your friend and Pastor
Rev Colin MacLeod