The vision of God seen by Isaiah.
v. 1 – “In the year king Uzziah died” - 759 B.C.
“I saw …the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up and
His train filled the temple”
v. 2 – “seraphims: each one had six wings” -
“With twain he covered his face”. The general idea of the six
wings was probably rapid flight, the carrying out of God’s behests “with
speed swiftly.” But, in the Divine Presence, the wings were applied to a
different use. One pair veiled the seraph’s head from the intolerable
effulgence of the Divine glory; another concealed the feet, soiled in their
various ministrations, and unmeet for the All-Pure Presence; the third pair
alone sustained the seraph in mid-air, as he hovered in readiness to depart
on any errand on which Jehovah aright send him.
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v. 3 - "one cried" - kept crying - Rev. 4:8 - "they rest not
day and night, saying Holy, Holy, Holy"
The Church on earth has taken pattern by the Church above; and the “Trisagion”
is ever being repeated in one part of the earth or another without ceasing: “Thou
continuest holy, O thou Worship of Israel.” There is no attribute so
essential to God as this. It is for His holiness, more than for anything else,
that His creatures worship Him. The triple repetition has been understood in
all ages of the Church as connected with the doctrine of the Trinity.
in the beauty of holiness – God, the Father
sins by His blood – Jesus Christ
"the whole earth is full of His glory"
See Revelation 4:8-11 and 5:11-14
v. 4 - "the house was filled with smoke"
“The house was filled with smoke” - “Smoke” is sometimes the mere sign of the presence of God, as in Isaiah 4:5; but more often it indicates His presence in anger or
judgment (see Exodus 19:18; 20:18; Revelation 15:8). Here there had been no smoke
at first, and we must suppose it, therefore, a sign of the anger which finds vent in
Psalm 7:11 - "God is angry with the wicked every
vs. 5-7 – The Prophet’s Sense of Unworthiness
The vision of God in this life, whether natural or ecstatic, cannot but
produce in the beholder a deep feeling of his unworthiness. God “is of
purer eyes than to behold iniquity;” – (Habakkuk 1:13) even “the heavens
are not clean in His sight” (Job 15:15). Man, being never wholly purged from
sin while on earth, cannot but shrink from contact with the absolutely Holy.
Hence Isaiah’s cry (v. 5); and hence, to comfort him, the symbolic action of the
seraph (v. 6) and his encouraging words (v. 7).
v. 5 - Isaiah felt he had often so offended and his lips were not clean in
God's sight, and if not his lips, then not his heart; for “out of the
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).
“I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” - Men catch up the
phraseology of their time, and use wrong forms of speech, because
they hear them daily. “Evil communications corrupt good
manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Much more the profanity of
vs. 6-7 - Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his
hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy
lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
The prophet understood that his mouth (tongue) was the seat of impurity!
“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold,
how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body,
and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” –
Man's unworthiness is brought home to him by
nothing so much as a vision of God - the natural
man, for the most part, is very well contented with
himself and doesn't deal much in self-scrutiny, is
not often troubled by twinges of conscience - if he
ever does have any misgivings, he, like Cain, compares
himself with others and persuades himself that he is
just as good as they are (misery loves company).
Seldom do they ever snap out of that trance without
some "vision of God" – “no man can come to me,
except the Father which hath sent me draw him” –
Once let him open the eye of his soul and see God as He
is - perfectly Pure, Holy, Just - Immaculate - then only
is man driven to recognize his own weakness, wickedness,
impurity, deeply ingrained sinfulness and unrighteousness.
Without the Holy Spirit, man will never know “how frail” he is
- Read Psalm 39:4-5
v. 8 – Isaiah had a distinct vision, now a clear call and
a distinct mission.
God asks “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Isaiah says, “Here am I; send me”
vs. 9-10 - a sad situation - “And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear
ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and
shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”
We have just recently completed I and II Thessalonians – in ch. 2 of
II Thessalonians we were warned of an apostasy or falling away
from the Lord and that an “anti-christ” – “a man of sin and perdition”
will come on the scene.
II Thessalonians 2:7-12 explains on a much larger scale in the world
unheeded by you and me or the world today!
The words of Jesus in reference to the Parable of the Sower in
Matthew 13:10-17 are as follows:
“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto
them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to
know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more
abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away
even that he hath.
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not;
and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By
hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall
see, and shall not perceive:
For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of
hearing, and their eyes they have closed; (wilfull ignorance – see
II Peter 3:4-5a) lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear
with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them.
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they
For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men
have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen
them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard
Also Paul uses the very same illustration in both Romans 11:8
and Acts 28:24-28
vs. 11-12 - the duration