ISAIAH 6 - Seen and heard
Seen and heard
The presence of God in Isaiah 6
This profound vision is a seminal description of God at work in the soul of the sinner – it is also a commentary on worship, and a template for calling to service.
This is indeed a truly remarkable passage – and the more so because it has such a link with our passage of this morning. (John 12)
How then shall we view it this evening?
How shall we approach it so that the vision may be shared by us as individuals? How shall we expound it so that it’s enduring message truly impinges on our present life and circumstances?
Isaiah – at a particular time of crisis – sees the Lord exalted and this makes him acutely aware of his own sin.
Immediately a divine messenger comes with the means for cleansing him and, as a result, Isaiah offers himself for service.
But the service is difficult and unending. It is mostly fulfilled in the glory of Christ in John 12 – but not completely fulfilled until the Kingdom is complete.
Of the themes that are central to this experience these are:
The majesty and greatness of God
His worship and His plan for mankind
The unworthiness and sinfulness of Isaiah
His cry for help and the angel’s ministry
Upon his renewal there comes an immediate challenge
“Who will go for us?” to which Isaiah promptly responds
But the message is hard and Isaiah asks about the timescale
God does not encourage him – but challenges him again.
In trying to establish a working framework for the passage we might try these: