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.