Eze 10: "Divine glory cannot bear the presence of sin (Hab
1:13). Therefore coals of fire are scattered over the guilty city, and the Glory
makes ready to depart therefrom. It is a sad moment for Ezekiel, for, like his
faithful companions, he sought for the peace of Jerusalem. Instead he saw only
the spirit of compromise and deviant teachings among its people that augurs its
destruction. Thus the vision reveals: (1) Coals of fire ready to consume: vv
1-7. (2) The re-appearance of the cherubim: vv 8-22.
"The coals glowed and ran up and down between the living
creatures. They were but one; thus individually they were the Cherub, whilst
collectively they were the Cherubim. In scattering the coals over the city, the
man in linen had completed his work of sealing (Eze 9:11), and now passes over
to judgment. Then the vision concentrates again on the cherubim, now revealing a
man's hand under the wings (vv 8,14,21). Thus it is identified with the Adamic
race, for the cherubim of glory was developed from the work of Christ, a man of
like nature as his people, taken from among mankind, and constituted the Lord of
glory by the resurrection from the dead. Christ as the Ark, is seen in the
singular cherub; the multitudinous Christ is seen in the cherubim who convey the
glory away from the presence of sin (cp Acts 1:9). The glory awaits the new Age
when the cherubim will again be seen shining from the Ark" (GEM).
A THRONE: An empty throne, waiting for the glory of God
to come into it (see vv 18,19).
CHERUBIM: The living creatures of Eze 1: cp vv 15,20.
The cherubim serve both as Yahweh's throne and as his vehicle, the chariot (Psa
18:11; cf Psa 104:3).
BURNING COALS: "I will kindle an unquenchable fire in
the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses" (Jer 17:27). Cp Lam
4:11; Isa 23:12: "the devouring fire". Also, Deu 32:22; Jer 4:14;
FROM AMONG THE CHERUBIM: As if it were from the altar
of God, guarded by cherubim: cp Heb 12:29; Lev 9:24; 6:13; 2Ch 7:1-3.
A CLOUD FILLED THE INNER COURT: The chariot of the Lord
is sent to escort the glory of the Lord from the Temple.