Isaiah 6: Bible Study Guide.

23-BSG-6A: WORSHIP GUIDE.

A Worship Guide corresponding with the today’s Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 6/ Theme: “Here am I. Send me!” /23-BSG-6A, (Isaiah 6:1-9)/ Hymn: ’Tis almost time for the Lord to come’ (SDAH 212).

EXPLORATION: Responding to God’s call for Mission — (Acts 13:2; Isaiah 6:8; Jeremiah 1:4; Jonah 1:2; Acts 16:10; Mt 28:19-20)

REFLECTION: Isaiah received this vision in chapter 6 while he was in the sacred precincts of the Temple in the year King Uzziah died. Seeing the glory of God, he saw how filthy he was. In the previous chapter (Isa 5:8-30), he had pronounced the six woes on sinners in the land, but here he pronounced woe on himself. After he had been made to realize his sinful state, one of the angels before God flew to him and touched his lips with a live coal from the altar (v. 6). “The coal from the altar represented the purifying and refining power of divine grace. It signified, as well, a transformation of character. Henceforth the one great desire of Isaiah for his people was that they too might experience the same work of cleansing and transformation.” (SDA BC 4:129).

Having been purified, Isaiah was now ready to be used by God — Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah wanted to know how long his people would remain stubborn (6:11a), God told him, “Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, And houses are without people, And the land is utterly desolate” (6:11b-c). This meant that “the situation would prevail till Judah had destroyed itself.” This text refers to the coming judgment (or captivity). First by Assyria in Isaiah’s day, and then by Babylon a century later, the people would be carried away into foreign lands. Nevertheless, Isaiah had the assurance that a remnant –[‘the holy seed (the elect remnant)]–would heed his message and be saved (6:13).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Beloved, here we are looking at a revival of primitive godliness. First, a conviction of our unworthiness: we are all are sinners in need of divine cleansing. Second, we must confess our sins: Isaiah felt deep anguish and confessed his sins and those of his countrymen (6:5); Third, a surrender to God’s call and commission: Isaiah heard God’s call and responded positively. This showed a spirit of readiness, resolve, and trust (6:8). God has called many of us to the ministry, to minister to others but very few have ever responded to the call. Some have even rejected the call.

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the Lord say to me this morning? My son, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” There is still work to be done (Rev 7:1-3) before the door of mercy is closed (Rev. 22:11). But in the meantime, who will minister to the unfortunate, the blind, the lame, the widow, and the fatherless, etc. Who will minister to sinners (who are lost and without Hope)? Remember, “the harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Mt. 9:37). I don’t want to see anybody perish, but  rather be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4). But who among you is ready to go and minister to My people? Dare to be the Isaiah today.

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to confess my sins and ask the Lord to cleanse me and use me; I want to surrender to God’s call and commission (Mt 28:19-20).

Have A Blessed Day: “So I said: “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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5, NKJV)

23-BSG-6B: PRAYER GUIDE.

A Prayer Guide corresponding with the today’s Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 6/ Theme: God’s Holiness /23-BSG-6B, (Isaiah 6:3)/ Key Text: “And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3, NKJV)/ Hymn:Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!” [Author: Reginald Heber (1826)]

Focus: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.

Opening Remarks: “The angels about the throne of God are impressed with His outstanding attribute—perfect holiness of character. The living creatures John saw about the throne likewise cried, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty” (Rev. 4:8). God sought to impress upon the mind of Isaiah a concept of His holiness, in order that the prophet should keep this attribute of the divine character constantly before His people, that they might thereby be encouraged to put away their sins and aspire to holiness.” (SDA BC 4:128).

In this chapter, Isaiah has shown us, among other things, that it is possible to behold (have a glimpse) of the glory of God. But there are specific requirements —We must first of all see our filthiness (our unworthiness, our sinfulness) by seeing the character of God in the pages of the Bible. Second, we must humble ourselves before God. Third, we must be purified (cleansed) so that we may receive the Holy Spirit. Beloved, when this is done, then will be ready to go out to the dying World; compassionately minister to people’s needs, AND give them the message of the Gospel and the Hope found only in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (see Evening Devotion for further comments).

Beloved, as we come to the today’s Prayer Session, we are invited to—behold God’s glory: His character, His holiness, His perfection. This can never happen if there is sin in our life; because sin (and its product, death) is the antithesis of God. Would you confess and repent of your sins before we approach the Holy Throne of the Majesty in Heaven (Heb 4:16)?

Values To Build On: Holiness.

Sins To Avoid/ Confess: Pride, Rebellion, failure to worship God; failure to respond to God’s call.

Something To Thank God For: Accepting forgiveness of sin; Purifying us; Using sinners like me to do His work; Spiritual Blessing from God;

People To Pray For: All worshipers to have an attitude of humility, obedience, and praise to God. To realize that because of their sins, not only they are unlike the Lord GOD, but also unlike the holy angels. If holy angels can cry out “Holy, holy, holy” and praise God so beautifully, how much more fallen humans ought to cry?

Issues To Pray For: Removal of guilt; Spiritual Blindness; Hardness of heart; Motivation for evangelism.

Today’s Promise: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:22–23, NKJV)

Action Step: Take a moment to Examine Yourself: Do you see any Specific Sins listed above in your life? If Yes; Confess and Repent right away. Remember – “Sins that have not been repented of and forsaken will not be pardoned, and blotted out of the books of record, but will stand to witness against the sinner in the day of God.” (The Faith I Live By, p. 211). Take a moment to pray for issues listed above; Pray for someone who is struggling with these sins. If you have a Prayer Request(s), kindly write it below and someone will pray for it. God Bless You!

Note: See Section 23-BSG-6Z of this Study Guide for a ‘Closing Prayer.’ Blessings!

23-BSG-6C: CHAPTER OVERVIEW.

Chapter At A Glance[1] Contents: The vision of the Lord sitting on a throne and Isaiah’s commission; [2] Characters: God, Isaiah; [3] Key Word: Vision (Isa 1:5); [4] Striking Verses: Isaiah 6:1-2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10; 11, 12, 13.

Important Words (NKJV):

  • [Isa 6:1] ‘temple’ (hekal) = Temple, palace
  • [Isa 6:2] ‘seraphim’ (sarap) = Saraph; kind of heavenly being.
  • [Isa 6:3] ‘holy, holy, holy’ (qados) = holy, commanding respect, awesome; consecrated for holiness
  • [Isa 6:5] ‘unclean’ (tame) = unclean; ceremonially unclean

Issues For Further Study: Seeing God; Seraphim; Sin and God’s character; God’s deliverance from sin; God’s glory; Transcendence of God; Angels; Atonement; Sin: (confession, repentance, forgiveness); God’s mercy, power, sovereignty; Heaven; Humility; Mission; Tabernacle, Worship; Visions: How valid are Visions today?

Commentaries by Theme: Jer. 1:9; Lk 5:8; Job 42:6; Ex 24:10; 1 Kings 22:19; Rev 1:17; Zech. 3:4

Similar Commands: Acts 28:25-27; Jer. 5:21; 15:2; Ex 3:10;

Similar Questions: 1Kings 22:19-22; Ps 74:10; 94:3;Isa 40:6; Ex 4:10-13; Ps. 90:13.

Biblical Events – (Events occurring):

  • Isaiah sees a vision in the temple • Is 6:1–13
  • Isaiah’s early prophetic career • Is 6:1–8:10
  • Divided Kingdom • Is 6:1–8:10
  • Fall of Israel • Is 6:1–8:10

Parallel Passages:

Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament (Isaiah 6)

  1. Is 6:1// Jn 12:41// Re 4:2// Re 4:9// Re 4:10// Re 5:1// Re 5:7// Re 5:13// Re 6:16// Re 7:10// Re 7:15// Re 19:4// Re 21:5
  2. Is 6:2// Re 4:8
  3. Is 6:3// Re 4:8
  4. Is 6:4// Re 15:8
  5. Is 6:9–10// Mt 13:14–15// Mk 4:12// Lk 8:10// Lk 19:42// Ac 28:26–27
  6. Is 6:10// Jn 12:40

Old Testament Quotes in the New Testament

  1. Matthew – (Is 6:9–10// Mt 13:14–15)
  2. Mark –(Is 6:9–10// Mk 4:12)
  3. Luke – (Is 6:9// Lk 8:10)
  4. John — (Is 6:10// Jn 12:40)
  5. Acts — (Is 6:9–10// Ac 28:26–27)

Synopsis of the Old Testament

  • Uzziah/Azariah’s Death (2 Ki 15:6// 2 Ch 26:22// Is 1:1; 6:1)

23-BSG-6D: CHAPTER INTRODUCTION.

The Call of God’s Prophet Isaiah: Three Elements Necessary to Serve God, 6:1–13

“(6:1–13) Introduction: many are called but few are chosen (Mt. 20:16; 22:14). What exactly does this mean? Simply that many individuals have been called by God to minister to people, but few have ever responded to the call. Far more have rejected the call to service than have responded positively. When an opportunity to minister crosses our path, we should grasp the opportunity. We should meet whatever need there is lying in our path. We should never neglect a person or persons in need—whether hungry, impoverished, sick, hurting or otherwise, not if the person is truly in need. No matter what the call to service may be, if the call comes from God, we should surrender to the call.

In the year that King Uzziah died, the LORD gave Isaiah an extraordinary vision of Himself. Obviously, young Isaiah needed this very special encounter with the LORD. Why this was necessary is not specifically stated, but several reasons can be gleaned from Scripture. First, Isaiah’s faith needed to be strengthened. He needed to know beyond any doubt who the LORD is and the extreme importance of the message being given to him. It was the LORD of hosts, the sovereign Creator and Majesty of the universe who was calling the young man to proclaim God’s message to the world.

Second, Isaiah evidently needed to be humbled. He needed to be shown just what terrible sinners he and the people were, especially when seen in the light of God’s glory and holiness (vv. 3, 5).

Third, Isaiah needed to be stirred with a renewed sense of urgency to proclaim God’s warning of coming judgment. It was absolutely essential that the people repent, turn back to the LORD if they were to escape the coming judgment. If they failed to repent, God’s execution of justice was sure to sweep down upon them.

Fourth, Isaiah evidently needed to be prepared for a challenging and difficult ministry. The people’s hearts were hard, their ears deaf, and their eyes blinded to the truth of God’s Word that He alone is the only living and true God. Therefore, they had to be charged to worship Him alone and to obey Him, living righteous and holy lives as His commandments stipulate.

Fifth, this was a critical time in the history of the nation. King Uzziah was either dying or else already dead. Under Uzziah’s leadership the nation had flourished economically and militarily. The king had launched a massive program of public works and construction projects in addition to strengthening the military. As a result, there was little or no unemployment. The people were very successful in their businesses, agriculture, and ranching ventures. Almost everyone had a prosperous lifestyle. However, in the latter years of Uzziah’s reign, he slipped into sin and exposed a terrible flaw in his character. He was seen to be full of pride and self-importance. Shockingly, he had forced his way into the temple and assumed the role of a priest, God’s appointed intercessor. Usurping the position of a priest was a very serious offense in the eyes of the LORD. For that reason the LORD had afflicted Uzziah with leprosy, and he was forced to live in isolation until his death. Left with no choice, King Uzziah had to put his son Jotham in charge of the government as his co-regent upon the throne.” [Leadership Ministries Worldwide, Isaiah (Chapters 1–35), The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible, (Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2005), I:104–105].

23-BSG-6J: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

SEEING WHAT’S THERE — [1] What is the main content of this chapter? The vision of the Lord sitting on a throne and Isaiah’s commission

[2] What does the chapter say about God? God is glorious. He rules heaven and Earth and directs the affairs of men. He has a Throne (a sanctuary) and Angels attends to Hm. God commission us to be coworkers with Christ for the salvation of our fellow men.

The Shekinah glory was revealed to Isaiah. — “Christ Himself was the Lord of the temple. When He should leave it, its glory would depart—that glory once visible in the holy of holies over the mercy seat, where the high priest entered only once a year, on the great day of atonement, with the blood of the slain victim (typical of the blood of the Son of God shed for the sins of the world), and sprinkled it upon the altar. This was the Shekinah, the visible pavilion of Jehovah. It was this glory that was revealed to Isaiah, when he says, “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” [Isa. 6:1–8 quoted] (MS 71, 1897).” (SDA BC 4:1139).

CAPTURE THE ESSENCE — [3] What did Isaiah see in the year that Uzziah died? (6:1) A vision of the Lord . He saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, with the train of His royal robe filling the temple.

“This manifestation of the divine glory took place upon the occasion of one of Isaiah’s visits to the sacred precincts of the Temple (PK 307). God designed that Isaiah should catch a wider vision than merely what he saw taking place about him. God would have him know that in spite of all the might of Assyria, He was still supreme upon His throne and in control of the affairs of earth. Moses was accorded a similar vision of God (Ex. 24:10). More than a century before Isaiah’s time the prophet Micaiah saw the Lord seated upon His throne, with the armies of heaven standing by Him (1 Kings 22:19). Earlier during the reign of Uzziah, Amos also saw the Lord standing by the altar in the Temple court (Amos 9:1). Later, during the Babylonian captivity, both Daniel (Dan. 7:9) and Ezekiel (Eze. 1:1; 10:1–5) saw visions of the Lord upon His throne, as did John on the Isle of Patmos (Rev. 4:1–6). When perils encompass God’s people and the powers of darkness seem about to prevail, God calls them to look up to Him, seated upon His throne and directing in the affairs of heaven and earth, in order that they may take hope and courage.” (Francis D. Nichol, Ed., The Seventh-Day Adventist Bible Commentary, 4:127–128).

[4] What are the Seraph, Seraphim? (6:2) These are Angelic beings mentioned only twice in the Bible (in Isa 6:2, 6). The word seraphim is plural in number.

“While cherubim are guardians of divine holiness, seraphim are divine beings proclaiming God’s holiness, praising God, and serving as agents of cleansing (Isa. 6:2, 6). The plural name seraphim derives from a Hebrew verb that means “to burn” and Isaiah’s reference is the only reference to these angelic beings in the Bible. In Isaiah 6:6–8, the seraphim fly to Isaiah and touch his lips with a burning coal to purify him and cleanse him of sin so he is able to speak for God.”

“In Isaiah’s vision, the seraphim are described as having six wings—two that cover their faces, two that cover their feet, and two with which they fly. With the first pair of wings, the seraphim cover their faces to protect themselves from the brilliance and holiness of God. The Bible says that no person has seen the unveiled glory of God and these spiritual beings are reminders of God’s holiness (John 1:18; 1 Tim. 6:16). With the second pair of wings, the angels cover their feet, possibly in an attitude of reverence and awe at being in the presence of God (similar to Moses removing his sandals at the incident of the burning bush in Exod. 3:5). The third set of wings is used by the angels to swiftly carry out the commands of God.” [Wayne House and Timothy J. Demy, Answers to Common Questions about Angels & Demons, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2011), 24–25].

[5] What did the seraphim cry? (6:3) “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

“In calling to one another the seraphs, whose number is not given, were proclaiming that the Lord Almighty is holy. The threefold repetition of the word holy suggests supreme or complete holiness. This threefold occurrence does not suggest the Trinity, as some have supposed. The Trinity is supported in other ways (e.g., see comments on Isa. 6:8). Repeating a word three times for emphasis is common in the Old Testament (e.g., Jer. 22:29; Ezek. 21:27). The seraphs also proclaimed that His glory fills the earth (cf. Num. 14:21) much as His robe filled the temple. By contrast the people of Judah were unholy (cf. Isa. 5; 6:5) though they were supposed to be a holy people (Ex. 22:31; Deut. 7:6).” [John A. Martin, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, 1985, 1, 1045].

[6] As Isaiah beheld the vision, what else did he observe? (6:4) He saw “the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, and the temple was filling with smoke.”

“As the seraphs cried out, Isaiah saw the temple shake and then it was filled with smoke (Isa. 6:4). The thresholds (cf. Amos 9:1) were large foundation stones on which the doorposts stood. The shaking (cf. Ex. 19:18) suggested the awesome presence and power of God. The smoke was probably the cloud of glory which Isaiah’s ancestors had seen in the wilderness (Ex. 13:21; 16:10) and which the priests in Solomon’s day had viewed in the dedicated temple (1 Kings 8:10–13)” – (Ibid, p. 1045).

[7] What did Isaiah say when he heard the cry and saw the house filled with smoke? (5) “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!”” (Isaiah 6:5, ESV)

[8] What’s the meaning of unclean lips? (6:5) “Unclean lips are sinful, since the mouth expresses the sinful intentions of the human heart (Mt 12:34; 15:18–20; Jas 3:5–6). Recognizing that he himself was a man of unclean lips, who was living among a people steeped in this sinful condition, helps us better understand the anguish Isaiah felt as he stood before an awesome and holy God.” (NIV Quest Study Bible).

[9] Apparently, ‘one of the seraphim flew to Isaiah with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.” (6:6) Realizing his sinfulness, Isaiah was cleansed by God, through the intermediary work of one of the Seraphs.

How can a live coal take away guilt? (6:6–7) “Burning coals were taken inside the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement (Lev 16:12), when the sacrifice was made to atone for sin. The hot coal here symbolizes both God’s wrath and his process of purification. In order for sin to be forgiven, God’s wrath—which both destroys and purifies—must be released against the sin. Significantly, one of the seraphim (the “burning ones”) is the instrument of purification administered to the prophet. Isaiah may well have learned from this experience that sinful human beings can join in the worship of the “burning ones” only when purified by the fire of God (Isa 1:25; 4:4).” (NIV Quest Study Bible).

[10] How did Isaiah reply when the voice of the Lord said “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” (6:8) “Here am I. Send me!”

[11] What is the significance of the noun “Us” in v. 8? God the Father, the Son, Holy Spirit.

“The word “Us” in reference to God hints at the Trinity (cf. “Us” in Gen. 1:26; 11:7). This doctrine, though not explicit in the Old Testament, is implicit for God is the same God in both Testaments.”

“The question “Who will go?” does not mean God did not know or that He only hoped someone would respond. He asked the question to give Isaiah, now cleansed, an opportunity for service. The prophet knew that the entire nation needed the same kind of awareness of God and cleansing of sin he had received. So he responded that he would willingly serve the Lord (Here am I).” [John A. Martin, The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, 1985, 1, 1045].

[12] What was message was Isaiah given by God to to tell the people? (9-10) “And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 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.”” (Isaiah 6:9–10, ESV)

Note: “These verses are referred to six times in the N. T. It pictures the attitude of the Jews especially toward Christ, a condition which still remains with them, and with all who wilfully reject Him.” (Keith Brooks). (Read Isa. 6:9–10; Compare Mt 13:14–15; Mk 4:12; Lk 8:10; Lk 19:42; Ac 28:26–27)

[13] Why isn’t Isaiah’s commission at the beginning of the book? (6:1–13) “Isaiah’s commission, in the year that King Uzziah died (740 BC), most likely preceded his preaching ministry. In much the same way that a writer establishes context, Isaiah may have delayed this chapter for the sake of impact. The first five chapters of the book clearly establish Judah’s sinful condition. The people had mocked the “Holy One of Israel” (5:19), and now he has commissioned Isaiah to call them to account.” (NIV Quest Study Bible).

23-BSG-6K: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.

TO THINK ABOUT AND DISCUSS

  1. What does Exodus 33:18–34:7 tell us about the glory of God?
  • What steps can we take to ensure that our hearts are in the right relationship with a holy God?
  • After Isaiah’s response of dread in verse 5, how would you explain the boldness with which he responded to God’s question in verse 8? What dramatic change had occurred within Isaiah from verse 5 to verse 8?
  • How would you help any who say that they know in theory that their sins are forgiven but they still feel guilty? How might the Lord’s Supper help?
  • Have you ever asked the Lord, ‘How long?’ about a situation? How much longer did you have to wait before some kind of answer or change in circumstances came? How can you help someone else in that position?
  • Notice again the last thing the angel says to Isaiah in verse 7. “Listen carefully, this has touched your lips; your wickedness [your sin, your injustice, your wrongdoing] is taken away and your sin atoned for and forgiven.” Is this true also of you? If so, how would you compare your next step of response with Isaiah’s next response in verse 8? Is God sending you to someone who is lost? If so, do you have any reservation as to why you still lingers?
  • The apostle John (John 12:39-41) is quoting from Isa. 6:10. What does John reveal about the identity of the One who sits on the throne 14?
  • In Scripture, God sometimes spoke to people in visions and dreams (Nu 12:6): the Lord commissioned Isaiah to be a prophet through a vision (Isa 6:1–13), the apostle Paul received a vision in the night (Ac 16:9–10), Peter’s vision came to him in a trance (Ac 10:10; 11:5), and the book of Revelation comprises one long vision given to the apostle John. The question is this: how valid are visions today? We hear many self-appointed prophets (false Christs) claiming to have something important to tell the world. God still appears to people in visions? How can we too have a vision? How can our spiritual eyes be open and see the Lord? How does this work? Prove your answer by the Scriptures.

FOR FURTHER STUDY: “As the prophet Isaiah beheld the glory of the Lord, he was amazed, and, overwhelmed with a sense of his own weakness and unworthiness… Isaiah had denounced the sin of others; but now he sees himself exposed to the same condemnation he had pronounced upon them.” (SDA BC 4:1138).

Isaiah had been satisfied with a cold, lifeless ceremony in his worship of God. He had not known this until the vision was given of the Lord. How little now appeared his wisdom and talents as he looked upon the sacredness and majesty of the sanctuary. How unworthy he was! how unfitted for sacred service!” (SDA BC 4:1139).

Isaiah had a wonderful view of God’s glory. He saw the manifestation of God’s power, and after beholding His majesty, a message came to him to go and do a certain work. He felt wholly unworthy for the work. What made him esteem himself unworthy? Did he think himself unworthy before he had a view of God’s glory?

FOR SELF-EXAMINATION: When we are permitted to behold the glimpse of God’s glory as He is unveiled to us, we will realizes to a slight degree the purity of the Holy One of Israel. We will make startling confessions of the pollution of our souls, rather than proud boasts of our holiness. After all, “all our righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isa 64:6). In deep humiliation, like Isaiah, we will exclaim: “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.”

FOR LIFE TODAY: When we think of our sinfulness [with our weakness and deformity], in contrast with the perfection of divine holiness and light and glory; how does that help us to be humble and see our need of Jesus? In order to do God’s work effectively, we must ‘be holy as He is holy.’ How can we go about preaching to others the holy requirements of Jehovah, if we, ourselves are not holy? How does the Lord deal with such hypocrisy?

FOR GOING DEEPER: In v. 3b “The whole earth was filled with His glory,” the seraphim sang. Today, how can the whole earth be filled with God’s glory? Wii there comes a day when there will be ultimate Yahweh’s glory which will be visible to whole Earth? (see Isa 11:9; Psa 72:19).

Isaiah’s vision recalls a past time in Israel’s history when Yahweh was visibly present among them (see Exod 16:7–10; 29:43; 40:34–35; 1 Kgs 8:11; Psa 26:8; 63:2) Fast-forward in Revelation, John says this – “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, possessing great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his splendor and radiance.” (Rev. 18:1, AMP) What does this mean?

PERSONAL IMPLICATIONS: Can you think of any experiences you have had that have helped you better understand God’s glory and/or your own sinfulness? How would you summarize what this chapter tells us most about God’s purpose and plan for His people?

23-BSG-6Y: NIGHT DEVOTION.

A Night Though corresponding with the today’s Bible Reading Plan: Isaiah 6/ Theme: Seeing God with our Spiritual Eyes/ 23-BSG-6Y, (Isaiah 6:1-5)/ Hymn:

Isaiah 6:1–5 (NKJV) — 1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 So I said: “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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”

REFLECTION: Isaiah had a threefold vision: (1) He looked UP—saw God; (2) He looked IN—saw himself; and (3) He looked OUT—saw others. Before we can work for Christ, we must have a vision. The writer of Proverbs tells us that without a vision, the people perish—(Proverbs 27:1).

Man is lost, needing salvation. God has already commissioned us to do His work— “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” (John 15:16, NKJV) Secondly, He gave the Great Commission, which includes all people— “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15, NKJV). Unless we work and win the lost to Christ, they will go to hell and their blood will be upon our hands—(Ezekiel 3:18).

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Isaiah had a vision of the Lord. Today we, too, may see the Lord. We may see God: (A) Through the Lord Jesus Christ— “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9, NKJV) (B) Through faith— “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV) (C) Through the Holy Spirit— “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26, NKJV) (D) Through the Bible— “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39, NKJV) (E) Through nature— “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV)

Beloved, as Christians we too must have a vision of the Lord. Life takes on a whole new outlook when we see the Lord. When we have just a glimpse of His  glory, there will be: Confession, Cleansing, Consecration, and most importantly, Compassion. Ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes. I am assuring you: you will never be the same.

Have A Good Night: “And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” (Revelation 1:17, NKJV)