In today's lesson, Isaiah receives his calling in a heavenly vision.
Isaiah Chapter 6
Lessons from the text
In the Presence of God
Isaiah felt that his filthiness and incompetence was exposed before God. There's no way to hide our fallen state and our sins. God is pure; God is righteous; God is holy. When we see Him face-to-face, we see the truth and we know that we are not righteous, pure, or holy.
Let Them Be Blind And Deaf
God told Isaiah to make the heart of the people fat, their ears heavy, and to shut their eyes, least they be converted. As was just discussed, when people see God plainly, they acknowledge that they are sinners and can therefore repent. If God plainly revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ with all of his glory and his righteousness, then every person who saw or heard Jesus would have been converted. They would not have chosen to follow Jesus willingly but would have followed Him by necessity.
Therefore, when Jesus came to Earth, His glory was hidden; He came as a poor carpenter born in a manger, not displaying Himself as the King of Kings whose very skin shines like fire (Rev 1:12-15). This allowed people to choose to either receive the word of God willingly or to turn away and therefore condemn themselves.
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Verse by Verse Commentary
on holy ground—Exodus 3:5). Further description of the throne room can be found in Ezekiel chapter 1 and Revelation chapter 4.
4 God's presence is so great that the building shakes! Smoke is symbolic of the presence of God. Further examples of this symbolism are found in 1 Kings 8:10-11 and Revelation 15:8.
5 In the presence of God, Isaiah was face to face with just how much higher and more righteous God is, and consequently how much lower and unrighteousness he was.
6-7 When we acknowledge our sins before a holy God, God is willing and able to forgive us of our sins.
8 Knowing that he is now accepted in the presence of God, Isaiah is eager to serve the Lord.
9-10 God accepts Isaiah's request and gives him a mission.
11-13 This confounding of the senses of man will stand until the land is utterly destroyed. I believe this refers to the destruction of heaven and earth. God also promises that there will always be a remnant of people who believe, even in the midst of a society of people who are blind and death to the truth.
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