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Saturday, September 15, 2012

How Can You Describe Him?

When men in Scripture saw and heard God, I think they had a hard time putting into words exactly what they experienced. With many, their first reaction was to fall to the ground in humility and worship. Surely, any of us would react the same way!

I recently read Isaiah’s account of the Lord seated on the throne, high and lifted up, with his train filling the Temple. He’s surrounded by seraphim who say, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory”(Isaiah 6:3). 

Ezekiel, likewise, saw a vision of the Lord. He tried to put into words the brightness, shine, colors, and light. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake (Ezekiel 1:26-28).

Daniel was given visions so that he could prophesy about things to come. In Daniel 7:9b-10, we read, the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. What a scene! White and fire and thousands of people!

When the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, he also saw God: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:2-11). Again, there are rainbow colors, light, lightning (a celestial pyrotechnic show), white clothing, fire, precious stones . . . . This is amazing!

How awesome is our God! He alone is worthy of our praise. He’s the One Who will receive praise for all eternity. What a blessing to get a glimpse of Him!

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