Transition – Part 2

Sunday, March 10, 2019

“Above [the Lord] were seraphim, each with six wings:  With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.” (Isaiah 6:2 NIV)

In the year that King Uzziah died, the prophet Isaiah had a vision of the Lord seated on his throne in heaven, which was an assurance for the prophet that in this time of transition for him and for his people, God was still in control.  One interesting note about the angelic beings in the vision—the seraphim who hovered around the throne of God—is that they had six wings, but were using only two for flying.  So awesome was the presence and experience of God, so great the splendor of his holiness, that the seraphim used the other four wings to cover themselves—two wings to cover their faces, and the other two, to cover their feet—as if they could not take the resplendent magnificence of God’s glory.  And they were calling out:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty:  the whole earth is filled with his glory.”

Moses, though only a man, had also had an experience with God, and he asked God to let him see his glory.  The Lord put him in the cleft of a rock and covered him until he passed by, so Moses could see his back.  “But,” the Lord said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:20).  Such is the glory of God!

More amazing than all of this is the fact that when Jesus came to this earth, he actually came to reveal who God is!  Jesus told his disciples, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father” – the very God whom neither the seraphim nor Moses here on earth were able to behold because of his glory!  The apostle Paul later wrote to the Colossians, saying that “in Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.”  The writer to the Hebrews put it this way:  “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being…” (Hebrews 1:3).  And, speaking of the greater glory of the New Covenant of God with his people, the Apostle Paul tells us that “we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

By his Holy Spirit, not only are we able to contemplate the Lord’s glory, but we ourselves are being transformed into his image, with ever-increasing glory!  With that confidence, we can come into his presence today and every single day of our lives.

Read Isaiah 6:2-4; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18.

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