No SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) today because I don't have an application for these passages, but I noticed that today's reading of Ezekiel and the reading of Revelation has similar weird angelic beings:
Ezekiel 10:9-14 looked, and each of the four cherubim had a wheel beside him, and the wheels sparkled like beryl. All four wheels looked alike and were made the same; each wheel had a second wheel turning crosswise within it. The cherubim could move in any of the four directions they faced, without turning as they moved. They went straight in the direction they faced, never turning aside. Both the cherubim and the wheels were covered with eyes. The cherubim had eyes all over their bodies, including their hands, their backs, and their wings. I heard someone refer to the wheels as “the whirling wheels.” Each of the four cherubim had four faces: the first was the face of an ox, the second was a human face, the third was the face of a lion, and the fourth was the face of an eagle.
Revelation 4:6-8 In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the centre and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
I'm not sure what the significance of these faces are. Various people have various theories, e.g.
- Judah - Lion
- Reuben - man
- Ephraim - ox
- Dan - eagle
- Matthew is the Man. The Man is Humane.
- Mark is the Lion. The Lion is Bold.
- Luke is the Ox. The Ox is Sturdy.
- John is the Eagle. The Eagle is far-seeing.
Anyway, do feel free to comment if you have insight into this.