Isaiah warned the people to repent but they did not believe him and God showed Isaiah the destruction that was going to come upon his people because of their rebelliousness toward God. Isaiah is broken hearted for his people despite their rebelliousness which is a lesson for all of us to not allow ourselves to become bitter or indifferent toward our world but to remain broken hearted over not only the lives that they are living but the destruction that will come their way if they do not turn to God.
(God is going to reveal Himself to Isaiah in a new way that is going to change Isaiah forever. Some believe that this passage of scripture was the calling of Isaiah while others believe it was placed in the order of the events as they took place)
God is revealed to us as a Father but in the purest since of what it means to be a Father. Our culture is not only slamming Fathers but men in general and it creates a problem with our view of God. There have been some to even say our view of our earthly fathers affects our view of God but one thing the Bible is clear on is that God is known as The Father (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3, 4:6; Matthew 23:9; 1 Peter 1:3)
Psalm 68:5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
The understanding of God as Father is crucial to our understanding of Christianity because to get the concept of God wrong does change our view of Him and ourselves.
“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.” (Knowing God, J.I. Packer, Pg.201)
Isaiah 6:1-4 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”[b]4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
“In the year King Uzziah died” While King Uzziah was on the throne it was a time of prosperity for the nation. A wicked King named Ahaz will now take the throne which will bring war and weakness to the nation as well as the destruction that Isaiah has prophesied about in chapter five. Isaiah knew what was getting ready to take place and he was concerned about it and I believe God gave Isaiah this vision as encouragement to remind Him that no matter what God was still on His throne.
“I saw the Lord” The Bible tells us that no one can see the Lord and Live (Exodus 33:20) but Isaiah like several others in the bible saw a manifestation of God and not God in His full Glory. Isaiah does not describe God but what was going on around Him and he had a difficult time finding adequate words to describe what he saw around the throne of God. The encouragement that Isaiah received is beneficial to us as well and we can learn several things from it.
1) Your Heavenly Father Is In Charge
“Seated on the Throne” Can you imagine God showing you that next year America was going to have a nuclear attack, Gas prices astronomical, and food scarce, loved ones gone and yet you still had to wait till it happened? One of the reasons some believe God gave this vision to Isaiah was to show Him that no matter what happens in this life God is still on the throne. We cannot allow the circumstance of our lives or the circumstances in this world to keep us from remembering that God is still on the throne even though it seems He is not in control. God was showing Isaiah that Kings will come and Kings will go but the ultimate King is still seated “High and lifted up” on His throne. Kings would build platforms that were elevated to show that they were in charge and Isaiah saw that Gods throne was higher than all other thrones.
Psalm 11:4 he Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
If you ever wondered if God sees what you are going through, who stole from you or who did you wrong this verse lets you know God sees it and He is using it to grow you in your trust of Him. Many times in our walk with God our brains will begin to think that God has abandoned us or has forgotten about us. The reality is God sees and He knows and even if our circumstances seem out of control He is in control.
“Train of His robe filled the Temple, the whole earth is filled with His Glory”
Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
God cannot be contained and He has constantly revealed Himself and can be seen throughout creation. Those who deny God’s existence have to do so by ignoring what has been revealed through His creation, through His word and through Jesus Christ. Sometimes we have to stop and look and see that God is involved in all of creation and that God did not set the world in motion and step away from it but is actively a part of the world around us.
“Above Him stood seraphim” Seraphim, simply means burning ones. Six wings: Two to cover face (sign of respect) Two to cover their feet (Unworthiness) Two to fly. These Angelic beings who knew no sin could not even look upon the Holiness of God. These angels as we will see had no response but to speak about God’s Holiness. God is on His throne and He has never left it.
2) Your Heavenly Father is Perfect
“Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty”, Holy means cut off or separate. Holiness is not something we can fully understand this side of Heaven because we are so tainted by this world. We are full of sin to the point that we do not realize how much sin we have in our lives until we are faced with God who has no sin in Him at all. The Hebrew language uses repetition for emphasis and saying Holy, Holy, Holy is like us saying infinity. We do not hear that God is Wise, Wise, Wise or Powerful, Powerful, Powerful but twice we see in the scriptures that God is Holy, Holy, Holy.
Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
John’s revelation of the things to come in the future was exactly the same as Isaiah’s. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us to pray “Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name” which means that we are to pray that people see God as Holy. (Matthew 6:9) Jesus wants us to recognize God as Holy even before His Kingdom coming and His will being done because until we see God as Holy then we will not be able to understand His grace. We have made God in our image and put Him in human terms and we have not focused on what He has revealed about Himself. Gods Holiness is something that words cannot describe and theologians have a difficult time describing what it exactly means because it is so separate from our thinking and who we are.
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
We cannot fathom that God does not have sin, His thoughts are always pure. God is not just separated from sin He is of moral and ethical perfection. This means that all of God’s ways are perfect and although we may not be trusting of people because of the sin in their lives we can trust God because everything He does is Holy, perfect and true.
3) Your Heavenly Father is Powerful
“And the foundations and the thresholds shook at the voice of Him who called.” When people say they are going to ask God questions when they get to Heaven or people who say that God has some explaining to do about things that have happened in their lives they have no clue about His awesomeness. God is not our buddy and to treat Him the way some of the preachers talk about Him as if God is waiting for your faith to act or He has to do your bidding if you ask Him in prayer miss the entire point of God revealing Himself as powerful.
Psalm 29:4-8 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness, the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
An archaic meaning of the word Holy is Awful or to be Full of awe. God is described as an awful being meaning one who is to be feared and respected. How much of our sermons in church present God as and all powerful God who is more powerful than we can ever imagine? Isaiah will later describe Gods magnificence and awesomeness.
Isaiah 40:17-18 All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness. 18 To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?
All of Isaiah chapter 40 is about how great God is. King David understood the power of God and that is why he was able to say he was not afraid of anything else but God.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[a] I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
David did not even fear death because he knew how powerful his God was. What are you fearing, Have you forgotten who you Father is and how powerful He is? Isaiah saw things as bleak and depressing but then God gave Isaiah Heavens point of view. Sometimes we need to remember Heavens point of view about the world we live in so that we do not get scared or discouraged. From Heavens point of view God our Father is still in charge, He is still on the throne. From Heavens Point of View God is Holy, Holy, Holy and everything that He does is perfect. From Heavens Point of view God is powerful and nothing scares or frightens him
Christians our lives have to be different because we can trust our Father in Heaven that He sees and He knows what is going on. We should not fear or fret like the rest of the world because we have a Father in Heaven who is more loving, more powerful and perfect in all of His ways.