The Hand of the Lord Came Upon

Psalm 139:5 NIV … You hem me in—behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

I was thinking about the Lord “hemming me in” and looking at the above image. The image looks like the secret place of Psalm 91 beneath the wings of the Lord. The secret place on high before the Lord’s throne from my previous post (Flying Soaring Wings)

Then I remembered Ezekiel 40:1-2, where the Lord brought Ezekiel to a “very high mountain”! Again this made me think of the secret place on high before the Lord’s throne. Notice below, before the Lord brought Ezekiel to this high mountain – the hand of the Lord was upon him. It’s from this high mountain that Ezekiel receives a vision from the Lord. In Ezekiel God’s hand being on the prophet Ezekiel is regularly associated with communication or a vision from God. Ezekiel 40:1-2 is especially interesting because it shows that this communication from God takes place on Mt Zion, the place where the Most High dwells, the secret place in the shadow of His wings. A place that you can only go to if God’s hand lifts you up and places you there(Ps 40:1-3)!

Ezekiel 40:1-2 NASB … In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was taken, on that same day the hand of the LORD was upon me and He brought me there. 2 In the visions of God He brought me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, and on it to the south there was a structure like a city.

From NetBible Ezek 40:1

  • *Hand upon in the OT can refer metaphorically to power, authority, or influence. In Ezekiel God’s hand being on the prophet is regularly associated with communication or a vision from God
    =>Ezekiel 1:1-3; 3:12-14, 22; 8:1; 37:1; 40:1

From NetBible Ezek 40:2

  • In the visions of God = By means of divine visions => The expression introduces the three major visions of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:1; 8:1,3; 40:1,2)
  • a very high mountain = harmonious with Isa 2:2
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    Isaiah 2:2 NASB … Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.

    • * The image of Mount Zion being elevated above other mountains and hills pictures the prominence it will attain in the future.
    • * Mt Zion = the place where the Lord dwells = the secret place (Ps 132:13-14; Ps 91:1)

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