Posted by: peebles | January 6, 2012

Ezekiel 1:10 (KJV) ~ As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

This was a vision that Ezekiel saw of living creatures in the fire. In verse 5 of chapter one of Ezekiel, he says, “In appearance their form was that of a man.” Each one of these creatures can be seen as very symbolic. Let me try and explain.  

First of all, a man: God is an investor of people. He came to save us and passed onto us His great commission, to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. To tell the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ to all creation. The Bible says of Jesus in Philippians 2:8 (NIV),And being found in appearance as a man”. Mankind is within the heart-beat of God. Salvation was given to man, so man could come close to God.  

Secondly, the Lion:  we are called to be as bold as a lion, to be strong, courageous, and to be fearless in battle. We are called to walk with power and authority, and to reign and rule as kings in Christ Jesus.  

Thirdly, the ox:  the ox is a very loyal, hard-working servant, ready to do its master’s bidding at just a word. It does not grumble nor does it rebel, but  it picks up the yoke and goes to work, serving its master. It is a perfect picture of servant hood and how we should be.  

Fourthly, the eagle: it spreads its wings and flies. There are times when it will soar to great heights with the wind beneath its wings. It makes its home in the rock. God wants to break us out of our comfort zones, and for us to spread our spiritual wings, to soar high in God, with the wind of the Holy Spirit beneath our wings, lifting us to new heights in God. He wants us to make our home in the Rock, Christ Jesus.  

My friend, this vision that Ezekiel had is one which points to Jesus Christ; it also points to the foursquare gospel:

Jesus as the man: our Healer.

Jesus as the ox: our Saviour with the servant heart, who came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.

Jesus the as the eagle: our baptiser in the Holy Spirit. One of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is that of a dove.

Jesus as the Lion: the coming King. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. 

Ezekiel says of these creatures in chapter one verse twenty (NIV), “Wherever the spirit would go, they would go”. May we be lead by the Holy Spirit and always follow Jesus, to go where He would take us.   

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


  1. This is a very insightful explanation of Ezekiel Chapter one. It is a very popular theme in the fresco paintings of the Eastern Orthodox church . Traveling inTurkey (of all places) I’ve seen a few in various churches. Turkey was Asia Minor in the Bible and until the establishment of the Ottoman Empire, it was the seat of the Byzantine Empire. Thanks

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