The aim of this passage is to cause us to learn how Isaiah was called and commission by God to carry God’s message to Israel.
Isaiah sees a vision of God and is cleansed of his sins (Isa 6:1-7)
Remaining in God’s presence will lead us to crave greater sanctification.
In the year of King Uzziah’s death, Isaiah saw a vision of God. God was sitted on a throne that was lifted up high above the temple and the lower parts of His robe extended down and filled the temple. There were Seraphim above God and they had six wings. They used two of their wings to cover their faces, two to cover their feet and two to fly. One of the Seraphim called out to another saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! The fullness of the whole earth manifests His glory!” The entrances were shaken by the voice of the Seraphim and smoke filled the temple.
Isaiah feared for his life because he was in the presence of God the King who is holy while he was a sinner living amongst other sinners. One of the Seraphim flew down, used tongs to pick a burning coal from the altar and came to Isaiah and touched his mouth with it. The Seraphim said that Isaiah had been cleansed of his sins and he had been reconciled to God.
John 3:19-21 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
How do you react when God through His word exposes your guilt?
God send Isaiah to Israel to proclaim that they would not be receptive to God’s word (Isa 6:8-13)
When we ignore God’s word for long enough, we can get to a place where it can have no impact on us.
God then asked for someone to send to Israel and Isaiah asked God to send him. God told Isaiah to tell the people that they would keep on hearing God’s word and keep seeing God’s work but they would no longer understand. God would make their heart, ears, and eyes dull so that they would not see or hear or understand. They would then not be able to repent and receive healing from God.
Isaiah asked how long Israel would continue in this state of being unable to understand and God said it would be until the people had been removed from the land and it lay desolate. A tenth of Israel will remain and later be destroyed.
Matthew 13:10-16 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
Ephesians 4:17-19 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
How would you pray for unbelievers based on this passage?