A Short Study of Ezekiel 11:23
“And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.” (Ezekiel 11:23)
The glory of Israel was the presence of God in the land; the centre of that glory was Jerusalem. The Sun was there; the rays all radiated from that centre. But for that there was nothing but darkness, as in all the world.
God put his name there, that the whole nation, represented by the men going there to worship three time a year, should know Him, and come to Him. And He had a mercy-seat made according to His directions to Moses: He ordered its erection, where it should be placed, and the approach to it (Ezekiel 25:17-22; Ezekiel 26:33); and then he said, “There will I meet with thee.” And that mercy-seat represents the glory of the bride.
As typical Jerusalem and all Israel, so to speak, shined with His glory, so the gospel church is to shine with His glory. “Darkness,” the prophet Isaiah says, “shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:2).
There is nothing but that to distinguish in a gracious manner the people of God, His dearly beloved one chosen from eternity in Christ, from the world.
Like all others we are by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). If we are the people of God, His glory shines on us whenever we are under the influence of His Spirit; as Peter says, “The spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you” (1st Peter 4:14). My beloved friends, if we be the LORD’s people, and have His presence, manifested presence, that is our glory, our distinction, our distinguishing mark.