“Honestly, if you see an angel that’s all eyes and wings and wheels of fire, you should be worried. Like, not because it’s going to hurt you or anything, but because scripturally, angels invariably appear to ordinary people in human form. In general, they only show their inhuman true forms to prophets – which means if you’re seeing them like that, they come bearing responsibility.”
-David J Prokopetz
I’ve drawn angels here and there but this morning I ventured over to Ezekiel 1 to check out the description of an angel and it is…interesting. Actually it’s terrifying. That’s probably why an angels first words to a human would be something like “be not afraid!” I imagine the human language and the spoken word in general is totally unable to describe what the mind just saw. Like trying to explain the color blue to a person born blind or describing the infinite universe to a dog; the words cannot convey the description of an other-worldly being.
I love this quote from David though – he’s a game-maker and not a biblical scholar but I’ve had it on my “to draw” list for a while because it so accurately describes the purpose of angelic presentation; it comes bearing responsibility.