Isaiah

 

Isaiah 6

  • Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Imagine being privileged to see the Lord at His throne. Yet, this privilege brought a great responsibility. Isaiah saw visions but for a purpose. He had a mighty work to do. His work was to warn the people of their sin and call them toward repentance. The Lord commands repentance. The message of repentance is still in order. He did not take away repentance with the coming of Jesus Christ.

  • Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Many do not like the word repent. It is kind of turns them off but what a beautiful verse that actually brings hope not despair in Acts 3:19. If we do not repent, we are in danger of losing our eternal souls. Israel was in danger of losing their whole nation. God was ready to restore and save them if they would only repent (change, turn around and go back to God). Repent means to change, turn around and go the right way as opposed to the wrong way that most of us are headed before we come to Christ for salvation.

We see here how great God is and how awesome was His presence. His presence drove Isaiah to feel the need of repentance. He felt unclean in the presence of God.

  • Isaiah 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
  • 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory .

To return to this topic of this vision, this shows us the great and mighty majesty and holiness of our Lord. Worship in heaven goes on. Someone in heaven is constantly worshipping God. He is so great and mighty. He is so worthy of all praise and adoration that whoever is in Heaven cannot stop worshipping and praising Him continually. How awesome is must be to actually be in His physical presence. It must be an overwhelming experience. I have felt the presence of God many times throughout my lifetime and it is awesome. Just one minute in His presence cannot even compare to hours of entertainment and laughter of the things in this life. He is awesome. I use the word awesome a lot because I can't think of a better one. God is an awesome God. They use to have a song out with that title.

  • Isaiah 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke .
  • 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 .

This is a normal reaction when in the presence of a Holy Righteous God. He immediately felt unclean and undeserving. We must not take God lightly. He is not someone to be brushed off or taken time for one hour on Sunday morning. This is the creator, the savior, our life-giver and the whole reason for our existence.

  • Isaiah 6:6 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:
  • 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Isaiah had to be cleansed from sin before beginning the work God calls Him to do. He couldn't tell others to repent and turn to God without first repenting Himself. Notice that he felt the need for cleansing but God did the actual cleansing. Repenting is our part, the cleansing is God's part. He is the one that brings the New Birth. It is done by the Holy Spirit. It is a real experience, a real inner change. It's something more than just turning over a new leaf. It is something that is done by the Holy Spirit. His sin was immediately taken away, just as if he had never sinned. This kind of bothers me when in order to win an election, politicians of today dig into someone's past and expose sins of 10 or 20 years ago. When sin is forgiven and put away by the Lord and the person has become a new creature in Christ Jesus. Do we have a right to make a person feel guilty again when our Lord has put away and forgotten the sin?

  • Isaiah 6:8 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 .

The Lord gives Isaiah a chance to respond to the need. Isaiah shows a willingness to obey what the Lord wants Him to do.

  • Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
  • 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
  • 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
  • 12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
  • 13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

God knows that the majority of the people will reject His pleadings and warnings. After hearing and rejecting the word over and over again the heart becomes dull of hearing and hardened. This is also how the conscience is seared. When a person first does something wrong, our conscience pricks us and we are disturbed about it. If we continue to ignore the prodding of our conscience then the act we do becomes less and less bothersome. Sooner or later the act is not wrong anymore to us and we can sin without feeling bad about it. Then the sin seems like a good thing. This is why standards of morality have changed from generation to generation. We have gone so far now that we call evil good and good evil.

Yet we see that God's plan is to reach beyond the nation of Israel and provide salvation for the Gentile nations as well. The rejection of the gospel by Israel as a nation at that time, caused the surrounding nations to be able to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. That temporarily cut off Israel out of their vine. Yet God was not finished with Israel. In the latter days, the Jewish people do find their true Messiah that their ancestors rejected. In fact that has already started as we see many Messianic congregations developing all over the world indicating that perhaps the time of the Gentiles is beginning to close. As many who have known the truth are turning away from that truth, the Jews are finding the truth again. Their hearts were once dull of hearing but in the latter days just before the 2nd Coming of Christ, they will receive Him. The first shall be last and the last first. The Jews come in last and the Gentiles came in first.

People of today have had the written word of God and the preaching of the gospel for over 2000 years now. Yet many are turning back to their pagan roots. We are calling evil good and good evil. That is why I believe the time of the Gentiles to receive and believe the truth may be drawing to a close. Take our today's society for example. Once sexual immorality, adultery, divorce for no biblical reason, and cheating on spouses were considered very wrong. Today, if you warn against the danger of that kind of lifestyle you are considered the one doing wrong.

Those that live in a way that gives their bodies over to things God didn't create or intend for us to live, endanger their own lives as well as their families and friends. Anything unnatural that would harm the body with disease or cause the mind to be warped, can destroy whole societies. Today we have poor kids that are confused about gender identity. Romans chapter 1 tells us how we got into this condition. We refused to retain God in our knowledge. Get away from God and guess who moves in. They bible tells us how to live and even be healthy.

It has gotten so bad that doctors who know what is happening to their health are censored from warning against sexual permissiveness. Even some medical scientists who try to warn are censored. Its almost as if the elitists want to see people suffer and die. Yet we see that those that care enough to warn against their unhealthy lifestyles are considered to be bigots. Yet this type of sin will destroy both body and soul as disease and loss of the immune system kills it's victim. If we warn them, we are accused of hating them. Granted there are some unkind people who do hate in the name of a religion whether they call themselves Christian or not. Never should we bring reproach to the name of Christ by picketing funerals, calling people names and harassing them. That is not the way to spread the gospel.

Still now our standards of morality is the very opposite from what they once were. It was once considered wrong to abort a baby on purpose. Now those that speak out against abortion are considered religious fanatics who want to rob women of her "right to choose". The innocent victims have no rights.

Verse 10 describes our generation as well as these who dwelled in Judah before the Babylonian captivity, our hearts have become fat, ears heavy and our eyes shut. In fact if the majority of people in the United States alone would read these bible studies they would probably think I was a nut case. Fifty years ago they would have agreed with most of it. Two hundred years ago most would agree with all of it except maybe a few rich plantation owners in the south.

Slavery among the rich plantation owners in the south. is a good example of how something evil can be accepted as a good thing. Just because something is lawful does not make it right. I'm sure that when slavery was first introduced to people that it was not widely accepted. The conscience may have pricked those who became involved at first. Soon greed, laziness and the desire to have someone else do all the work made slavery more acceptable and it was no longer considered evil but actually a good thing. They began to justify themselves with, "Maybe it was God's plan to make sure they heard the gospel." "Maybe it was a way to provide for a nation of starving people."

First off: No where in the New Testament does Jesus tell us to go kidnap people out of other nations and bring them to our own nation so that they can hear the gospel. He tells us to go into the entire world and preach the gospel to everyone. We are not to harm a hair on anyone. We are to be more willing to accept harm to ourselves than to allow ourselves to harm someone else.

Yet most of the people in the United States realized the evil of slavery and eventually those among the southern plantation owners; so when are we going to wake up and realize that abortion is indeed murder? Are we going to accept the murder of children next? The elderly? The mentally ill? The weak? The sick? Sure you may think I'm crazy but little by little these things creep into society until nothing is wrong and everything is right. It happened in Nazi Germany less than 100 years ago.

Why do you think a serial killer can kill without a qualm? They are not mentally retarded or crazy. They have no conscience because their conscience has been seared. We cheat in business once, it may bother us but after a while it is considered good business practice.

The only thing that can save the next generation is a good national repentance and crying out to God.

  • " If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 11 Chronicles 7:14

Notice that in 11 Chronicles 7:14, it says "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek the face of God." It does not say if the unbelievers shall pray. It is up to those that know God and are His people to turn back to their first love for Him and seek His face on behalf of the nation and those that are lost. The lost may not realize they need to pray. They don't know God and usually do not know to pray and seek Him. It is the believers that are supposed to bring the gospel and preach repentance. When the believers lose their faith in God's power to change lives, we become powerless and weak spiritually. It takes power to save the lost and change lives. If the church loses it's power, no one will be saved. We still need the Holy Spirit just as much as the apostles did. Without the power of the Holy Spirit nothing can be done that will count for eternity.

We see in the last verse of chapter 6 how a remnant shall remain from the captivity of Judah. That happened literally after the 70 year captivity of Israel in Babylon. This prophecy is a pattern that will be fulfilled in full in the latter days. Much bible prophecy had an immediate and future fulfillment some times more than one fulfillment at least in part. Usually something is left out and not fulfilled until the final end time.

God kept His promise to Abraham and raised up a deliverer through his lineage that will bring salvation to those who receive Him. His plan was to use the seed of Abraham. Even though only a handful believed in this deliverer at His first coming to die for our sins, all Israel shall believe in the latter days. Believe it or not that the time is coming when the Jewish people will be preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the future. They just don't know it yet. The first believers in Yeshua (Jesus) were Jews and the last believers shall also be a remnant of the Jews or Israel. Yet the gospel of eternal life and salvation is not limited to the Jews. It is for everyone who comes through faith in Jesus Christ as savior and Lord.

It is sad that usually there is only small remnants that repent and turn to God. Then there is even a smaller remnant who follow the Lord faithfully from then on. Jesus said that wide is the gate that leads to destruction and narrow is the way that leads to life. Nothing much has changed since the days of Isaiah's prophecy. We have our eyes on great numbers and we tend to follow the majority but in real life issues it is the believing remnant that are on the Lord's side. I'm not talking about weird cult like religions that no exercise complete control over people, I'm talking of a life of walking in the Spirit, having the fruits of the spirit that leads not only ourselves but others to everlasting life. There are always counterfeits that rise up to get people to follow them instead of the truth. True religion brings people to God, not follow a man (woman) in this life. We don't have to join a religious group, we follow Christ for our salvation. 

Dorna

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