Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:2-4ESV)
This is an amazing picture. Burning, six-winged angels surrounded God’s throne in worship of glory so great that the Temple shook and filled with smoke when God even spoke. What’s happening here is the Eternal King is ruling and reigning in absolute power, yet still taking an interest in his people, still revealing himself to Isaiah.
This is so important because we are often stuck on the picture of Jesus’ incarnation and forget about his exultation. King Herod built amazing palaces and temples to show his fame and power. Jesus came in humility, born in a stable and yet, even then He was the King of all glory!
Philippians 2:7 – “but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”
Isaiah tells us of, blazing angels were calling out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD”! This repetition of “Holy” in Hebrew conveys that he is thrice holy, or beyond anything we can compare him to. Think of it like this, “You are holy, you are most holy, you are holier than anything we could ever conceive! You are God!” Holiness is defined by God alone. There is no power higher and nothing beyond him. This is Jesus, our Jesus! Though he came to earth in humility, he reigns forever on the throne of power, and “the whole earth is full of his glory!”