And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, "You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased."
6.Then flew one of the Seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7.And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
The live coal from off the altar does not represent the holy flame which burns in the prophet’s heart; but it represents purgation, cleansing, participation in the sacrifice, and the putting away of sin.
8.Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?
Here we have the Divine Trinity in Unity. Saying, “who will go for us?” There is the Trinity. Father. Son. Holy Spirit. God is seeking a messenger to deliver his message to men.
Then said I, Here am I, (Stammering it out with the blistered lip) send me.
Isaiah did not know perhaps, the mission the Lord needed someone to go, perhaps if he had known it, he would not have been quite so ready to go; but who can tell? God’s servants are ready for anything, ready for everything, when once the living coal hath touched their lip. You and I should be thankful God have not called us out to such a mission as He did Isaiah.
God, the Holy Father, must touch your heart with the Holy Spirit before your mouth can speak for Him. Your mouth must be made ready to carry the word of God with power to God’s people, to a dying world who needs God. You and I need to introduce them to the Holy Father by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Isa 6:9-10. And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert and be healed.
Jesus Christ died upon the cross, He was buried in a tomb, but three days later He arose from the grave by the power of God, the stone was rolled away from the tomb and Jesus got up with power, with all power given to him by His Father. It is not wise to reject the gospel, nor Jesus Christ, because if you reject Jesus, you are rejecting God. When you and I say, Yes to God and invite Jesus to live in your heart, your sins will be forgiven, you will be washed clean, and your sins taken away.
Isaiah 6:9-10, That was no gospel ministry; it was a ministry of condemnation. The house of Israel had rejected the prophets and had rejected God; and in the fullness of time would reject God’s own dear Son. When Isaiah in a vision looked forward to all this, he was sent not to soften, but to harden; his word was to be a savor of death unto death, and not of life into life.
“And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thin iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.”
When you are no longer shackled with the load of sin, because we have let Jesus the savior take the load of care of sin away and sin is now purged by His shed blood on the cross of redemption so now you and I can say: Here am I Lord, send me. Send me Lord into upmost parts of the world. Whatever kind of word or mission God send you or I on, we will be prepared when the power of Holy Spirit has His indwelling power in our heart. When you are touched by the Holy Spirit and set on fire you Will do as Jesus commanded, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15).
Isaiah was sent forth by God, he writes “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,” and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims; each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:1-4
Isaiah was awe-stricken by this vision of the glory of the Lord. It was a sight such as few eyes have ever seen. Isaiah was never actually in the holy place, for he was no priest, and therefore he could not stand there; but it was a vision that must have remained upon his memory through the rest of his life. The holiness and the glory of God struck him at once.
Isa 6:5. Then said I, “Woe is me!” for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
There was, indeed, enough to make him say, “Woe is me!” A sinful preacher, an imperfect preacher, among a sinful and imperfect people, he felt as if the society in which he moved and lived was the reverse of the society in which God dwells. And that it was. Pure seraphim cry, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts;” but as for us, our very talk is unholy: “a people of unclean lips.”
Isa 6:11-12. Then said I, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the Cities be wasted without inhabitants, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
This was a heavy task for the prophet; he had no tidings of God’s relenting, no tokens of divine mercy.
Isa 6:13. But Yet”
You never get this deep bass note of divine justice without having a “but Yet” to accompany it.
Isa 6:13. In it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
When the oak sheds all its leaves, it is not dead; there is living sap that will again cause the tree to be verdant. Though the nation was to be brought very low, there was still to be left a remnant according to the election of grace. Sin never reaches such a point in God’s people where grace could not triumph over. Still, where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. This chapter shows the sovereignty of God in the light of His judgement over sin, and reveals how, when sin comes to a certain point, the Lord gives men up, and leaves them to the blindness of their heart, that even the means of grace, the prophetic message, becomes a means of condemnation to them.
The house of Israel had rejected every prophet God sent, they also had rejected God and in the fullness of time they would reject God’s only son Jesus Christ. So God brought judgement on the house of Israel and the men of Judah, but He saved a remnant of the people.
“See here God’s grace”, even though His judgement was over them, God hands of grace were stretched out for them.
Ezra 9:8 “And now for a little while GRACE has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our GOD may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.”
Praise the Lord!!!
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