4 faces of god
The four faces of a leader – ps. chris hodges
Angels with faces that seem unnatural at first are added in Ezekiel and again in Revelation. The cherubim (“burning ones”) are characterized as having four faces, the first of which is human and the other three animal faces.
This may seem to be a strange – even grotesque – image, one that appears to contradict our expectations of what angels might look like. However, a closer examination of prophetic imagery – and the context behind the faces – reveals much about what is intended to be seen and communicated by these figures.
The lion is a powerful animal that is sometimes referred to as “king of the beasts.” In Genesis 49, Jacob/Israel refers to his fourth son, Judah, as a “lion’s cub,” and the lion is Judah’s tribal emblem. This image is used in Matthew’s Gospel (written to Jews) to represent Jesus as the prophesied Messiah, the King whom God vowed to raise up to rule over Israel.
The ox is a powerful animal that submits humbly to the authority that tames and guides it. Ironically, this is the emblem of Ephraim, Joseph’s son; despite rising to the third most powerful position in the greatest empire of his time, Joseph humbledly submitted to God’s will for his life. This image also represents Jesus as he is mentioned in Mark’s Gospel. Scholars believe Mark based his gospel on Simon Peter’s sermons and addressed it to a Roman audience. Mark’s Gospel emphasizes Jesus’ miracles and influence in his ministry, which spoke to Roman culture (where power was key).
Hungry bunch 2: #13 – the four faces of god – yhvh
Prophetic encounter – 06 the four faces – encountering the
This supporting post contains the exegetical verse-by-verse commentary of (primarily) Ezek 1 & 10, (as well as Spirit of Prophecy statements), that underpins the conclusions and applications presented here.
Most New Testament commentators have made the increasingly self-entrenching conventional argument that “these four creatures are metaphors for the four Gospels” throughout Church History, most likely in a “self-imposed” redemptive effort to make logical sense out of these Four Living Creatures. As a result, it is popular to say that “the Eagle is attributed to John; the Ox is attributed to Luke; the Lion is attributed to Mark; and the Man, or angel in human form, is attributed to Matthew.” (=Adam Clarke Commentary on Rev 4:7 (early 1800s); -the Gospels’ identifications/associations with others can differ). While that is a superficially reasonable interpretation – as shown by its widespread citation among Christians today – it is, exegetically, just that: a surface understanding. As a result, it’s just a guess. A deeper examination of the symbolism involved here, as well as the actual/Biblical context and (application/fulfillment) interpretation, is beneficial.
Activation with mike parsons – 4 faces of god: yod hei vav
The four living creatures that represent God’s four faces show us four areas in which we can develop. These four facets of God’s character are reflected in these regions. He has revealed Himself to us as the Lion, God’s kingly feature in which He takes command, conquers land, brings forth life, and destroys evil. The Lamb of God, who serves and cares for us as a Shepherd, exemplifies the Ox role. Via His various divine appearances and the glimpses we have into the celestial dimensions, the Eagle part of God is reflected in the Bible. And the Incarnation of Christ, entirely God but fully Man, epitomized the Man. He possessed a mind, a will, and feelings.
Some communities are well-versed in living with oxen. They are eager to serve and participate in missions, and they recognize that they must deny themselves in order to obey Christ. These organizations are also the best at supporting the needy, recognizing community needs, and even helping members who have experienced personal losses or challenges. They expect to be treated with deference and rarely see themselves as “conquerors.”
Living the life of a four faced christian
IMAGINE a family of small children learning the Bible at their kitchen table. The father shows the children some basic sketches to help them grasp a Scriptural reality. The smiles and animated comments of the children suggest that the father is succeeding. By illustrating his words with illustrations, he aids his children in grasping Jehovah’s teachings that would otherwise be beyond their comprehension.
2 Similarly, Jehovah has used visual aids to help his human children understand hidden realities that they would otherwise be unable to comprehend. Jehovah, for example, showed Ezekiel a vision filled with striking images to illustrate profound truths about himself. One such picture was discussed in the previous chapter of this book. Let us now concentrate on one particular aspect of that magnificent vision, and see how comprehending its essence will assist us in drawing closer to Jehovah.
3 Ezekiel 1:4–5 is a good place to start. With angelic, human, and animal features, Ezekiel describes “what looked like four living beings.” Take note of how Ezekiel described his vision, saying that he saw “what seemed to be” living beings. When you read through Ezekiel chapter 1, you’ll notice that the prophet often uses phrases like “looked like,” “was like,” and “resembled.” (Ezekiel 1:13, 24, 26, 27) Ezekiel clearly understood that what he was seeing is mere likenesses, or drawings, of unseen realities that reside in heaven.