The Bible serves us a very different picture of angels that the winged super models of this commercial for men’s deodorant:
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 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. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
(Isaiah 6:1-7 ESV)
- Seraphim can be translated as “flaming ones,” but not “hot models.”
- Angels cover themselves with their wings, not hand-me-downs from Kim Kardashian.
- Angels are too obsessed with the glory of God to abandon their heavenly station to grab a whiff of a dude’s armpit.
- Angelic “lip action” involves burning coals and atonement
There are loads of screwy ideas about angels. What are some non-biblical seraphim that you’ve seen flying around in popular culture?