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Home > Dictionaries > Holman Bible Dictionary > LIVING BEINGS, LIVING CREATURES

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Characters in Ezekiel's first vision (Ezekiel 1:5,Ezekiel 1:13-15,Ezekiel 1:19-20,Ezekiel 1:22; also Ezekiel 3:13; Ezekiel 10:1). The creatures are later identified as cherubim (Ezekiel 10:20). The creatures numbered four. Each had a human form but with four faces. Perhaps the best interpretation views the creatures as a pictorial representation of the total sovereignty of God. Four creatures represent the four corners of the earth. The four faces represent four classes of creation: man humanity; lion king of wild beasts; ox king of domestic beasts; eagle king of the birds. Central to this interpretation is the One seated on the throne above all the creatures (Ezekiel 1:26-28). The Book of Revelation develops a similar image to portray God's total sovereignty (Revelation 4:7-8).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'LIVING BEINGS, LIVING CREATURES'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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