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Ezekiel 10:15-19 – The Glory of the Lord Departs from the Temple

Summary

In a vision, Ezekiel sees the glory of the Lord depart from the temple to God's throne-chariot.

Analysis

The throne-chariot of God is a powerful symbol of God's presence and glory in this book. After speaking about many of the abominations and sins of Israel, Ezekiel sees the throne-chariot again (10:1). The "cherubim" are the living heavenly beings (10:20) who carry the throne of God. The "glory" or throne leaves the house of God (temple) where God's glory had dwelt in the past. God's presence, glory, and blessing are about to leave the temple and Jerusalem (10:19).

Ezekiel 10:15-19

15 The cherubim rose up. These were the living creatures that I saw by the river Chebar. 16When the cherubim moved, the wheels moved beside them; and when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise up from the earth, the wheels at their side did not veer. 17When they stopped, the others stopped, and when they rose up, the others rose up with them; for the spirit of the living creatures was in them.

18 Then the glory of the Lord went out from the threshold of the house and stopped above the cherubim. 19The cherubim lifted up their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight as they went out with the wheels beside them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the Lord; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.

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