Daily Devotional Tuesday 5th July 2022

by William Moody

Isaiah 6

Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord

6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train1 of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

  “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
  the whole earth is full of his glory!”2

And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

Isaiah’s Commission from the Lord

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people:

  “‘Keep on hearing,3 but do not understand;
  keep on seeing,4 but do not perceive.’
10   Make the heart of this people dull,5
    and their ears heavy,
    and blind their eyes;
  lest they see with their eyes,
    and hear with their ears,
  and understand with their hearts,
    and turn and be healed.”
11   Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”
  And he said:
  “Until cities lie waste
    without inhabitant,
  and houses without people,
    and the land is a desolate waste,
12   and the LORD removes people far away,
    and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13   And though a tenth remain in it,
    it will be burned6 again,
  like a terebinth or an oak,
    whose stump remains
    when it is felled.”
  The holy seed7 is its stump.

Footnotes

[1] 6:1 Or hem
[2] 6:3 Or may his glory fill the whole earth
[3] 6:9 Or Hear indeed
[4] 6:9 Or see indeed
[5] 6:10 Hebrew fat
[6] 6:13 Or purged
[7] 6:13 Or offspring

(ESV)

To be a prophet who brings hope Isaiah needs a right vision. This begins with a vision of God (v1-3). The Lord is ‘high and exalted’, above all people and powers. The train of His robe filling the temple speaks of majesty. ‘Holy, holy, holy’ speaks of God’s otherness and brightness on an infinite scale. ‘Lord of hosts’ speaks of the all-powerful Jehovah, not just very powerful. ‘The who earth is full of His glory’, God’s worth being seen in creation.

Isaiah then has a vision of himself (v4-5). The shaking of the doorposts and thresholds of the temple (v4), speaks of the unapproachableness of God for sinful man. Likewise, the smoke is there to hide God’s greatness from sinful eyes. In the presence of God’s holiness Isaiah is aware of the sin that comes out of himself and the world around him (v5). Isaiah is aware that sin is fatal in the presence of God.

But then he has a vision of grace (v6-7) as the seraphim takes a coal from the altar of sacrifice (v6). The altar of sacrifice points to Jesus’ death on the cross, the only hope for salvation. The coal touches the unclean part (v7), guilt is removed, sin is covered only through the sacrifice of Jesus for sin.

Isiah then receives a call from God (v8) and given a vision of his ministry (v9-10) which will be very challenging. But at the same time, he is given a vision of the remnant (v11-13). In darkest days would preserve a people for Himself.

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