Isaiah beholds seraphs and the holiness of the LORD God. Isaiah is called to be a prophet to the nation.
BBE translation. In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord seated in his place, high and lifted up, and the Temple was full of the wide skirts of his robe.
the year. Probably 738 BC.
King Uzziah. This is the king Uzziah named in the genealogy of Jesus Christ:
Matthew 1:8. Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram. Joram became the father of Uzziah.
Matthew 1:9. Uzziah became the father of Jotham. Jotham became the father of Ahaz. Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah.
death. Uzziah died in 742 BC.
wide skirts. That is, the “train” of his robe.
seraphim. It literally it means “burning ones.”
Each one had six wings. The seraphs have six wings.
Holy, holy, holy. The angels behold the holiness of the LORD God.
VERSE 4. The foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
VERSE 5. Then I said, “Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Hosts!”
VERSE 6. Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar.
your sin forgiven. The seraph forgives sins, just like Jesus Christ. Is this Jesus Christ, in disguise?
who will go for us. The “us” suggests the Holy Trinity.
Here am I. Send me! Isaiah responds to God like young Samuel.
In our day, God still looks for people who will respond to his call. He looks for those who will go, and speak on his behalf. Will you heed his summons?
God did NOT tell Isaiah to do these things:
- Stay and pray
- Stay and pay others to go
- Go and be silent
- Stay and be silent
Go, and tell this people. Isaiah is tasked to communicate God’s revealed truth. He is commissioned with the ministry of prophet.
VERSE 10. Make the heart of this people fat. Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed.”
lest they see with their eyes. Jesus Christ said these words. He spoke in parables so that people wouldn’t get it. Otherwise, if they understood his message, they would either have made him a secular king. Or they would have crucified him prior to the appointed time.
Lord, how long? A prophet beholds the holiness of God, and wonders how long before he acts to correct the evils we humans do to each other.
A prophet also wonders how long he has to keep delivering a message of doom.
Until cities are waste without inhabitant.This predicts the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem.
removed men far away. This predicts the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem.
a tenth. This is the faithful remnant.
Isaiah 4:2. In that day, the LORD’s branch will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the beauty and glory of the survivors of Israel.
the holy seed. That is, Jesus Christ.
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