Call to WorshipPraise the Lord.Let all who draw breath praise the Lord.Happy are those whose help is from God—the One who made heaven and earth,the One who created the seas and all that is in them.Happy are those whose hope is in God—the One who keeps faith forever,the One who feeds the hungryand defends the oppressed.God will reign forever, for all generations.Praise the Lord!Let all who draw breath praise the Lord.
Isaiah 6:1-8The book of Isaiah is generally acknowledged to bethe greatest of the prophetic books of the OldTestament. The prophecy of Isaiah is quoted directlyor indirectly more times in New Testament than anyother Old Testament book.
Isaiah 6:1-8It is viewed by many to be a “miniature Bible” with itssixty-six chapters which contain a view of God and thecoming Messiah that is unmatched anywhere else inScripture.
Isaiah 6:1-8The author of the book of Isaiah is “…Isaiah the son ofAmoz” (Isaiah 1:1). Isaiah is thought to have beenborn around 762-760 B.C. and to have started hisministry around 742-740 B.C., the final year of KingUzziah’s reign.
Isaiah 6:1-8The opening verses of Isaiah tells of the long durationof Isaiah’s ministry through the reigns of Jotham,Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah.
Isaiah 6:1-8Surprisingly few details are recorded about thepersonal life of the prophet Isaiah. His father’s namewas “Amoz” (Isaiah 1:1).
Isaiah 6:1-8Tradition suggests that Isaiah’s father was a brother ofKing Amaziah of Judah. If true, this would have madeIsaiah a cousin of King Uzziah and would have madehim a relative of King Uzziah’s successors, Jotham,Ahaz, and Hezekiah.
Isaiah 6:1-8One of the most memorable facts about Isaiah wasthat Almighty God laid His hand upon him and Isaiahwas humbled by the majesty and holiness of God.Isaiah knew God for who He is!
Isaiah 6:1-8One cannot read the book of Isaiah without realizingthe importance of the concept of holiness.
Isaiah 6:1-8There are several Hebrew words in the “holy” wordfamily, all of them taken from the basic Hebrew rootword qdsh. The basic meaning of the Hebrew wordcontains the idea of “being set apart,” not in just anysense but in relation to Jehovah God.
Isaiah 6:1-8Holiness is the very essence of the Divine nature; thegreat God is glorious in holiness. As God’s power isthe opposite of human weakness, so His holiness isthe opposite of man’s sinfulness.
Isaiah 6:1-8Exodus 15:11 (HCSB)Lord, who is like You among the gods? Who is like You,glorious in holiness, revered with praises, performingwonders?
Isaiah 6:1-8“Holiness is the sum total of God’s character orattributes. It is not an attribute, or even the chiefattribute; but it is the attributes. All of thecharacteristics or descriptions of God are aspects ofHis holiness” (Stephen W. Carlson).
Isaiah 6:1-8Isaiah emphasizes that Jehovah God is holy; and Hisholiness places demands of trust and obedience uponHis people, who must be holy also (Leviticus 20:7).
Isaiah 6:1-81 Peter 1:15-16 (HCSB)…but, as the One who called you is holy, you also areto be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy,because I am holy.
Isaiah 6:1-8The only reason Christians live holy is because of ourrelationship to Holy God. While believers understandthat in this life we can never be sinless (Romans 7:14-25; 1 John 1:8) as God is, His holiness is still our goal.
Isaiah 6:1-8Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB)For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus forgood works, which God prepared ahead of time sothat we should walk in them.
Isaiah 6:1Some scholars believe that Isaiah was a member ofthe royal family; therefore, he had access to the royalfamily that recognized he was a true prophet of Godand some of the kings called upon him in time oftrouble.
Isaiah 6:1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lordsitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of hisrobe filled the temple.
Isaiah 6:1The occasion of Isaiah’s vision was when “king Uzziahdied.” King Uzziah reigned from about 792 to 740 B.C.His 52 year reign is one of the longest recorded in theBible (2 Chronicles 26:3).
Isaiah 6:1Isaiah met God while worshiping in the temple. Hesaw that God is so majestic that the hem of His robe(or “train”) filled the temple.
Isaiah 6:1The Bible tells us in several passages that no man hasseen God and lived (Exodus 33:20; 1 Timothy 6:16;John 1:18).How did Isaiah survive?
Isaiah 6:1Man cannot see God as He truly is, but God did revealHimself to His chosen servants, in such a way thatthey knew that God did appear to them. Such was thecase with Abraham (Genesis 18:3), Jacob (Genesis32:24-30), and Moses (Exodus 3:4). In Isaiah’s case,God adapted Himself to a form that Isaiah was able tosee and live.
Isaiah 6:1Isaiah saw the Lord Jesus.John 12:39-41 (HCSB)This is why they were unable to believe, becauseIsaiah also said: He has blinded their eyes andhardened their hearts, so that they would not see withtheir eyes or understand with their hearts, and beconverted, and I would heal them. Isaiah said thesethings because he saw His glory and spoke about Him.
Isaiah 6:1For Isaiah this was a time of national crisis. With kingUzziah’s death the nation of Judah was in trouble.King Uzziah’s 52 year reign had been a good reign forthe most part but at the close of his rein King.
Isaiah 6:1Uzziah had allowed his heart to be lifted up and heentered into some sacred areas reserved only forGod’s priest (2 Chronicles 26:16-21). As a result of hissin King Uzziah was stricken with leprosy and died.
Isaiah 6:1This was also a time of personal crisis for Isaiah. Isaiahwas burdened and overwhelmed with the pressuresof the day (Isaiah 1:5-7).
Isaiah 6:1Isaiah 1:5-7 (HCSB)Why do you want more beatings? Why do you keep onrebelling? The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart issick. From the sole of the foot even to the head, no spot isuninjured— wounds, welts, and festering sores notcleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil.Your land is desolate, your cities burned with fire; beforeyour very eyes foreigners devour your fields— adesolation overthrown by foreigners.
Isaiah 6:2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had sixwings: with two they covered their faces, and withtwo they covered their feet, and with two they flew.
Isaiah 6:2He had no doubt come to Solomon’s “temple” to praywhen God gave him this life changing vision.God in His sovereignty and wisdom emptied anearthly throne so Isaiah could see His eternal throne.He still does that today!
Isaiah 6:2In his vision of the throne room of God, which farexceeded the dimensions of the temple (which thehem of His robe filled), Isaiah saw angelic beings whocontinuously served God.
Isaiah 6:2God’s praise comes from these “seraphims.” Isaiah 6is the only place seraphims” are mentioned in theBible. A “seraphim” is a “fiery angel.” Each “seraphim”had “six wings,” a “face” and “feet” and was able to“fly.”
Isaiah 6:2Two of their wings covered their faces, because eventhough they were holy angels they were unworthy tolook upon God face to face.
Isaiah 6:2Perhaps they covered their feet because they knewthey were unworthy to serve God. Yet they flewalways to signify that they were always andimmediately obey and serve God.
Isaiah 6:3And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy isthe LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah 6:3These holy angels called out to one another in thehearing of Isaiah the ultimate moral and spiritual factabout God: God is holy.
Isaiah 6:3They also declared the ultimate authority of God: Godis the LORD of hosts (a number of beings too large forus to count or understand).
Isaiah 6:3The whole earth reveals the glory of God, becauseGod created the whole earth. As we have studied,those with spiritual discernment see the work of ourCreator and learn some truths about God when theylook at His creation.
Isaiah 6:3The manifestation of Isaiah’s vision defies any humandescription. Isaiah “saw also the Lord sitting upon athrone, high and lifted up.” “High and lifted up”speaks of God’s power and position elevated abovethat of earthly power and position.
Isaiah 6:3He is above all that is earthly, human, and creaturely(Colossians 1:16-18).
Isaiah 6:3Colossians 1:16-18 (HCSB)…because by Him everything was created, in heaven andon earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones ordominions or rulers or authorities— all things have beencreated through Him and for Him.He is before all things, and by Him all things holdtogether. He is also the head of the body, the church; He isthe beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that Hemight come to have first place in everything.
Isaiah 6:3The confession of the “seraphim” came as they “criedone unto another.” “Cried” means “called out, recited,utter with a loud sound.” Their thrice repeated “Holy,holy, holy” suggests the divine perfection whichseparated God from creation. It also expresses thetriune nature of God.
Isaiah 6:3This particular part of Isaiah’s vision so touched theprophet that it became the main expression Isaiahused when referencing God. Isaiah used theexpression “the Holy One of Israel” 27 times in hisprophecy.
Isaiah 6:3The closest believers can come to this type ofconfession here on earth is to meditate on God’s self-existence, self-sufficiency, eternality, omnipresence,omnipotence, omniscience, immutability, sovereignty,incomprehensibility, righteousness, justice,faithfulness, truth, love, mercy, graciousness,longsuffering and patience.
Isaiah 6:3The prophet Malachi wrote, “Then they that fearedthe LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORDhearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrancewas written before him for them that feared theLORD, and that thought upon his name” (Malachi3:16).
Isaiah 6:4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices ofthose who called, and the house filled with smoke.
Isaiah 6:4Perhaps no other building in Jerusalem rivaled thesize, construction, and importance of the temple(though King Solomon’s palace may have come close).Still, when the angels declared the holy character andmajesty of God, their powerful voices shook the verytemple in which Isaiah worshiped.
Isaiah 6:4In his vision, smoke filled the temple. “Smoke” issometimes associated with the presence of God
Isaiah 6:4Exodus 19:18 (HCSB)Mount Sinai was completely enveloped in smokebecause the Lord came down on it in fire. Its smokewent up like the smoke of a furnace, and the wholemountain shook violently.
Isaiah 6:4The rising “smoke” may represent that sacred silencein which our worship should begin and end. Isaiah isdescribing the presence of God covering every cornerof the temple.
Isaiah 6:5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man ofunclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips;yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Isaiah 6:5Isaiah realized how horrible his sins were and the sinsof God’s people in this context of God’s holiness,power, and absolute authority as King of kings.
Isaiah 6:5Remember that even God’s highest and holiest angelsknow they are not worthy enough to serve God apartfrom God’s love and grace.
Isaiah 6:5When man comes face to face with God throughGod’s revelation of Himself he must respond in somemanner. Some men respond in fear. Others submit.Some run away never to be in God’s presence again.
Isaiah 6:5Isaiah shows the proper response to God’s presence.“Woe is me” means Isaiah acknowledges that he hasno right to be in God’s holy presence and live.“Undone” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “tobe lost, to perish, or to be annihilated.” It also carriesthe meaning of “speechless or silent.”
Isaiah 6:5Isaiah senses himself to be “incomplete.” It is thesame with all men who are without Christ. No mancan stand in the presence of a holy God withoutbecoming profoundly aware of his sinful condition.
Isaiah 6:5His speech and that of the “people” among whomIsaiah dwells is “unclean.” “Unclean” is just that,“unclean.” Confession of sin is not easy; it involves atremendous sense of God’s holiness and purity andour unworthiness.
Isaiah 6:5“For mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD ofhosts” are humbling words coming from a humbledprophet. It is only when man sees God that he reallysees himself.
Isaiah 6:6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coalthat had been taken from the altar with a pair oftongs
Isaiah 6:6God sent an angel to cleanse the lips of Isaiah, using acoal from God’s holy altar. The “coal” that was used inIsaiah’s cleansing was “live.”
Isaiah 6:6Isaiah speaks of no physical pain but did experience amoral and spiritual cleansing and renewal. Godcleansed Isaiah’s lips, and Isaiah would use his lips inthe service of God.
Isaiah 6:6We want a relationship with God today that requiresno pain, no self-examination, no brokenness, norepentance, and no offense.
Isaiah 6:7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Nowthat this has touched your lips, your guilt hasdeparted and your sin is blotted out.”
Isaiah 6:7With Isaiah’s guilt removed and his sins blotted out sono one would ever see again or remember thosebehaviors of Isaiah that demonstrated any pastrebellion against God the Lord, Isaiah could now hearthe words of God and reply to the words of God withall feelings of guilt and shame removed.
Isaiah 6:7His sinful past would no longer make him unworthyto serve God, for God had made him worthy by Hiscleansing.
Isaiah 6:7There is no question in Isaiah’s mind where his“cleansing” came from. It came from outside himself.God and God alone had cleansed Isaiah. Our“cleansing” also comes from an outside source. It alsocomes from the place of sacrifice. For us, our“cleansing” comes from the cross of Calvary and theblood of Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 6:8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whomshall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Heream I; send me!”
Isaiah 6:8“Also I heard the voice of the Lord…” is a reminderthat only the man whose sins have been forgiven isworthy and able to “hear the voice of the Lord” andobey Him.
Isaiah 6:8Before Isaiah even knew the tasks that God wantedhim to perform, he told God that He could send him,that he was willing to do whatever God wanted done.
Isaiah 6:8In this sense, Isaiah became as the holy angels thatworshiped God day and night: he was ready to doimmediately whatever God asked of Him and he waseager to tell others the truth about the true God, theLORD of hosts.
Isaiah 6:8Navy Captains often, especially in times of war, arerequired to sail with “sealed orders.” They do notknow when they leave port their destination nor dothey have an explanation of where they are going andwhat they are to do. Nevertheless, they sail on withan allegiance to obey whatever is required.
BlessingMay you set the Lord continually before you;because He is at your right hand, you will not beshaken.Therefore may your heart be gladand may your glory rejoice;may your flesh also dwell securely.Psalm 16:8-9 (NASB)