Is. 6:1-2 ¶ In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
There are some very strange and unusual creatures in heaven. Isaiah described creatures that he saw in heaven as seraphs. They had six wings; two each covering face and feet, two others for flying. They were observed as proclaiming the glory of God to one another. The Fire Bible describes these seraphs as attendants of God. Here is that description.
“Seraphs are angelic beings with the awe-inspiring privilege of directly attending God. Seraphs could possibly be identified with heavenly creatures described elsewhere in Scripture (Rev 4:6–9). Their title (literally, “burning ones”) perhaps suggests their purity, since they are the ones who serve God around his throne and inspire those in God’s presence to worship him (4:10). They so directly reflect God’s glory that they seem to be on fire.”
They are called the burning ones. They live in the atmosphere of the Consuming Fire and reflect His glory. Isaiah was convicted of his apathy in their presence. Like the seraphs, we can be burning for God. Calvin talks about their brightness and how we may learn to adore His brilliance.
“And the seraphim stood upon it. Having declared that God appeared to him full of majesty and of glory, he adds, that God was attended by angels, whom the Prophet calls seraphim on account of their fervor. Though the etymology of this word is well known, yet various reasons are adduced. Some think that they are called seraphim because they burn with the love of God; others, because they are swift like fire; others, because they are bright. However that may be, this description holds out to us, as in sunbeams, the brightness of God’s infinite majesty, that we may learn by it to behold and adore his wonderful and overwhelming glory.”
Like Isaiah, when we find ourselves in the glory of God we see our inadequacy and apathy. As we yield to his visitation, like the seraphs, we begin to be lit up. Maybe your fire has grown dim, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Come to the house of The Lord, maybe just maybe, Isaiah’s God will visit you and you will become one of His burning ones.