The vision of the prophet Isaiah with a seraph gives us a unique picture of what angels look like. But, do you know that there is a connection between Isaiah’s angelic encounter with Moses’ experience of the burning bush?
Unity of the Bible
The Holy Bible comprises 66 chapters with unique stories and historical narratives. Despite having different authors, all chapters are united with One Divine Author. That is why, when we read the Bible’s big picture, there is one underlying theme that is evident in each book. And it is God’s desire to be with His people and His redemptive purposes to achieve His plan.
With that said, it is no wonder how the remarkable episode of Moses’ life can connect to Isaiah’s experience.
In Isaiah 6:1-2, it says, “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 were standing above Him, each having six wings: with two each covered his face, and with two each covered his feet, and with two each flew.”
Seraph comes from the Hebrew word, saraph, which literally means “burn.” So, the seraphim are “burning ones” or “burners.” They are not just terrifying celestial beings but flaming angels who defend God’s throne using fire.
Isaiah’s fiery experience leads us back to Exodus 3. It says in verse 2, “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up.”
We understand that during this life-changing moment of Moses, he is indeed before the throne of God. The fire signifies the seraph’s presence, joining with the Presence of God. They are always guarding God’s throne, divinely burning whatever comes their way.
Reference: Youtube | Israel Institute of Biblical Studies