Ezekiel.1:15,16 – Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
This vision of Ezekiel is one of the most stunning in all of scripture. He saw the same beings that Isaiah saw in his temple vision and as John saw when he was caught up before the throne of God in heaven. Apparently these beings are worshippers and have attended the Lord since the day they were created. Ezekiel seems to have described these beings with more detail talking about wheels with wheels within them that actually have the spirit of the beings within them. I was recently looking at some of the older commentators view of this passage. Matthew Henry and Jonathan Edwards said that these wheels speak of the precise sovereignty of God. Even though the world may seem to be chaotic at times, God’s sovereign time clock is moving in perfection. The great day of His kingdom draws near. Here is something Edwards said about this passage.
“We began at the head of the stream of divine providence, and we have followed it and traced it through its various windings and turnings till we are come to the end of it, and we see where it issues: as it began in God, so it ends in God. God is the infinite ocean into which it empties itself. Providence is like a mighty wheel whose ring or circumference is so high that it is dreadful with the glory of the God of Israel above upon it, as ’tis represented in Ezekiel’s vision.”
Every time I hear the word sovereignty I am reminded of what it says in Hebrews 1:3 – “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power”. Jesus is the wheel in the middle of the wheel, He Himself rules and upholds all things with His word. This is personal, He is upholding all things in my life. Not only is He upholding, He is driving and orchestrating His awesome kingdom plan in my life. I want to ride on the wheel of God!