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We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Isaiah 6:2 – Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

In our previous lesson we began looking at the seraphims, recognizing that, in this vision, they are a symbol of those who have been saved by God’s grace and actively serving Him. Previously we looked at the fiery brassy color of the seraphims and we saw that this color helped us to see that they had escaped the fire of God’s judgment, while experiencing the God’s purifying fire of salvation.

In our text his morning we find that the Seraphim have six wings.  It is important note how they use those wings:

  1. “With twain he covered his face” – Here we can see the saved person’s shame as they stand before their Lord remembering all the ways that he had failed his Savior. (Psa 51:1-5)
  2. “With twain he covered his feet” – Here we can see the saved person’s recognition that His walk continues to be sinful.  Even following salvation we all continue to commit sin and fail the Lord by giving to Him service that is less than perfect. (1 John 1:8-10)
  3. “With twain he did fly” – In spite him recognizing his sin and imperfections, a true saint will continue to strive to serve the Lord and minister for His glory.

What a wonderful, symbolic, representation of what each one of us should be. Those who are saved by His grace should:

  1. recognize our failures and imperfections, always striving to more perfectly serve Him.
  2. remember His work on our behalf.  We are to remember His work  which includes taking our punishment upon Himself and granting us forgiveness and righteousness.
  3. Then using this knowledge to motivate and encourage us, we are to continue to be faithful in our service to Him.

This is the exact set of principles brought out to us in Hebrews 12:1-3…. 

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

May we all apply the symbolism of the seraphims as we seek to tell others about our Lord!

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.


5 Comments

  1. Susan Michaels says:

    This is an interesting view you share on the seraphims. And no question, these are also the same amazing creatures that we read of in Revelation 4, who stand before God’s throne worshipping Him continually. God’s whole creation is truly amazing and beyond our understanding!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Susan,

      Another interesting topic is the differences between Cherubim and Seraphim. There’s a whole lot of truth buried in all these subjects that we have a difficult time understanding. For myself, the most important point is that we understand that throughout the Scriptures the visions the Lord gives these men of God are not simply “visions into heaven” but they hold ALOT of spiritual truth in them as well. In this case, when taken in the context, we can learn much about how the Lord calls us to salvation and service and how we should respond to both calls. Lord bless you friend. Thank you for your comment. It certainly adds to the posting.

  2. I love your two 3 points on the wings, as related to our walk. May we use those ‘two to fly’ to be faithful in ministry and see God at work in the lives of those around us.

    We serve an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Hello Angela,

      AMEN! Speaking for myself, I struggle daily with sin in my life…. It was such a blessing for me to see that in one of the symbolic representations of His faithful servants deal directly with the issue of sin in EVERY servants life. It is an encouragement to know that I’m not the only one that struggles with sin in the midst of service. It is the norm, as is clearly shown in this vision. Lord bless you Angela. Thank you for your faithfulness.

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