Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of Nov.

Nov 3, 2013 by

Verses:

Ezek. 1:5 “And from the midst of it there came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: They had the likeness of a man.”

Ezek. 1: 26 “And above the expanse that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, like the appearance of a sapphire stone; and upon the likeness of the throne was One in appearance like a man, above it.”

Ministry Reading:

Man is a great word in the Bible. God’s intention is with man, God’s thought is focused on man, and God’s heart is set upon man. God’s desire is to gain man. The fact that four living creatures bear the appearance of a man [Ezek. 1:5] and that God on the throne also bears the appearance of a man [v. 26] indicates that God’s central thought and His arrangement are related to man.

The Bible clearly reveals that man is the means for God to manifest Himself. God cannot be manifested without man. Man was created in God’s image in order to be God’s expression. God is the center of the universe, but He needs an expression, and this expression is through man. Without man, God has no expression. The millions of angels cannot be the expression of God. God needs a corporate man to express Him. You should never despise the fact that you are a man.

The vision in Ezekiel 1 reveals three crucial matters concerning the four living creatures’ bearing the appearance of a man. First, God’s glory is manifested upon them. The manifestation of God’s glory depends upon their having the appearance of a man. Where they are, there God’s glory is. God’s glory is not separate from them, and apart from them God’s glory cannot be manifested. Second, these living creatures are the means of God’s move. God’s move depends on them. When they move, God will move, for His move is with them. Third, the four living creatures, who bear the appearance of a man, are the means of God’s administration. Ezekiel 1 reveals that God is sitting on the throne. God’s throne dominates everything on earth and everything recorded in this book. This throne, therefore, is the center of God’s administration. However, the center of God’s administration depends on the four living creatures having the appearance of a man. Because of this, there is the administration of God’s throne. If we put these three things together, we will see that man is the means of God’s manifestation, that man is the means of God’s move, and that man is the means of God’s administration. In God’s eyes and in God’s hands, man has such an important position.  (Life-study of Ezekiel, msgs. 4-5)

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