The South Wall: The Prophets

  • Moses

    “I am the God of your Father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6).

    Moses is symbolically represented by the burning bush, through which God first manifested Himself, and gave us His name, "I AM." The window also features the Tablets of the Law by which God established His covenant with His people, Israel, and which were stored in the Ark of the Covenant in the Temple of Solomon.

    “See, now that this has touch your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin in purged” (Isaiah 6:7).
    The prophet Isaiah is represented by burning coals and tongs, by which the Lord purified his lips, and a saw, indicating his martyrdom in Jerusalem at the hands of King Manasseh in the seventh century BC.

    “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel.  I will be their God and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:1, 33).

    Jeremiah, the prophet is represented by a purple wand which is indicative of divine direction and the message of repentance.  The cistern was used in biblical times to collect water during rainy seasons to be used in the dry summer months; it is used here to symbolize a reservoir of strength, and as a reminder of our prophetic call to have courage and hope in the Lord like Jeremiah, even when we have to say things that people don't want to hear. (Jeremiah 38)  The scroll represents the words from prophecy.  The pile of stones indicates Jeremiah’s martyrdom in Egypt at the hands of his own people in the sixth century BC.


    “Dry bones hear the Word of the Lord…I will put my Spirit in you that you might live” (Ezekiel 37:4, 14).

    The prophet Ezekiel pointed towards the reestablishment of Israel as the people of God and a new covenant between God and His people.  In the window, this is represented by the Temple which will be the New Jerusalem, and which was the subject of Ezekiel's most famous vision.