to ISAIAH 6 1:7
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
For so very long, I find myself mesmerized by bible verses containing the utmost of supernatural descriptions – usually visions of prophets (think Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John). Isaiah 6:1-7 contains such verses wherein the prophet attempts to describe via the Holy Spirit’s empowerment the sights and sounds of eternity. Eternity past, present and to come. What is on the other side just a whisper from our souls?
I try to picture with my mind’s eyes what Isaiah describes.
“The LORD, high and exalted. I imagine the LORD so far above He’s not seen by Isaiah, but the train of his robe flows down, down, down, descending all around like a white, satiny river; eternal, never ending.
The seraphim cover their faces and their feet. I wonder why? Do they hide their faces from Isaiah? Would he be undone to see their faces? Do they shine like Moses on the Mount of Sinai? Their feet veiled by two wings – consider any flying bird who lifts feet under feathers until landing or catching prey.
How did the seraphim put the coals to Isaiah’s lips? Using a hand “his” hand. So, seraphim have hands and are male. Six wings in total. Matches other descriptions in scripture.
I want to fellowship on this type of supernatural event. Its super supernatural to me. Fellowship on a daily basis appeared to be the norm in the early church. Now this gathering is illusive at best. But, we can do it another way . . .
So, I asked several believers I know to share what they infer from meditating and grappling with the verses. This is an opportunity for you all to serve me as brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for your fellowship over the years. I hope this blesses each of you and you gather insight from one another as well. I’m leaving the rest of these verses to others.
Let’s read what you each wrote . . .
While it’s universally accepted that Isaiah received his prophet status commission in verses 6:1-7, I believe he saw Christ, son of God, who was and is on the throne in the heavenly realm. He describes Christ, son of man, in Isaiah 53. That Isaiah was called to what some might deem a fruitless task, warning Israel about the pending destruction and their captivity for their falling away into sin as outlined in 6:9-10 sits like a sour knot in my stomach and this, then, is where my head is:
A study of Biblical history reveals repeating patterns. This scenario was seen again during Christ’s physical term on earth, (Acts 13:27). For they that dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled [them] by condemning [him] (13:28). And though they found no cause of death [in him], yet asked they of Pilate that he should be slain.
What I conclude from this is that we are witnessing, yet again, the repetition of circumstances that end with those who refuse to see and thus will be blinded ‘lest they see’. Considering that this refers to those who call themselves ‘Christian’ is the new painful twist.
The word that describes my dread over this is ‘outnumbered’ even as I accept the challenge of being a member of the Remnant as Isaiah was. Though I am not commissioned to be a prophet as he was, I can experience his anguish, the frustration of watching as those who are supposed to speak but are never being heard.
Isaiah chapter 6 deals with Isaiah’s call, cleansing and commission.
Isaiah 6 1-5 God gave Isaiah a vision of His Holiness. The earth is a worldwide display of His immeasurable glory, perfection and attributes as seen in creation. Our daily frustrations, society influences and our own short comings reduce our narrow view of God. We need Isaiah’s view of God as high and lifted up to empower us to deal with our problems and concerns. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and the scripture demands it. To glorify Him is to honor Him, to acknowledge His attributes and to praise him for His perfections. Failing to give God glory is man’s greatest affront to his creator. Harod was struck down by God for not giving Him glory. Acts 12:23 – Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. Personally I find that as I complain to God about my trials or hardships, the enemy of my soul is eating me from the inside out, just as Harod was eaten by worms. Romans 1:21 because although then knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. This verse is talking about unbelievers, but I find within myself the same futile thinking when I complain and grumble to the King of the Universe. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of host; the whole earth if full of His glory – Isaiah 6:3. May this, Holy God, who also calls us friends, teach us in a new way how to glorify Him this upcoming year.
Jill – Fort Collins, CO
It seems Isaiah saw the Lord in a vision. He saw His glory, majesty and holiness. This led him to conclude that Israel and himself were unclean compared to what he saw. Isaiah immediately knew who he was in relation to the Lord. He was undone. Isaiah had to see the Lord this way to realize he was unclean. Then, the angel touched his lips and made him clean and forgiven. It was the Lord who did all this for Isaiah, who, as the chapter goes on is commissioned to go for the Lord. It seems to say that the Lord will prepare the one He is calling. Part of this preparation seems to be the recognition that one is incapable without the Lord’s intervention and grace. Not that a human vessel ever achieves perfection in themselves, but that God does the cleansing that we cannot do. Thus, He makes us fit for service because we’ve “seen Him, high and lifted up” and we see His glory. It changes us.
John – Colorado Springs
There is no hope of measuring up to God’s standards for He alone is holy. Isaiah saw this through his vision and realized how unclean and guilty he was after seeing the Lord in all his holiness surrounded by the seraphim who sang of His holiness. But the Lord provided for Isaiah, via the seraphim, a way to start anew and clean. As I think about this for myself, I realize that Christ has cleansed me and made me new. How often I take this for granted, despite His holiness! There is honor due to Him that I so often forget. The vision for me is to be more in tuned to and take seriously how He has already commissioned me to go forth in this world to be an example, to be courageous and to share the Gospel!
There are at least 3 places in our Bible where a mortal man is allowed to look into the throne room of God. On all 3 occasions the men were stunned, undone, afraid of the utter Holiness, magnitude, and unable to really grasp what is happening before their eyes. Isaiah, like many of us, recognized that he had an unclean mouth and felt totally unworthy to be there. We see that God, using and angel, cleaned his mouth with a coal of fire. Isaiah`s iniquity was removed, as were his sins. As if God said…I know you are undone, but I have just fixed the problem for you, so continue to observe these things I want to show you. He was MADE worthy to be there for that time. God does the same for us, but there is no coal of fire used, just Jesus. He cleans out iniquity and removes our sin. Praise God that He is able and willing to do that for us.
I’m honored to be included in this reflection. This passage has long captivated me with both the splendor and kindness of the King.
The unapproachable one of all creation sits enthroned in unapproachable light, His glory so expansive that the very walls of an eternal throne room seem unable to contain it. I tremble at the magnitude of what the Father is showing to his servant Isaiah (and to those of us who like Isaiah come before Him) at this moment…it is no wonder that Isaiah laments his own filth and that of humankind…we are completely destitute and our best works are dirty rags compared to the glory of our Father’s magnificent robes. He is forever Holy.
The beings that surround the throne dare not look on God, as their eyes are covered by two of their wings. And their worship? Not one bit of “self” is contained in it…they only speak of the object of their worship.
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory” is their song. They proclaim the ultimate truth that God is Holy and the earth is FULL of HIS Glory. Not a mention of anything else…The creator of all goodness and beauty deserves singular worship. He is forever Holy.
This magnificent One, the Great and Mighty Creator of all that is, the One that holds it all together…this One reveals his essence to His precious human creation…for what reason? The purpose of calling Isaiah to be his prophet. Called to be a spokesman for the Almighty. And in the calling is the purification of Isaiah’s WORDS, the redemption of his tongue enabling him to speak of the glories of the Everlasting One. He is forever Holy and makes his servant Holy.
Now the kindness…
God is—by the teachings of Jesus—Our Father.
Abba God, Daddy God. The King of All who is due all praise and glory from everything he has created, tenderly calls us his children. He invites us into his glorious presence by the purification of Jesus eternal Blood and resurrection. We are made Holy to stand before Him clothed in His robes of righteousness. He made us holy in His sight. And more than that…He gives us himself! Read Jesus prayer before his arrest…
John 17:17-21 “Use the truth to make them holy. Your words are truth. I have sent them into the world the same way you sent me into the world. I’m dedicating myself to this holy work I’m doing for them so that they, too, will use the truth to be holy. “I’m not praying only for them. I’m also praying for those who will believe in me through their message. (Candice, this is us!!!) I pray that all of these people continue to have unity in the way that you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they may be united with us so that the world will believe that you have sent me.
Jesus last words before he entered the scourging for our sin was that we would all be UNITED WITH GOD as Jesus is in the Father and the Father is in Him, so that the world will believe that he was sent.
We have before us this invitation…be reconciled to the One that Isaiah has seen in this vision, share our very lives with one another and boldly tell with redeemed tongues the truth that the Father paid it all so that we could be with Him in His Glory. Tremble with me on that one.