Daily Bible Studies
|Series Theme: Isaiah Studies (Series 1 of 8 - chapters 1 to 8)|
PRELIMINARY to reading Isaiah
Please check the 1st set of this series to understand Isaiah more fully
Chapter: Isaiah 6
Passage: Isaiah 6:1-7
A. Find Out:
1. When did what happen? v.1
2. What also were there and what were they doing? v.2,3
3. What happened when they did that? v.4
4. What did Isaiah feel and why? v.5
5. Who came with what? v.6
6. What did he do and say? v.7
Isaiah is granted a vision of the Lord. Remarkably he gives virtually no description of what he saw. Perhaps it was too incredible, perhaps he just had the sense that he shouldn't write down the detail. All we are told is that the Lord was a) on a throne, b) high up and c) He is obviously seated in a Temple. In major ceremonial events the train of a king's garments stretch out behind him showing his splendour. The splendour of the Lord is so great that it fills the place. The temple was the meeting place of man with God and that is what this encounter clearly is, God meeting with His man, Isaiah.
Above the Lord are two angelic beings who proclaim the truth about the Lord, that He is unique, unlike any other, and His splendour extends throughout the earth. The effect of all this on Isaiah is immediate: he is suddenly aware of his own sinfulness, aware that he is not holy, that the words of his mouth are so often unclean by comparison to the purity before him. He realises that he is doomed!
Then, wonder of wonder, instead of being struck down, he is cleansed of his sin, not by his effort but by God-provided means. Fire on the altar burned up sacrifices so the sacrifice of his confession is burnt up and he is forgiven, his guilt taken.
Chapter: Isaiah 6
Passage: Isaiah 6:8-13
A. Find Out:
1. Who did he hear saying what? v.8a
2. What was his response? v.8b
3. What was he told to tell the people? v.9
4. What was he told to do and why? v.10
5. What did he ask? v.11a
6. What answer was he given? v.11b-12
7. Yet what ray of hope was given? v.13
The initial call is simple and straight forward: God cleanses him, and makes a need obvious and then accepts Isaiah's offer to go. Although there seems invitation by God, offer by Isaiah and acceptance by God, it is more likely that under the circumstances Isaiah felt impelled by the greatness of God to respond in the way he did. It is more like a call of Jesus - follow me!
His task is confusing, both as to what it is and what he is to achieve. It almost seems that he is to confuse the people. Is that what it really is? Very often we feel that speakers are to speak so clearly that anyone can understand, but when we watch Jesus teaching he spoke in such a way that only those who sought after God understood. When Moses went to Pharaoh he spoke with such directness that he simply hardened Pharaoh's heart, which of course was God's intention. In the same way Isaiah's preaching and prophesying was so direct that it so often just hardened the hearts of the people. It is possible for people to avail themselves of God's blessing but only be half hearted, but that is not God's desire. God knows the hearts of these people and knows that only purging the land of them will suffice. How terrible.
It hardly seems worth having a “Recap” for just two studies but the chapter is so important that we will cover it as a separate “Recap”. In this little group of 2 studies we have seen :
A unique chapter in that Isaiah has a sighting of the Lord in a vision (not in reality or he would have died). The awfulness of the Lord makes Isaiah simply aware of his own failures (sin) and we are shown the grace of God that doesn't destroy him but instead cleanses and sends him on a divine task.
1. Next to God we are very unclean
2. We must rely upon God's grace to forgive and cleanse us
3. God accepts us and uses us from where we are
4. Unbelievers are unbelievers of heart, not mind
5. The Gospel comes to the open hearted
Thank the Lord that He takes us as we are, uses us and transforms us.
PART 6 : "Reassurance and Rebuke"
In this next Part we come to an historical passage, when Israel was fighting Ahaz, and Aram also moves against him. See how the Lord first of all brings him clear encouragement but then has to go on and rebuke him for his failure to believe. There are Messianic overtones here but they are not the main thrust of the chapter.