ch. 6

 

 

The vision of God seen by Isaiah.

 

vs. 1-4

 

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.

 

 

  • Holy - He who created us bids us worship Him

      in the beauty of holiness – God, the Father

 

  • Holy - He who redeemed us and washed away our

      sins by His blood – Jesus Christ

 

  • Holy - He who day by day sanctifies us – Holy Spirit

 

"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

v. 9-12.

 

Psalm 7:11 - "God is angry with the wicked every

                        day"

 

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

hip-hop today!

 

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.” –

                                                                                    James 3:5-6

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” –

                                                John 6:44

 

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

than what Israel  and Judah did in Isaiah’s day.  Let God’s words

to Israel through Isaiah and Christ’s reiteration of them not go

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

given.

 

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

hear.

 

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

them.”

 

 

Also Paul uses the very same illustration in both Romans 11:8

and Acts 28:24-28

 

vs. 11-12 - the duration