Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
I make no pretense of understanding the first part of Ezekiel, especially when he tells about a wheel in the middle of a wheel. (Ezekiel 1:16)
I believe many factors come into place that keeps us from truly understanding it, which is why you find so many different commentaries, interpretations, and sermons that differ about the same scripture.
One factor is language. Language changes over time not to mention how many different languages exist and how many languages have died.
The Bible has much in Hebrew, Greek, and some Aramaic and I imagine those languages changed over the centuries and then translating those changing languages into other changing languages.
Just take a look at English, with King James English as an example.
No one speaks today using saying “What is this that thou hast done?”
Instead, you would ask, “What have you done?” or “What did you do?”
Language has changed.
Even in the English speaking nations of the world, there is a difference.
I live in East Texas and have a lady from New Jersey in my church that has had a difficult time understanding me. She is use to it now and has adapted many of our words into her vocabulary.
Location plays a large part in understanding each other and the Bible.
When Ezekiel speaks of a whirlwind I envision a tornado. However, I am from Texas, the leading state in tornadoes and would think that way. Yet, tornadoes are not Middle Eastern weather phenomena so Ezekiel could not have thought about a tornado or a hurricane, or a Nor’easter.
Dust storms do occur in that part of the world and though I know what it is, we don’t experience them in East Texas.
When I read this verse I think of a dust cloud with a low setting sun shining on it giving the appearance of a raging fire, the color of amber.
Certainly, God could create something literal but I’ve discovered He often uses His natural creation to perform or demonstrate His supernatural ability.
With that said, we begin our look at the memorable scriptures in Ezekiel.