Isaiah 6 Commentary
In the Amplified Bible, chapter 6 is titled “Isaiah’s Vision”. We think the NIV Bible has a more palatable title: Isaiah’s Commission.
If Isaiah’s lone vision makes your head roll, think of the countless visions of John in the Book of Revelation!
But hold it for now and let’s move at the right pace. We met symbols and representations in chapter 1. We easily understood what the LORD God meant when he talked about the rulers of Sodom and the people of Gomorrah.
Chapter 2 talked about the Mountain of the LORD, while chapter 3 talked about the haughty women of Zion. Then came the Branch of the LORD and chapter 5 mentioned the vineyard that produced bad fruit.
Chapter 6 has followed the same pattern. Symbols and figures. This time the prophet used the temple symbolism. Our heads roll whenever we come to chapter 6 because the prophet has used a difficult word to explain another difficult word – like using a riddle to explain a riddle. Like a treasure map that leads you to yet another treasure map; the treasure hunter is never happy.
Regardless, the message from the Throne Room is simple: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty. But Isaiah and his companions are anything but holy. Isaiah knows it. He acknowledges it. He confesses. With this backdrop, the LORD moves mercifully and Isaiah’s sad situation is healed immediately.
Then Isaiah is commissioned to sell this good news to his companions. They too can receive the same healing. Their guilt can be taken away.
It is the same message we saw in chapter 1. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” It was repeated in chapter 2 with the Mountain of the LORD becoming a source of peace for the nations. The bad vineyard and the drunken Jerusalem can be cleansed.
The emphasis on the holiness of the LORD, set against the desperate, drunken, deplorable, and ungodly humanity is stronger in chapter 6. So is the fact that only the LORD can take away the guilt of humanity.
Then the prophet asks the LORD an important question. Is it about the grace period? Probably yes. The saint must understand that every sinner still has a chance of receiving his or her healing. Keep spreading the good news until the LORD blows the final whistle.
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