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How was the "hand of the Lord" upon Ezekiel? (Ezekiel 1:3)

3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.

Ezekiel 1:3

ESV - 3 The word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the Chebar canal, and the hand of the Lord was upon him there.

Clarify Share Report Asked October 04 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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"The hand of the Lord" is a term representing so many things that our fickle human mind can't understand. It stands for being covered by God's power, encountering a physical, practical occurrence that one cannot believe is possible, divine revelations, divine visions, divine salvation, and unbelievable miracles. Paul said that he knew of a man who went to the "third heaven" fourteen years ago (2 Corinthians 12:2) and this event is not a dream but physical reality; Philip was carried bodily in physical form by God's hand to Azotus to preach without horses or chariots carrying him - quite unbelievable in our minds, isn't it? But it is true (Act 8:39-40); Daniel was in a lion's den and never consumed by them (Daniel 6:19-23); Shedrach/Meshach/Abdnego were saved from being burnt by fire by the Lord - the hand of God - (Daniel 3: 19 - 25) who is a consuming fire Himself; John was alive in a boiling cauldron of oil; Peter was saved from prison, and Saul or Paul was made blind and saved (Acts 9:3-11). These and many more are the hands of God, for God's hands are too numerous to mention and may not be what our human minds can grasp.

December 29 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that the hand of the LORD being on Ezekiel would mean that he was given knowledge, powers, or a message to proclaim that he did not acquire or possess (and perhaps could not acquire or possess) through his own effort or by any natural means; or that he had an experience or vision that could only have been brought about by God's direct action, involvement, or revelation, rather than through any human actions (either Ezekiel's own or those of others).

October 08 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Shirley H Wife, mother, veteran in the spiritual war we all face!
In Ezekiel 1, we are told that he (Ezekiel) saw the visions of God in the heavens. As with all true prophets ancient Israel, the visitation of God was at His initiative. He called people for certain jobs. 

Jeremiah 1:1-9. Jeremiah was known before he was born. He was sanctified, and ordained. He was told what to do and say. He was assured that God would be with Him and help him. Vs.9, "Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: 'Behold I have put my words in your mouth.'" NKJV

The name Ezekiel comes from the verb meaning, to seize, to hold fast. In other words, Ezekiel was a man held, chosen by God.

Ezekiel 3:8,9 we are told Ezekiel had a strong face and forehead created by God Himself. God told him that he was not to be afraid. 

Many times biblical names have double meanings. So God had seized Ezekiel and made him strong. God had equipped him for his work.

I would say that God's Hand was upon Ezekiel, since God had formed his forehead and face in a certain fashion before his birth. 

I would also speculate that before each birth, God has a plan, it is our choice to accept or deny Him.

October 17 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
"The hand of the Lord" here in Ezekiel 1:3 is a phrase of frequent occurrence, used of Elijah (1 Kings 18:46), of Elisha (2 Kings 3:15), of Daniel (Daniel 10:10), of Isaiah (Isaiah 8:11), of John (Revelation 1:17). The "hand" of the Lord is the natural symbol of his power, and the phrase seems to be used to add to the consciousness of inspiration, that of a constraining, irresistible power. Ezekiel continually uses it (Ezekiel 3:14, 22; 8:1; 33:22; 37:1; 40:1).

Thank You, God, for Your Word, for the prophets included in Your holy Scriptures, especially for Ezekiel. Thank You, that You have included this revelation about him: “The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.” (Eze. 1:3).

Thank You that You deemed Your expression, "the hand of the Lord," in Your Word so important that You put it in Your book of Ezekiel fifty times in his prophecy, meaning that his message was authoritative (as You are). Thank You that the word of the Lord brings enlightenment and that the hand of the Lord brings enablement (Ephesians 1:15-23).

October 18 2019 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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