Isaiah 6. Chapter 6 can be divided in to three short sections: 1. The vision of God (Isaiah 6:1-5) 2. Isaiah's cleansing (Isaiah 6:6-8) 3. Prophecy of Israel's hardening and rejection (Isaiah 6:9-13). .
1. The vision of God (Isaiah 6:1-5)
2. Isaiah's cleansing (Isaiah 6:6-8)
3. Prophecy of Israel's hardening and rejection (Isaiah 6:9-13).
John 12:37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: "Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?" 39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: 40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them." 41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
The three pairs of wings on each of the seraphim are believed to stand for reverence, humility, and speedy obedience to God's will.
In nature, our text says the world is full of the glory of Jehovah, and David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). And again David said, “When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou are mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visiteth him” ( Psa. 8:3,4). No man can watch the twinkling stars at night or behold the budding trees in the spring without being impressed with the glory of God.
Nowhere does the holiness and glory of God become more obvious than in the realm of grace. When man had sinned an was worthy only to be punished eternally for those sins, God in His love, goodness, mercy, and grace gave His only begotten Son to die the shameful death on Calvary that we might be redeemed from our sins, purified from the defilement of our sins, be justified from the guilt of sin, and finally to be glorified in heaven to spend eternity in bliss.
These things are such a marvelous exhibition of the glory and wisdom of God that good men stand in awe and bow in reverence while beholding them, and even the angels of glory are anxious to look into them (Eph. 3:10; 1 Pet. 1:12).
“O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth” (Psa. 8:1, 9).
Isaiah 6:5 So I said: "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 my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts."
Throughout the Bible others experienced a similar reaction such as Gideon (Judges 6:22), Job (Job 42:5,6), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:28), Daniel (Dan. 10:5-10) Peter (Luke 5:8) and John (Revelation 1:17).
The Bible also indicates that if you did look on God, you would die (Exod. 19:21; Jud. 13:22).
Isaiah 6:6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
Matthew 7:3 "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
2 Timothy 2:21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
All of us should have the attitude that Isaiah had. We should be willing to undertake any service which needs to be rendered to God. God is able to make us able to do His will. God does not expect us to do any service that we are unable to perform, but since God gives the ability to do that which he expects us to do, we are all the more unjustified in our lack of willingness to serve Him.
Isaiah 6:9 And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' 10 "Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed."
Isaiah 6:11 Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered: "Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, The houses are without a man, The land is utterly desolate, 12 The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land
13 But yet a tenth will be in it, And will return and be for consuming, As a terebinth tree or as an oak, Whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump."
This statement is variously understood; but we find Lowth's comment on this fully in line with all that is known about it.
"This prophecy has been made so clear by its accomplishment (fulfillment) that there remains little room for doubt of the fulfillment of it. Nebuchadnezzar took into captivity the great part of the people; the "tenth" remaining in the land, of the poorer people, followed Gedaliah (2 Kings 25:12,22). Even these, fleeing into Egypt contrary to Jeremiah's warning, perished there ..." In the subsequent and more remarkable fulfillment in the Roman destruction (A.D. 70); after the great majority perished, the "tenth" remainder increased rapidly and became very numerous in the days of Hadrian, who, being provoked by their rebellions, slew half a million more, thus a second time almost exterminating the nation. Yet after such signal and near-universal exterminations, the stock of the old Israel still remains."
Furthermore, these repeated massacres and exterminations of Israel have continued throughout history and even down into current times when they were again repeated under Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany.