Frank Stevens - Almonte Convention, Ontario, Canada - Saturday Afternoon, July 1953

Ezekiel 1.  Ezekiel was given a vision of creatures who were alive, but entirely controlled by God.  There was a great difference between them and the Children of Israel in chapter 2.  God wanted Ezekiel to see the God above the messengers.  They had four wings and four faces.  They turned not when they went and as God told Moses to tell the Children of Israel at the Red Sea, these creatures went forward. 

We should cooperate with God’s servants who work with God.  Ephraim turned back in the day of battle.  Jesus, at twelve, was about His Father’s business.  Later He said, “I must work the work of Him who sent me” and continued doing this even to the end of His life.  We need the face of a lion at times and the ox nature to keep plodding on and the eagle to rise above the difficulties. 

Jeroboam introduced two golden calves and turned many from God’s way.  The young prophet turned back when the old prophet lied to him and was slain.  Get to know what the Spirit would have us to do.  “A desire accomplished is sweet to the heart.” Proverbs.   

“With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you.”  Jesus said in verse 13.  They were like burning coals of fire.  John the Baptist was a burning and shining light.  They were bound together.  Paul said in Hebrews 13, “Remember them which are in bonds as bound with them."  Jesus felt thus to the thief on the cross.  His heart was going out to others.  He was the Light of the World.  Let our lights shine by loving one another with a pure heart fervently. 

Verse 15, one wheel was upon the earth.  We have one human nature.  The wheel in the middle of a wheel is the will of God.  We need to be full of eyes and watch our life’s influence. 

Verses: 10-21, before we got saved, we didn’t do the will of God.  Our human nature, like fire is a good servant when under control of the Holy Spirit.  When they stood they let down their wings and listened to the King above.  Ezekiel saw His likeness.  God still sits on His throne.  We are a part of this kingdom.  “We receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved.” 

The rainbow always reminds us God’s promises are true.  Our God is a consuming fire.  Gold, etc. mentioned in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2, 1 Thessalonians 1 and 2; James, chapters 3 and 4.  Like hay, Luke 18. 

Self righteous.  Abel sacrificed more excellent than Cain’s.  No love of God in his sacrifice. 

In Chapter 2:8, rebellion makes lamentation; mourning and woe. 

Chapter 3, eat this roll.  In his mouth, it was sweet.

Hymns 255, 41