This week we are going to be hanging out with the Old Testament prophet Isaiah as he does his best to describe an absolutely indescribable scene!
When you’re reading the Bible one of the first principles is: Read for the author’s meaning, not your own. When we read, we want to know what the biblical author intended for us to see and experience.
We are not reading simply for subjective experiences. We are reading to discover more about objective reality. So in today’s text I don’t want us to get distracted by what the seraphim looked like, or how many wings they had, or the smoke filling the room, that’s not the ultimate point. The point is the supreme, matchless, incalculable holiness of God.
That’s why literally all of Heaven constantly sings, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty!” Even perfect, superhuman creatures like seraphim are humbled before the all-holy God.
He’s inexhaustible. He’s way too great; our minds can’t fathom. We can’t grasp Him. Thinking about Him should blow our minds. But often, because we can’t fully comprehend all that He is, we try to fit Him in a box. Have you ever realized that your picture of God is too weak? We could study forever and read all day, but we still wouldn’t understand Him fully. There’s not enough words in the whole English language to proclaim His greatness.
But here’s the best part: He makes Himself known to us! (See John 1:14–18, Romans 1:20, Hebrews 1:3) He makes the first move, He comes to us, He goes public. Praise the Lord that He chose to reveal Himself when He could have just concealed Himself. My prayer is that our picture of the King will expand. I have a long way to go, but I’m so glad I get to live my whole life to seek His face. I’m amazed just to know Him!
What can you do daily, weekly, or regularly to help your picture of God grow? Are there ways you have tried to reduce God to fit in a box?