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It is the vision of God as Adonai which started him out on his prophetical career. As with most of our studies so far this month, we can't summarize everything the Bible teaches about God in a few lines. 686 B.C. I saw the Lord sitting on a throne - How? Remembering that the best commentary on Scripture is Scripture, it behooves the sincere student of God's Word to try and discern a similar action elsewhere in the Scriptures. And for this reason (What reason? He had called him Master in 5:5, but here he called him Lord Simon saw no vision; he saw the living Christ. Still one of my favorite hymns of all time, and one which has special memories for me. Iniquity (05771)('avon) is a verb with the basic meaning of to bend, twist, distort. 26:1619). (cp Nu 21:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, cp Jesus' teaching Jn 3:14, 15 , 2Co 5:21, cp destruction of the idol Israel had made from the bronze serpent 2Ki 18:4). (Ibid), We make calls out of our own spiritual consecration, but when we get right with God He brushes all these aside, and rivets us with a pain that is terrific to one thing we never dreamed of, and for one radiant flashing moment we see what He is after, and we say - "Here am I, send me." It becomes clear that the nation has hardened itself so that they have passed the point of repentance and response to God. For this, the northern neighbors threatened to dethrone him, and war resulted (734 B.C.). Isaiah gave his life in service to God. Caution is also advisable when one attempts to associate theological significance to the number three (eg, E W Bullinger says that "three denotes divine perfection" but again a "Berean-like" [Acts 17:11] mindset is advisable when evaluating such comments. In Jerusalem? He saw that he was a sinful man in a sinful community. The God of grace and mercy is also a God of judgment. How to Go from Fearful to Forgiven John MacArthur. Make sure this day includes some time alone with the Lord to thank Him for His holiness, and consider what it means to be holy the way He is holy. (See context inIsaiah). And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men." Israel was not done being disobedient when the returned from the Babylonian captivity, and God was not done bringing His judgment on a disobedient Israel. 2Above him stood the seraphim. (Ibid), Constable notes that "Many preachers of this passage have pointed out that the order of events is very significant. Apart from the grace and mercy of God, we would all cry "Woe is me" and it behooves each of us to continually keep this attitude so that we might remain humble and yielded to our great and awesome God (cf Dt 7:21, Neh 1:5, 4:14, Ps 99:3-note, Da 9:4-note). For example in Ex 21:4 (Ge 24:9, 10), adon is used of the slave owner who was the master of the slave. If conscious ignorance shrinks from great learning, poverty from great wealth, obscurity from high rank, human guilt from human purity, well may the consciously sinful soul of man shrink from the near presence of the thrice-holy God. 17:6, 24). His writing style has no rival in its versatility of expression, brilliance of imagery, and richness of vocabulary. For example, at the completion of Solomons Temple (note) in Jerusalem, It happened that when the priests came from the holy place, the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. He doesn't permit it. When he saw what Jesus did in supplying such a huge haul of fish, he recognized Jesus as the Messiah. (Scofield Reference Bible), Robert Lightner comments on Adon/Adonai noting that. (The Commission of Isaiah - Emmaus Journal V4:1, Summer, 95). Titus And so the lips of this man Isaiah are cleansed. To see God is to see ourselves as we really are. (1-3) The glorious light of God's Kingdom. Grogan notes that Kabod "is used of God in his manifestation to his creatures. Glory(03519)kabod means literally to be heavy or weighty (only rarely used literally), the figurative use ("heavy with sin") being more common. All corrupt, my heart within me, wretched, wicked through and through! This is the only way He can be approached. So in 701 B.C. (Mt 13:10-17). In Old Testament times, slaves were the absolute possession of their master and had no rights of their own. That is what John is talking about in the first chapter of his first epistle: "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth [keeps on cleansing] us from all sin" (1Jn 1:7). (quoting Arnold Fruchtenbaum's "The Footsteps of Messiah") the Shechinah Glory is the visible manifestation of the presence of God. The immutable principle is that persistent unbelief will eventually produce a hardened heart that becomes progressively more impenetrable over time! The third presidential term of Franklin D. Roosevelt began on January 20, 1941, when he was once again inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States, and the fourth term of his presidency ended with his death on April 12, 1945. In Jn 8:58 He declared that He was "I Am", the name ascribed to God in Ex 3:14+. Perhaps we could expand our paraphrase: "Otherwise they mightrepent, and be restored, and they certainly wouldn't want that, would they? 15:19). Copyright 2007, Grace to You. Ryrie -After the 70 years in Babylon, a tenth would return. Nashville: Thomas Nelson). Yet Isaiah saw the Lord and many others in the Bible are said to have seen God. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series (Lk 5:1). (Note: Heber wrote this hymn for Trinity Sunday while he was Vicar of Hodnet, Shropshire, England), Isaiah 6:4 AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE THRESHOLDS TREMBLED AT THE VOICE OF HIM WHO CALLED OUT, WHILE THE TEMPLE WAS FILLING WITH SMOKE. Yet Isaiahs eager response, Here I am! (Isaiah 6:8) reveals how he was actively ready to respond to God. Prophets Only John reports the early Judean ministry of that year ( John 1:19 - 4:42 ). This message is also a message that grace really is grace. When Moses called God Adonai, he acknowledged that it was not his place as the slave to choose his work; he had to heed his Masters directives. 32:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) and so he desires to know how long until the end of the divine judgment? Therefore, Isaiah's preaching was not needed to prevent repentance! Given a choice, you certainly wouldnt repeat it. 1 John 20; Is. With twain they were flying, or hovering. Filling with smoke - Given that there is an altar, that could be the source of the smoke. HALLELUJAH! When I walk by your side 10:4); or it may be 2) an indication of the sanctuary scene with the smoke rising from the altar of incense; or 3) the smoke may be an indication of the wrath of Yahweh (cf. Does the Lord really want to prevent his people from understanding, repenting, and being healed? (See context in The Wiersbe Bible Commentary: Old Testament). "He that is, was, and is to be," always the same (see notes Hebrews 13:8 ; Revelation 1:4; Revelation 1:8; compare Ex 3:14, 15; 6:3). Today, we want to step back and take in the incredible scene the prophet describes. One purpose of Isaiah's vision was to commission him for service (Isa 6:8-13). Holy (06918) (qadosh) means consecrated, set apart (as dedicated to God), and designates that which is opposite of the common or profane. When Paul said this, he was not a lost sinner but a saint of God, learning the lesson from God that he needed to walk in the Spirit because he could not live for God by himself. 1 Thessalonians (Listen free online - Isaiah 6:6-8.mp3)(See context in Thru the Bible), Paul reminded his young disciple Timothy of the importance of the principle of Biblically based "separation" (not exclusiveness or becoming part of an "elite") from potentially corrupting influences, if we would be used by God, Therefore (based on the preceding truth), if a man cleanses himself from these things, (Ed: Some interpret this as "these people") he will be a vessel for honor (precious, valuable), sanctified (set apart from the common and profane uses and readied for holy, consecrated uses), useful to the Master, prepared for every good (God - Jn 15:5 type) work. It was Jesus Who Moses experienced in the burning bush. Could the Lord Who is not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2Pe 3:9-note) keep men and women from salvation by preventing them from understanding the message of the Gospel?, It is a people immersed in sin. Is there not a principle here for believers today? . Latrell Mitchell 2. On the surface it seems to indicate Isaiah's hardening ministry will prevent genuine repentance. Over and over, we see people driven to the Lord in their helpless need. Pentateuch IVP Commentary - The size of the catch tells Simon and his companions that this event has been no accident. John MacArthur is pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California and president of The Master's College and Seminary. God is as adon is described as "majestic" (Ps 8:1, 9), as "Lord of the whole earth" (Ps 97:5), as the Lord "above all gods" (Ps 135:5) because He is the sovereign Lord of the universe. Historical Books Peter could not stand the contrast between the purity and power of Christ and his own sinfulness. He essentially offered himself as a blank check, to be filled in as God saw fit With Isaiah we see a three-step process: first, acute realization of ones own sinfulness in the light of Gods holiness; second, hearing the gospel that ones sins are forgiven; and finally the response of gratitude, love, and surrender leading to actionFor many of us, such realizations may come in stages as we gradually grow in the Christian life. What overwhelmed him with this keen sense of his vileness? But it is never meant to be a message of despair to any lost sinner who desires salvation and would like to come to the Savior. In the setting of death, God prophesies there will be life. Isaiah 6:12 THE LORD HAS REMOVED MEN FAR AWAY, AND THE FORSAKEN PLACES ARE MANY IN THE MIDST OF THE LAND: The LORD has removed men far away - This phrase is still part of the answer to Isaiah's question "How long? Because Christian leaders and day-to-day believers have given Roma Downey a get-out-of-the-new-age free pass, Lighthouse Trails is releasing a second Roma Downey booklet today. Double for all her sins.". But whether suddenly or slowly, we should aim to increase our awareness of Gods holiness and our sinfulness, coupled with an ever-deepening understanding of the meaning and application of the gospel. Simon Peter, James and John learn that God will take the faith of humble fishermen and ask them to join him in catching other people for God. though the darkness hide Thee, The voice of the Lord - Isaiah opens this chapter by seeing Adonai from a distance but after confession and cleansing he is now able to hear Adonai. (The Commission of Isaiah - Emmaus Journal V4:1, Summer, 95), Motyer observes that "The two verbs, has touched and is taken away, are co-ordinate perfects, stressing that as soon as the one happened the other happened also. Not just to terminate a thing but carry out to full, to carry through completely.) GOD is honored when His truth is preached, no matter what attitude the hearers take toward it, and that Word will not return void, but will accomplish the divine purpose (Is 55:11). It is obvious that the phrase to see God is used in two different senses. The day of grace will end and there will be no more opportunity for salvation for those who have rejected the Lord Jesus. Isaiah, the son of Amoz, ministered in and around Jerusalem as a prophet to Judah during the reigns of 4 kings of Judah: Uzziah (called Azariah in 2 Kings), Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (1:1), from ca. (The Commission of Isaiah - Emmaus Journal V4:1, Summer, 95)(Bolding added). The Gospels 15:37). ), Wiersbe -He did not discuss his call with the Lord, as did Moses (Ex 3:11-4:15) and Jeremiah (Jer 1:4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), but accepted the appointment and made himself available to his Master. It can also be represented as a consuming fire (Ex 24:17). Series: The Gospel According to God. For I am undone." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish; and their nets began to break; and they signaled to their partners in the other boat, for them to come and help them. Current Bid: USD 4.99 Bid Online More Books from auctioneer: Spiritual Housecleaning : Protect Your Home and Family from Spiritual Pollution, 0 bids . (Source: The Ryrie Study Bible: New American Standard Translation: 1995. Moses feels his weakness and incompetence, and Moses said unto the LORD [Jehovah], O my Lord [Adonai], I am not eloquent, etc. The servant of GOD is responsible to the Lord Himself. 40:30; Ezek. D. Bock - What Peter does not realize is that admitting ones inability and sin is the best prerequisite for service, since then one can depend on God. Luke-Acts (See context inThe MacArthur Bible Commentary), Gary Smith has a good summation of the principle of judicial hardening explaining that, The doctrine of hardening people's hearts is a controversial perspective that initially seems almost inappropriate for a preacher or for God. All high and lofty views of its own false glory annihilated by clear and close views of the true glory of Jesus. 46:10). 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So why in todays reading does Gods angel touch a burning coal to Isaiahs lips? This generation is being confirmed in its rebellion and will not be given another chance. Ask Pastor John. The glory of Israel in the Kingdom of God. Certainly Scripture associates Gods forgiving love with delight, but lets back up a bit and remember the big picture. He touched my mouth with it - Isaiah's mouth was cleansed but represented cleansing of his entire person. MacArthur New Testament Commentary Ser. (Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. 3 John For example, nothing in Isaiah reveals the extended period separating the two comings of the Messiah. (This ironic command is comparable to saying to a particularly recalcitrant individual, "Go ahead, be stubborn!"). 1:13). For my eyes have seen the King - God was always to be the true King of the Jews. The Whole Bible For unto us a child is born This is a reason of all that is said in the context; of the great light that shone upon and was seen by those that sat in darkness, and in the land of the shadow of death; of the great joy among the people; of the breaking off of the yoke, rod, and staff of the oppressor; and of the burning of garments rolled in blood, so putting an end to war, and . There will come a day when He will come and deal out. Peace for Ukraine; Amir Tsarfati; Andrew Wommack; Daily Devotional; Bill Johnson You can never come into the presence of the Father because of who you are. Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:6 may be the most familiar Old Testament prophecy about the birth of Christ. The NET note however feels that "The plural pronoun ("us") refers to the Lord, the seraphs, and the rest of the heavenly assembly. Peter also felt overwhelmed and sinful in God's presence after Jesus performed a miracle one day in Galilee (Lk 5:8). The vision Isaiah saw would bring the busiest "drive-through worshiper" screeching to a halt. 6:16). Alex Johnston 3. Their mouths were not filled with seraphic worship but with flippant repetitions and self-justifying excuses. Even today while Israel as a nation is blinded (2 Cor. How instructive is each particular of His beatific vision! Those from among you. Unfortunately, as Dr. Tony Evans points out, this "hurry up and get it" mentality has invaded the church. They are not "originally mythically conceived with serpents' bodies" as one popular Hebrew lexicon suggests, for they clearly are described with feet, face and wings (no hands described). 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As Adam and Eve hid themselves when they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden; (Ge 3:8, 9, 10) so do we shrink from the felt presence of the Lord in view of our own unworthiness and guilt. ", Oswald Chambers -God did not address the call to Isaiah; Isaiah overheard God saying, "Who will go for us?" That fits His role as Judge (see Jn 5:22, 23, 27, 30; 9:39)." Motyer adds that:As we speak of a sum of money as sufficient to cover a debt, so kipper/koper is the payment of whatever divine justice sees as sufficient to cover the sinners debt, the death of the substitute sacrifice on the altar. Isaiah is quoted directly in the NT over 65 times, far more than any other OT prophet, and mentioned by name over 20 times. Through-out the Bible, whenever an supernatural being appeared to someone, that person was overcome with fear and amazement. After Paul met the Lord, he no longer saw himself as a self-righteous Pharisee, but as a lost sinner in need of salvation. How different from some Christians who rush out to serve Christ before taking time to meet the Lord and be cleansed. There is no record in Scripture of angels singing. Unclean (02931)(tame) means defiled, rendered foul or dirty, soiled, sullied, impure, polluted. Ahaz was 25 when he began to reign in Judah and he reigned until age 41 (2 Chr. In about 745BC, five years prior to Uzziah's death, Assyria began to emerge as a new international power under Tiglath-Pileser (745-727BC) while Jotham was king (2Ki 15:19). Isaiah 53:4-6. John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master's University and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Deuteronomy when the Assyrians devastated the land (a situation presupposed by Isa 1:2-20; see especially Isa 6:4-9). We see a similar "judicial hardening" of men in the last days (during Daniel's Seventieth Week = the Tribulation), Paul describing the time when, that lawless one (Antichrist) will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming (Second Coming of Messiah), that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because (Here is the root cause of why God "hardens" hearts - His judicial hardening) they did not receive the love of the truth (They made a volitional choice to reject the only Truth that gives life Jn 14:6 and sets free Jn 8:31, 32) so as to be saved. Strange that inanimate pillars should thus be moved while the hearts of men remained obdurate and motionless! In Ge 42:33 Joseph is referred to as "the lord (adon) of the land (of Egypt)", which signifies that Joseph had great authority and was sovereign over Egypt, not in himself, but because he was acting in the place of the king. Minor Prophets Unto Us A Child Is Born - Isaiah 9:6 Caused By The Lord Child Born Everlasting Father Government On His Shoulders Mighty God No End Prince Of Peace Son Given Wonderful Counselor Comments: Hezekiah: Some commentators look at Hezekiah as the fulfilment of this prophecy. Mark J. Alec Motyer observes that "Isa 6:9 speaks of both the outer faculties (hearing, seeing) and the inner ones (understanding/discerning, perceiving/knowing). so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth (He reiterates that this is not God's desire but is their choice), but took pleasure in wickedness (How they behave shows what they really believe). Oh, it was the unclouded view he had of the essential glory of the Son of God! The voice of the seraphim was so powerful that the sound waves caused the temple foundation to sway back and forth, even as mountains tremble when Jehovah appears (Ex 19:18, Jdg 5:4). The holiness of God involving His inner essence is largely hidden, but His glory is manifest, being declared by the whole creation. 4:19). Major Prophets ", Isaiah might as well command them to be spiritually insensitive, because, as the preceding (Isaiah 1-5) and following chapters (Isaiah 7-12) make clear, the people are bent on that anyway. and continued for 29 years to ca. Isaiah saw himself Judges Isaiah sadly unlike the disciples did not receive a promise of procuring men but rather a promise of reproving men because of their rejection of Truth. In contrast, slaves had no other option but to obey their master (see, for example, Ge 24:112). He cried out that he was ruined or undone. (John 8:56 is a little different; Abraham had a vision of the day of Jesus in the future, i.e., in the time of the coming kingdom of God, see Comment). Consequently "God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to a depraved mind" (Ro 1:24-note, Ro 1:28-note). Adonai is the exalted, majestic sovereign, the One Who has the right to call Isaiah into ministry so that His sovereign rights as Master and Owner over Israel might be proclaimed (Isa 1:3 "an ox knows its owner"). In the year of King Uzziahs death mine eyes have seen the king. (See context inThe Book of Isaiah, Chapters 139), Warren Wiersbe has an interesting thought on the significance of Isaiah 6, Anyone reading Isaiahs first two messages (Isaiah 1-5) might be inclined to ask, What right does this man have to pronounce judgment on the leaders of our land and the many worshipers in the temple? The answer is in this chapter: Isaiahs account of his call to ministry. The Son is the King Jehovah Who rules in the Old Testament and appears to the elect, as in the New Testament the Spirit, the invisible Minister of the Son, is the Director of the Church and the Revealer in the sanctuary of the heart [Olshausen]. Reformation was a priority when he became king (2 Kin. 37:38). As in Isaiah 6:9 the imperatival forms should be taken as rhetorical and as anticipating the people's response. For the first time, he sees that he's typical of his generation, whose faith was unthinking and glib. For us (cf Ge 1:26, Ge 3:22, Ge 11:7) - First we observe the singular pronoun "I", followed by the plural pronoun "us" which is at least suggestive/supportive of the doctrine of the Trinity (tri-unity) of God. They saw the King in His beauty, and covered themselves. They want to drive up to church, grab an hour of worship, and drive off--what Dr. Evans calls "drive-through worship." All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea; Ezekiel David prayed for this end (and so should we considering that it is a prayer for the Lord's return and the real peace of Jerusalem! J Vernon McGee explains that "It is interesting that up to this time Isaiah had never heard the call of God. Genesis Acts The thought of Isa 6:9, 10 is complex and must be viewed from different aspects. How diligently the cavalry officer keeps his saber clean and sharp; every stain he rubs off with the greatest care. A new visitors' center brings the mountain up close, satisfying the curiosity of many who want a firsthand look inside the famous mountain. God's promises (whether to do good and bad [judgment]) are so certain that Scripture frequently speaks of them as already accomplished. 16:7) and the Assyrian king gladly responded, sacking Gaza, carrying all of Galilee and Gilead into captivity, and finally capturing Damascus (732 B.C.). Even with our best intentions and desires, our worship of God is imperfect. This Grace to You article originally appeared here. But having your act together runs contrary to Scripture. April 10, 2013. Poetical Books GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point

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