In family worship, we have reading from the book of Ezekiel. There are a lot of deep and awesome truths found in that book, some of which unlock other controversies that we have yet to understand.
Throughout the coming weeks, I will write about the book of Ezekiel based on various points my family members bring out each night. I pray that you will blessed.
How many men were commissioned by God in Ezekiel 9? There are six with swords; but among them was a man in linen with an inkhorn at his side...
In Revelation 1, Jesus is said to be walking among the candlesticks. But is that humanly possible? (We are allowed to consider the human element of the Son of God because John says, "one like unto the Son of man," a reference for the Son of God incarnate or made flesh.)
Jesus would not be in the candlesticks or be a candlestick Himself; no, He would be in the general area of the candlesticks - in their presence, so to speak. The same can be said of Him in Ezekiel 9. (For a brief review on Jesus being the man in linen, see the post entitled "A Duty to Report.")
That being the case, we can say that the man in linen is a seventh person. Seven is a number representing perfection: a fitting description of our Lord.
But notice that the seventh figure has an inkhorn instead of a sword. What for? To mark the righteous as He was commanded? I myself had not really considered anything deeper than that. But in worship one night, Dad said, "Because He is the Word."
He has always been the Word of God - divinely, humanly, figuratively, literally. In the Old Testament and the New. From the beginning (John 1:1-3) all the way through to the end (Revelation 19:13). Jesus is the Word.
Lord, please order my steps in Your Word. I want to be like Jesus. Please crucify me with Christ so that even though I live, it will not be I who lives, but Christ in me. Help me to live day by day by the faith of the Son of God. Help me to remember that He does love me, enough to lay down His life for me.