Ezekiel 10:9-14 (JDV)
Ezekiel 10:9 I looked, and noticed four wheels beside the cherubs, one wheel beside each cherub. The appearance of the wheels was like the gleam of beryl.
Ezekiel 10:10 In appearance, all four looked alike, like a wheel within a wheel.
Ezekiel 10:11 When they moved, they would go in any of the four directions, without pivoting as they moved. But wherever the head faced, they would go in that direction, without pivoting as they went.
Ezekiel 10:12 Their entire bodies, including their backs, hands, wings, and the wheels that the four of them had, were full of eyes all around.
Ezekiel 10:13 As I listened the wheels were called “the wheelwork.”
Ezekiel 10:14 Each one had four faces: one was the face of a cherub, the second the face of a human, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
The wheels in the wheelwork are a symbol of the ability to go where one wants — as is clear from the phrase “they would go in any of the four directions” in verse 11. The eyes symbolize knowledge and insight. The beryl like gleam symbolizes beauty and glory. The different faces represent the most capable of each order of being: angelic, human, mammal, and bird. Together, the wheelwork showed that all creation depends on a higher power, and is answerable to God.
LORD, help us to live every moment with an awareness of our ultimate dependance on you.