The Prophet Isaiah Meets the LORD and Recognizes His Holiness, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train 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!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?”
And he said:
“Until cities lie waste
and houses without people,
and the land is a desolate waste,
12 and the Lord removes people far away,
and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 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.”
I love words. Just to say the Word 'Isaiah', is to be uplifted.
We are in the seventh post of Prophets.
Prophets approach this calling in various ways. Rarely, in fact, never do we see a Prophet approach the Lord God, Most Holy, with such beauty.
Nathan was creative. Samuel was known to be afraid and complain. Jonah didn't love. Jeremiah said he was but a youth. Abraham thought God meant for him to be the problem solver. Moses was rash. Jacob had flaws. Gad thundered. And Isaiah, the sixth chapter tells us we are in the presence of Holiness. Which frankly, puts me in awe.
Can you picture seeing God's Holy Robe filling the Temple, almost the way the cloud of Heaven filled the Temple during Solomon's opening of His Temple.
Isaiah saw His Robe fill the Temple.
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
We are still, today, this generation, in the power of faith.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The woman touched the hem of Jesus' garment in Luke 8:44. The Greek word for "edge" is "kraspedon" meaning "fringe". The complex knots of Jesus' robe spell the word "Yahweh".
We come from a prodigal son generation, yet when we seek Him with our hearts - He runs to us. We see Isaiah end with reseeding of faith. In this generation, we see Asian Christians and African Christians boldly carry back their early Church Acts faith to us.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest
They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe
Father God, each day, let me walk with You. Let the meditations of my heart and the words of my mouth, be pleasing to You. My Rock and my Redeemer. In the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.