Proverbs 15:3 (NLT version unless otherwise specified) is the inspiration for all that follows in this blog: ”The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping His eye on both the evil and the good.”
II Chronicles 16:9 “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”
Job 1:8 “Then the Lord asked Satan during a council meeting held in heaven of all the ‘Sons of God:’ caretakers of other planets–see Archive for April 2008. ’ Have you noticed My servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth–a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.’ ”
Malachi 3:16,17 “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord Himself listened to what they said. In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared Him and loved to think about Him.”
Proverbs 14:26 ”Those who fear the Lord are secure; He will be a place of refuge for their children.”
Psalms 33:13, 14 “The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth.”
Psalms 34:15 “The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help.”
The attention that God gives to events and individuals on earth, according to the Scriptures, amazes me. Trillions of thoughts, actions, decisions and attitudes are occurring “24/7.” He not only knows what is happening right this minute, but He has recorded information in “resource books” in heaven (Mal. 3:16,17; Rev. 21:27; Ps. 69:28) that I’m sure will be available during the millenium to those who are “judging, and reigning” with Christ (Rev. 20:4,11-15)
I believe that God’s presence everywhere, anywhere, anytime on this earth is represented symbolically in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4. These chapters are better than any science fiction movie ever concocted by mere human beings: fascinating reading! But for this writing, I’ll emphasize references to “eyes.”
Ezekiel writes the book bearing his name while most of Judah is in exile in Babylon because they had rebelled against the Lord. As they were camped beside the Kebar River, “the heavens were opened to me (Ezekiel) and I saw visions of God, and I felt the hand of the Lord take hold of me.”(Ezekiel 1:3) (Imagine!) Ezekiel saw a great storm coming from the north, driving before it a huge cloud that flashed with lightning and shone with brilliant light. The fire inside the cloud glowed like gleaming amber. From the center of the cloud came four living beings that looked human (vs. 5)…They each had two pairs of wings with human hands (vs. 8) beneath them.
“As I looked at these beings, <em>(Ezekiel speaking) I saw four wheels on the ground beneath them, one wheel belonging to each. …The rims of the four wheels were awesomely tall, and they were COVERED WITH EYES ALL AROUND THE EDGES.” Ezekiel 1:15-18 This structure of beings and wheels are described as being extremely fast and they could change direction without turning! They each had 4 faces: a <strong>human face</strong> on the front, a face of a lion on the right, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle on the back. (vs. 10)
Now come to Revelation 4 where worship in Heaven is described. John, the Beloved sees 24 elders around the throne of God and four “living beings each COVERED WITH EYES, front and back. The first one had the form of a lion; the second looked like an ox, the third had a <strong>human face; and the fourth had the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and THEIR WINGS WERE COVERED WITH EYES, inside and out….” (vs. 6-8)
Ezekiel and John, living some thousand years apart, saw similar worship scenes! Looking at II Chron. 16:9, do you see a God Who is capable of seeing and hearing us at ALL TIMES? Think about what that entails–seeing and hearing us from outer space with a technology way beyond our understanding, unnumbered throngs of hearts with all kinds of spiritual failures and successes, and myriads of requests. Can you feel assured that God is interested in your choices or needs?
Because of God’s unfailing love, we can know that in God’s infinite greatness, He is both capable of knowing us, and is interested in every faithful follower on earth. In the gospels, He asserts that anyone who will listen to His Word and follow it are more like His family, than His earthly mother and siblings! Therefore, I declare, that we who spend time with Him in His Word, meditating, praying and then going forth to do the job He gave each of us to do–we are His family and He is looking forward to bringing His faithful ones home as soon as possible.
I believe the eyes inside and outside of the angels’ wings, and all around the wheels in Ezekiel’s “chariot,” AND the eyes seeming to cover the four living beings in Revelation 4, represent the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that He would live in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. It is through Him that the Father loves us and we love Him. The Holy Spirit is unlimited in His power. Pentecost launched a greater role for the Holy Spirit. He is available to us night and day and through His ministry to us all (see Romans 8), the Father and Son are in touch with us instantly – sometimes even before we call. Having said that, I have observed that the Trinity seems to work on our behalf either singly, or in coordination. I’m not saying that the Father and Son cannot see us directly from Heaven. I believe Heaven is employing every modality available to Them to save us!!! Hallelujah!
Incidentally, remember the banners Israel marched under every time they broke camp to move to the next venue? There were four groupings of tribes when they marched. I couldn’t find a scriptural reference to verify what was on those banners, but according to Jewish tradition, during Israel’s wilderness wandering, when the Cloud (or God, see I Cor. 10:4) moved, the whole camp moved with the tribe of Judah (the banner was a Lion) leading 3 tribes, then came Reuben (the banner was an Ox) leading 3 tribes, third came the tribe of Ephraim (the banner was of a Man) leading 3 tribes and last came Dan (the banner was an Eagle) leading the final group of 3 tribes. Notice that the symbols used in both Ezekiel and Revelation were the same ones used in the banners that led Israel through the wilderness!
God’s people, spiritual Israel, ARE STILL MARCHING TOWARD HEAVEN! And GOD is still LEADING HIS PEOPLE ON!
Next time you read through Proverbs or many of the Psalms where God is pictured as “leaning down” to the hear the prayers of His people, let the beautiful truths given us by David, Ezekiel and John bring the fragrance of Heaven into your life, because GOD IS TRULY WITH US. HE SEES US, He even knows my name, and He likes to spend quality time with me and all others who sincerely seek to know Him.