Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
Though memorable, I still find this a difficult scripture to understand even after 40+ years of Bible study.
I remember the word translated as seraphim is the same word translated in Numbers 21 as fiery serpents.
Are they the same?
The same word is used, yet I’ve discovered that in Hebrew some words take on a different meaning when surrounded by different words.
I know during the attack of the fiery serpents in the days of Moses, he made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. Num 21:9
The bronze serpent still existed in the days of Isaiah and was an object of worship to the people.
I’m not saying Isaiah worshipped it, but even ministers of God can get caught up in the history of objects rather than the Creator of all things.
Later a seraphim touches a fiery coal to the lips of Isaiah.
The fact is the people worship the fiery bronze serpent during the prophecy of Isaiah during the reign of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.
Uzziah was a good king whose pride became his downfall.
Jotham was an okay king.
Neither of these kings removed idolatry from their kingdom. In fact, Ahaz promoted and participated in idolatry, including sacrificing his own children.
It is Hezekiah that eventually tears down the high places, the groves, and destroys the bronze serpent. (2 Kings 18:4)
Did Isaiah have something to do with this? I believe he did. It is the duty of God’s ministers to call out sin and call for repentance.
After his encounter with the seraphim, Isaiah is poised to do this.
The cries of the seraphim with holiness to the Lord is a great reminder to not get caught up in worshipping anything that is not God.