Today I’ve been poring over, studying, and meditating on Isaiah 6:1-3 in preparation for a sermon I’m preaching this weekend at a youth event. It’s been great to learn about and be reminded of the fact that God is bigger, stronger, greater, holier, better and lovelier than anything else that exists. Here are some thoughts from those verses. I’d encourage you to grab a Bible, read them, and think about these things:
- “In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne”– because He’s the real king. Obviously, when a king dies, there’s some political turmoil, but God’s throne is permanent and surpasses any human government or throne that exists.
- “high and exalted”– above us, beyond us, separate from us, different than us, better than us
- “the train of His robe filled the temple”– often, throne rooms would have many seats, one for the king and/or queen, then other seats for councils, advisers, officials, etc. God doesn’t need help, and He alone is sovereign.
- “Above him were seraphs”– that is, “angels.” This is the only time that this word is used this way. The Hebrew word is translated in a couple of other places as “fiery serpent” or something like that, but this is the only time it is used to describe these creatures. They covered their faces with two wings, because God’s glory was overwhelming (See Exodus 33), they covered their feet with two wings (a sign of reverence in those days) and flew around God’s throne
- “calling to one another, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty'”– said three times for emphasis. God is the holiest thing that exists.
What about you? Have you read anything interesting lately?