Tag: Isaiah 5-8

Overcome by Glory!

Scripture reading for July 18th: Isaiah 5-8

In the presence of the Lord there is an awesome awareness of God’s holiness and of our sinfulness.  It is always by God’s initiative that He reveals Himself to a man or woman.  We can’t command a visitation although we can ask humbly.  Job asked to have an audience with His maker and found himself unable to answer and repented in dust and ashes for words he had said.  (Job 42:2-6)   Isaiah had a visitation and saw the Lord in the year that King Uzziah died.  (about 740 B.C.)

Isaiah beheld the Lord on a throne and his robe filled the temple.  Above and around Him were heavenly beings called seraphs, or “burning ones”.  They had six wings and were calling to each other “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory.”  (Isaiah 6:3)  When they spoke, their voices shook the doorposts and thresholds of the temple and smoke filled the house.  It  was the glory of God Almighty!

Isaiah himself began to cry out in terror of judgment in the presence of this Holy One!  He immediately knew his sin would bring judgment and death.  He also understood the people among whom he lived were in danger of judgment!  Seeing God’s great white throne would spell disaster!  (Revelation 20:11-14)  God heard his confession.  He sent one of the seraph’s with a burning coal from the altar.  The seraph took the coal and applied it to the prophet’s mouth and his sin was taken away.

After cleansing, Isaiah heard the Lord asking a question.  “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for me?” Isaiah quickly responded with “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)  God told Isaiah that He was sending him to a people whose hearts were calloused and ears were dull.  (Isaiah 6:9-10)   Jesus quoted these verses as he spoke to the religious people of His day.  (Matthew 13:13-15)

In summary, the encounter Isaiah had with the Lord brought revelation of God’s glory.  This led to recognition of his sinfulness and confession.  Repentance brought cleansing.   After cleansing he heard God’s call and willingly obeyed!  This is a pattern for all disciples of Jesus Christ!

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A vision of Glory!

Scripture reading for July 17th: Isaiah 5-8

The stories of encounters with the Lord in Scripture have very humbling effects on those so blessed to experience a personal visitation.  It is always by God’s initiative that He reveals Himself to a man or woman.  We can’t command a visitation, although we can ask humbly.  Job asked to have an audience with His maker and found himself unable to answer.  (Job 42:2-6)   Isaiah had a visitation and saw the Lord in the year that King Uzziah died.  (about 740 B.C.)

The first thing Isaiah saw was a vision of the throne room in Heaven.  He saw the Lord on a throne and His robe filling the temple.  Above and around Him were heavenly being called seraphs, or “burning ones”.  They had six wings and used these to fly and cover their faces and feet.  They were calling to each other “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)  When they spoke, their voices shook the doorposts and thresholds of the temple and smoke filled the house.

In the presence of the Lord, Isaiah began to cry out in terror!  He immediately knew his sin would bring judgment and death.  He understood that all people among whom he lived were also sinful and were in danger of judgment!  Seeing God’s great white throne would spell disaster!  (Revelation 20:11-14)  But God saw his heart and  heard his confession.  He sent one of the seraph’s with a burning coal from the altar.  The seraph took the coal and applied it to the prophet’s mouth.

After cleansing, Isaiah heard the Lord ask:  “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for me?” He quickly responded with “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)  God told Isaiah that He was sending him to a people whose hearts were calloused and their ears were dull.  They would become further hardened for ignoring Isaiah’s  preaching!  (Isaiah 6:9-10)   Jesus quoted these same verses as he spoke to the religious people of His day.  (Matthew 13:13-15)

In summary, the encounter Isaiah had with the Lord brought revelation of God’s glory.  This led to recognition of his sinfulness and confession.  Repentance and confession brought cleansing by God’s grace through fire from the altar. After cleansing he heard God’s call and willingly obeyed!  This is a pattern for all disciples of Jesus Christ today!

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Song of the Vineyard

Scripture reading for July 19th: Isaiah 5-8

Isaiah continued calling out the sins of God’s people and telling of the coming judgment.  Prophets must keep an open ear to the Lord and maintain the ability to communicate clearly with His people.  They are not always well-received because of the message that they must give.

Isaiah sings a song to the Israelites to help them hear the message.  Isaiah 5:1-7 is called the song of the vineyard.  In this song, God uses the analogy of planting a vineyard, setting up a watchtower in it, and cutting out a wine press to process the grapes.   He had done all that was necessary to develop a fruitful vineyard but when God looked for fruit, it yielded only bad fruit.  He was furious and decided to take away his care from this choice planting.

“The vineyard of the Lord Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of His delight.  And He looked for justice, but saw only bloodshed;  for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.” (Isaiah 5:7)  Israel was the vineyard in this song.  God was angry with their lack of fruit.  They were not responding to God’s careful cultivation and the watchfulness of the prophets.  They were supposed to produce a crop of justice and righteousness, but all God could find was bloodshed and violence.

The fruit of God’s vine was bad.  Isaiah pronounced “woe” over those who were greedy for land and houses.  God spoke to him of the destruction of the great houses and mansions of those who would be judged.  Those who were drunkards and were self-indulgent would also reap woe.  They forgot God and neglected His work.  “Therefore My people will go into exile for their lack of understanding; their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.” (Isaiah 5:13)

Jesus Christ told His followers that He was the true Vine and they were the branches.  His Father was the gardener and He would cut off any branch that did not bear fruit.  He would prune all fruitful branches to maximize fruitfulness.  (John 15:1-7)  His followers must remain in Him in order to produce fruit.  Jesus probably got this analogy from Isaiah and used it to encourage and warn His followers.  Are you abiding in the True Vine today and is the fruit of your life good and abundant?

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A vision of Glory!

Scripture reading for July 18th: Isaiah 5-8

In the presence of the Lord there is an awesome awareness of God’s holiness and glory and of our sinfulness and need of cleansing.  The stories of encounters with the Lord in Scripture have very humbling effects on those so blessed to experience a personal visitation.  It is always by God’s initiative that He reveals Himself to a man or woman.  We can’t command a visitation although we can ask humbly.  Job asked to have an audience with His maker and found himself unable to answer and repented in dust and ashes for words he had said.  (Job 42:2-6)   Isaiah had a visitation and saw the Lord in the year that King Uzziah died.  (about 740 B.C.)

The first thing Isaiah experienced when he saw the Lord was a vision of the throne room in Heaven.  He noticed the Lord on a throne and his robe filling the temple.  Above and around Him were heavenly being called seraphs, or “burning ones”.  They had six wings and used these to fly and cover their faces and feet.  They were calling to each other “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory.”  (Isaiah 6:3)  When they spoke, their voices shook the doorposts and thresholds of the temple and smoke filled the house.  It wasn’t a fire-like smoke but was the glory of God Almighty!

The next thing that happened was that Isaiah himself began to cry out in terror of judgment in the presence of this Holy One and His burning angels!  He immediately knew his ruin and sin would bring judgment and death.  He understood that all people among whom he lived were also sinful and were in danger of judgment!  Seeing God’s great white throne would spell disaster!  (Revelation 20:11-14)  God saw his heart and repentance and heard his confession.  He sent one of the seraph’s with a burning coal from the altar.  The seraph took the coal and applied it to the prophet’s mouth and told him that his sin was taken away and atoned for.  All sin has a cost and must be paid for.  Death is the payment unless someone dies for us!

After cleansing, Isaiah heard the Lord asking a question.  “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for me?” Isaiah quickly responded with “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)  God told Isaiah that He was sending him to a people whose hearts were calloused and their ears were dull.  They had become hardened and would become harder from not listening to God’s prophet give them God’s Word!  (Isaiah 6:9-10)   Jesus quoted these verses as he spoke to the religious people of His day.  (Matthew 13:13-15)

In summary, the encounter Isaiah had with the Lord brought revelation of God’s glory.  This led to recognition of his sinfulness and confession.  Repentance and confession brought cleansing by God’s grace through fire from the altar. After cleansing he heard God’s call and willingly obeyed!  This is a pattern for all disciples of Jesus Christ!

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