Isaiah 6:1-13 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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Isaiah's Commission
Comments for Study 4

Isaiah 6:1-13
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I. The Lord's Throne (1-4)

Isaiah

* See the drawing "The Prophet Isaiah" by Dore to the right. (from creationism.org)

>1. When did the events in this chapter take place?

* "In the year King Uzziah died"

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>What can be known about this time? (2 Chron. 26:1-5, 16-18, 27:1-6)

* 2 Chronicles 26:1-5 "Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. He was the one who rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his fathers. Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother's name was Jecoliah; she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success."

* 2 Chronicles 26:16-18 "But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. They confronted him and said, "It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God."

* 2 Chronicles 27:1-6 "Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. His mother's name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the LORD. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the LORD and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel. He built towns in the Judean hills and forts and towers in the wooded areas. Jotham made war on the king of the Ammonites and conquered them. That year the Ammonites paid him a hundred talents of silver, ten thousand cors of wheat and ten thousand cors of barley. The Ammonites brought him the same amount also in the second and third years. Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God."

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>2. Where was Isaiah at the time he saw this vision? (1-2)

* Isaiah 6:1-2 "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying."

* "I saw the Lord seated on a throne"

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>What part of this vision reveals God's holiness? (3-4)

* Isaiah 6:3-4 "And they were calling to one another: 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.' At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke."

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>What part reveals God's sovereignty over all the earth?

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>What else does this vision teach about God?

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II. Send Me (5-8)

>3. Why was Isaiah so overcome?

* Isaiah 6:5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty."

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>What did he discover about his society and about himself?

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>What did he realize about God?

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>4. How did God solve Isaiah's guilt problem?

* Isaiah 6:6-7 "Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for."

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>His sin problem?

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>What do you learn here about God, man, and sin?

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>5. Why might the Lord ask such questions and what do they teach about him?

* Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

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>How did Isaiah respond to God's call?

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>How did his vision of God prepare him to respond to God's call?

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III. Go! (9-13)

>6. What were God's instructions to Isaiah?

* Isaiah 6:9-10 "He said, "Go and tell this people: "'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.' Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."

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>Why would his mission be difficult?

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>Can you find any relation to the condition of society and the people's hardness?

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>How can God's love also have a hardening effect?

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>7. Why might Isaiah ask, "For how long, O Lord"?

* "For how long, O Lord?"

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>8. What was the Lord's answer? (11b-12)

* Isaiah 6:11b-12 "And he answered: "Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken."

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>Will it happen more than once? (13a)

* Isaiah 6:13 "And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste."

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>9. What message of hope is given? (13b)

* Isaiah 6:13b "But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land."

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