Holy God: Seraphs’ Everlasting Adoration


A Meditation of Isaiah 6:1-4

In the year which the kingdom of Judah lost her great king Uzziah, whose fifty-two years reignship brought stability, peace, prosperity and tranquility, one of Judah’s prophet eyes, inside Jerusalem’s temple, were opened.  Isaiah was the name of the prophet who was  lifted up  to see a vision of the true and reigning King of Judah (Isa. 6:1).

Isaiah saw, in his vocational defining vision, the immortal, true and sovereign King seated upon a throne. This immortal, true and sovereign King’s majesty filled the whole temple.

Above the Sovereign King flew the burning sentient creatures called seraphs. These pure, living and blazing creatures had three pairs of wings. With the first pair they covered their faces, with the second they covered their feet and with the third they flew, exaltation the King seated upon the throne (6:2).

The dwelling place of God was filled with their joyous chant as they called to one another saying, “qadosh, qadosh, qadosh Yahweh tsaba”, meaning holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts.  They added, “the earth will be filled with His glory” (6:3).

Seraphs’ repetition of God’s holiness emphasized God’s absolute otherness. The One seated of the throne is infinitely holy. None is like Him. The gulf between Him and His purest of all sentient creatures is infinitely great.  The holy burning creatures cover their eyes at the purest and brightest blazing fire of the King seated on the throne’s glory.

The foundation of the dwelling place of God began shaking and the smoke, as cloud concealing the bright sun, filled the whole place (6:4). The prophet found himself standing in a beautiful yet terrifying presence of the glory of His true King and Maker.

Isaiah saw Christ Jesus’ glory and spoke about Him (John 12:41). In the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus Christians have seen His glory, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Christ is the king of Kings, the Lord of Lords. He is the immortal, invisible and God only wise everlasting King. Through His finished atoning work Christians join the seraphs’ joyful and everlasting chanter: Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb that was slain / Holy is the Lion of Judah seated upon His heavenly mercy throne.

4 thoughts on “Holy God: Seraphs’ Everlasting Adoration

    • It is a beautiful image. Your words paint a heart-felt image Prayson.

      But understanding the whole of Chapter 6 is liken to a priceless frame on our million dollar painting.

      Isaiah 6:9-13
      God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God’s word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors of belief or visible churches will be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

  1. “Christ is the king of Kings, the Lord of Lords”…. who no one along the entire eastern Mediterranean seaboard seemed inspired enough by to draw a single picture of, or jot down a single word until some 2 or 3 generations after he supposedly died. Just saying….

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