The book of Ezekiel is organized around three major visions. This prophetic book describes God’s action as king of wayward Israel. Through symbolic acts, the prophet Ezekiel is so closely identified with divine judgment that his life becomes a mirror of the judgment itself. His first vision gives him a glimpse of the cosmos under the rule of God and inaugurates him into his role as a prophet. This commentary presents clear descriptions of historical events for modern readers and relates ancient prophecy for contemporary ministry settings.