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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah

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(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)


FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah 6: Heavenly Revelation


For structure & preliminaries, see chapter 1

v.1-4 Vision in the Throne Room of Heaven

v.5-7 Isaiah's response

v.8-13 Isaiah's Sending


v.1-4 Vision in the Throne Room of Heaven


v.1 (Isaiah sees inside heaven) 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.

v.2 (angelic beings surround God) 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.

v.3 (they acclaim the Lord's glory) And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.'

v.4 (as they speak there is a shaking) At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.



v.5-7 Isaiah's response


v.5 (Isaiah sensing the holiness feels unclean) ‘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.'

v.6,7 (he is purified by an angel) Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.'



v.8-13 Isaiah's Sending


v.8 (a call is put out for a messenger, Isaiah responds) Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?' And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'

v.9 (he is told what to say) He said, ‘Go and tell this people: ‘“Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.”
v.10 (his words will have the effect of hardening the already hard hearts) Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.'

v.11,12 (he is to keep speaking until the judgment comes) Then I said, ‘For how long, Lord?' And he answered: ‘Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, until the Lord has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken.
v.13 (yet, even after it, there will be a remnant left) And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.'



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