Ezekiel 1-6 (The Daily Walk Bible).
“Cherubim guarded the entrance to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24). Likenesses of cherubim were placed on the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25:18–20) and embroidered on the curtain of the tabernacle (Exodus 26:31). They were reproduced in olive wood in the temple (1 Kings 6:23, 29; 2 Chronicles 3:14). They are interwoven in biblical thought from the beginning as angelic attendants of God. In Revelation (Revelation 4:6–7; 5:6; 6:1, 6; 7:11; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4), they are intimately connected with the unfolding of the last things.”
Once again we see the prophet himself become an object lesson, and what he experiences is difficult. He pleads with God for some mercy (regarding defilement), and God gives it. This should remind us that we can always ask God for additional mercy and grace. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Notice that even though the scroll was filled with lamentations, heartache, and woe, it was sweet in Ezekiel’s mouth. That’s because even though the message is hard, Ezekiel is pleasing God by being willing to do it. May we have that same spirit of obedience when God asks us to do hard things!