Sunday, September 3, 2017

A WHEEL IN A WHEEL

One of the acts on America's Got Talent


  As I was reading through the Bible this year I came to Ezekiel 1:15

 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.
19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.


This Passage reminded me of the act which recently appeared on the America's Got Talent TV show.  It combined engineering with people who are gifted dancers and tumblers. Maybe the idea for this wheel came from Ezekiel's vision.  According to my study Bible this description represents some of God's attributes -- all knowing and all seeing. You may have heard the folk song written about the wheels:


Ezekiel saw the wheels;
Way up in the middle of the air.
Ezekiel saw the wheels;
Way up in the middle of the air.
Chorus
And the big wheel run by Faith, good Lord;
And the little wheel run by the Grace of God;
In the wheel in the wheel good Lord;
Way up in the middle of the air.
Who's that yonder dressed in white?
Way in the middle of the air.
It must be the children of the Israelite's:
Way up in the middle of the air.
Chorus
And the big wheel run by Faith, good Lord;
And the little wheel run by the Grace of God;
In the wheel in the wheel in the wheel good Lord;
Way up in the middle of the air.
Who's that yonder dressed in red?
Way in the middle of the air.
It must be the children that Moses led:
Way in the middle of the air.
Ezekiel saw the wheel;
Way up in the middle of the air.
Now Ezekiel saw the wheel in a wheel;
Way in the middle of the air.
Who's that yonder dressed in black?
Way in the middle of the air.
It must be the children running' back:
Way in the middle of the air.
Chorus
And the big wheel run by Faith, good Lord;
And the little wheel run by the Grace of God;
In the wheel in the wheel in the wheel good Lord;
Way in the middle of the air,
Way in the middle of the air.

To me this is all very strange.  The style of writing in Ezekiel is poetic.  He draws us a picture of God that is bigger than anything that we can imagine. All I know is that when we face threats such as the natural disaster of Hurricane Harvey, nuclear war from North Korea, and fires burning in Montana, California, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and others, we have a God who is bigger than any of these problems.  He will hear and answer our prayers for help.   Will you join me?

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    1. Thank you for praying. I noticed when prayer went up about Hurricane Harvey the storm was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

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