Check this out:Ezekiel uses the number “four”forty-seven times in his book, in fact, seven times in just six verses in chapter 10. There’s something special about the number four: think about the word “quarter,” the four directions, four walls in your room, the four seasons, and also, the number of the Evangelists. Slow down your reading so that the images in Ezekiel can come alive in you. Let Ezekiel take you where he wants to go.
The four faces have led to various later understandings of the faces of the Evangelists. St. Matthew is the winged man, St. Mark is the winged lion, St. Luke, the winged ox. St. John is the eagle as he soars very high and tells us wondrous things about Jesus.
Anything stuck in your heart, making it seem like a heart of stone? Read the wonderful promise in 11:19 where God tells us that he will give us hearts of warm flesh, beating in love.
Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
This year in the Easter Season we read selections from Ezekiel 1—16.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.