“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 6, “Isaiah’s Commission,” cont’d

Christian Living

“Jesus At The Center,” Israel Houghton

“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty,”  Agnus Dei

“Lord Of Hosts” – A Title Of God Used Often In The Old Testament.  It Emphasizes God’s Dominion Over All Forces (Genesis 2:1; Isaiah 1:9; 45:12).

“Isaiah’s Commission,” cont’d, Isaiah 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.  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:  Leviticus 16:12; Hebrews 13:10.  7) And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touch thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.  8) Also I Heard The Voice Of The Lord, Saying, Whom Shall I send, And Who Will Go For Us?  Then said I, Here am I; send me.  

Quest Study Bible – “Why isn’t Isaiah’s “call” at the beginning of The Book?”  v1-8, The first five chapters of The Book are used to clearly establish Judah’s sinful condition.  In much the same that a writer establishes context, Isaiah may have delayed this chapter for impact.  Seeing the condition of a people of unclean lips (v. 5) helps us to better understand the anguish Isaiah felt about standing before an Awesome And Holy God.  “Did this actually happen to Isaiah?  v1, If taken literally, the phrases I Saw The Lord and he touched my mouth (v. 7) seem to indicate an actual event.  But it may have been a Vision where Isaiah saw things in another Realm.  Either way, Its effect on Isaiah was both dramatic and genuine.  “Seraphs (Seraphim),”  v2, Some think these Creatures were winged serpents with certain human features.  They could be compared to the Cherubim (see Dictionary) in the Inner Sanctuary of the Jerusalem Temple (1 Kings 6:23-28).  

Quest Study Bible –  “Unclean Lips,”  v5, Sinful.  The mouth expresses the sinful intentions of the human heart.  See James 3:5 and Matthew 12:34.  “How can hot coal take away guilt?”  v6-7, The hot coal symbolized both God’s Wrath And His Process of Purification.  In order for sin to be forgiven, God’s Wrath, Which Both Destroys And Purifies, Must Be Released Against The Sin.  The Hot Coal That Cauterized Isaiah’s lips caused him to Experience The Full Heat Of God’s Wrath And Thus To Experience His Forgiveness.  “God Did Not Want His People To Repent,”

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, Confronted with This Vision Of The Lord, Isaiah was undone.  I am a man of unclean lips:  Isaiah knew that he was a sinner.  a people:  Isaiah’s plight is the plight of every person.  No one in his or her perfect state, is capable Of Standing Before The Holy One (Psalm 24:3).  The King The Lord Of Hosts:  After contemplating the death of Uzziah (v. 1), Isaiah has seen The King Who Will Never Die.  v6, The Live Coal … From The Altar Symbolizes Both the Purification Of The Fire Of The Spirit That Enabled The Prophet to speak.  From that point on, his Words would be Light to his hearers and Power to those that would listen.  A Coal From The Altar was used to remind us that all sin is Forgiven Because of A Sacrifice.  God Sovereignly and Graciously Cleansed Isaiah’s sin.  v7, taken away:  Sin is removed as far as the east from the west.  The Hebrew word translated purged means “covered” and is the same word translated Atonement.  v8, Here The Lord Uses The Pronoun Us To Mean The Triune God.  Send me:  Isaiah’s willingness proceeded from a grateful heart; he Wanted To Serve The God That Had Forgiven Him (v. 7).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – 1-8 In this Figurative Vision, The Temple Is Thrown Open To View, Even To The Most Holy Place.  The Prophet standing outside The Temple Sees The Divine Presence Seated On The Mercy Seat, Raised Over The Ark of The Covenant, Between The Cherubim and Seraphim, And The Divine Glory Filled The Whole Temple.  See God Upon His Throne.  This Vision is explained, John 12:41, that Isaiah now saw Christ’s Glory, and Spake of Him, Which Is A Full Proof That Our Saviour Is God.  In Christ Jesus, God Is Seated On A Throne Of Grace; And Through Him The Way Into The Holiest Is Laid Open.  See God’s Temple, His Church On Earth, Filled With His Glory.  His Train, The Skirts Of His Robes, Filled The Temple, The Whole World, For It Is All God’s Temple.  And Yet He Dwells In Every Contrite (Repentant) Heart.  See The Blessed Attendants by Whom His Government Is Served.  Above The Throne Stood The Holy Angels, called Seraphim, which means “Burners”; They Burn In Love To God, And Zeal For His Glory Against Sin.  The Seraphim showing their faces veiled, declares that they are ready to yield Obedience To All God’s Commands, though they do not understand The Secret Reasons Of His Counsels, Government, or Promises.  All vain-glory, ambition, ignorance and pride, would be done away by One View Of Christ In His Glory.  This (Awful, or Wonderful) Vision of The Divine Majesty overwhelmed the Prophet with a sense of his own vileness.  We are undone if there is not a Mediator between us and This Holy God.  A Glimpse of Heavenly Glory is enough to convince us that all our righteousness is as filthy rags.  Nor is there a man that would dare to speak to The Lord, if he saw The Justice, Holiness and Majesty Of God, without Discerning His Glorious Mercy And Grace In Jesus Christ.  The Live Coal may denote The Assurance given to the Prophet, of Pardon and Acceptance in his work, Through The Atonement Of Christ.  Nothing is powerful to Comfort and Cleanse the soul, but what is Taken From Christ’s Satisfaction And Intercession.  The Taking Away Sin is necessary to our speaking in confidence and comfort, Either To God In Prayer, or From God In Preaching; and those shall have their sin taken away who Complain of it (their sin) As A Burden, and see themselves in Danger Of Being Undone By it (their sin).  It Is Great Comfort to those whom God Sends, That They Go For God, and May Therefore Speak In His Name, Assured That He Will Bare Them Out.

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