],” that is, of Christ. "Lay hands upon no man rashly," but with deliberation. Isaiah in the former part, relates what he had seen and heard in a special relation to himself, and the Church, to whom he ministered: but here he relates what he was witness to, in relation to a higher mission than that of any among the sons of men. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. In 1 Samuel 19:13, 1 Samuel 19:16, the plural form is applied to a “household god,” or an image; and the plural form is applied to God in Job 30:25, ‹my Makers‘ (Hebrew); Ecclesiastes 12:1, ‹thy Creators‘ (Heb,); Psalm 121:5, ‹Yahweh is thy keepers‘ (Hebrew); see also Isaiah 54:5; Isaiah 22:2; Isaiah 43:5; Isaiah 62:5. On this point, see Dr. John Pye Smith‘s “Scripture testimony to the Messiah.” It is further remarkable, that these plural appellatives are, for the most part combined with verbs and adjectives in the singular number; as, ‹Gods (he) created,‘ Genesis 1:1; and with plural adjuncts but rarely. It was sufficient for this holy man that he should be employed in doing the will of God; and he was willing to devote to that service all his faculties and all his powers [Note: Here, if the subject of Missions be treated of, it would be proper to shew, that every Candidate for the office of such a Ministry ought to possess the very disposition which was here evinced.] It has long puzzled interpreters that the apparent call of Isaiah is not recounted until chapter 6. God elects to send men to their fellow-men. Then I said, "Here am I! It was so with Isaiah. Dr. Waugh took for his text that beautiful verse in Isaiah, “It shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” In the first part of his subject he spoke of the perishing condition of the man who was ignorant of the Gospel, and he said, “It is a fact, there are four hundred millions of our fellow creatures in this deplorable condition, without God, and without hope.” After he had dwelt on this, he spoke of the infinite wisdom and goodness of God, which had provided a remedy for perishing sinners. The prophet placed at God's disposal, not some of his property merely, but himself. Commissioned Contributed by Chris Swanson on Apr 10, 2020 | 940 views. ), When the Moravian Brethren in Germany were carrying on their great mission work in heathen lands, Zinzendorf, their distinguished leader, sent one day for one of the ministers, and said to him, “Will you go to Greenland tomorrow as a missionary?” The minister, after a moment’s hesitation, said, “Yes, if the shoemaker can finish the boots which I have ordered of him by tomorrow, I will go.” (H. Macmillan, LL. Through the deep waters of conviction and spiritual cleansing he needed to go before he was ready to stand before a sinful world as the representative of God. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. The nature of the work may be inferred from the condition of the people. Nor is it a mean throne either, nor one of little dignity; it is “high and lifted up.” It is not merely above all other thrones by way of greater power, but over them all by way of supreme dominion over them. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Now comes the last point, THE EARNEST RESPONSE. (C. H. ), Some professors appear to belong to God by copyhold. These words are Isaiah’s response to his Divine call to the prophetic office. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Isaiah’s Dialogue With God, 6:8-13. Now, if you are called of God either to preach or teach, or whatever it is, remember the things you have to preach or teach will not be agreeable to your hearers. The love that we bear the dear Redeemer compels us to see the Divine in mankind. Isaiah 6:8. Hence arises a proof of the plurality of persons. Might send seraphim and the angel host. The points to which I shall call your attention, are, [In the first instance, the proposal referred solely to a mission which God intended to send to his people. By self-prostration of spirit, a conviction of utter sinfulness (Isa ). He commanded Jonah to go to Nineveh with every consideration for Jonah’s fitness, and no consideration for Jonah’s tastes. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! (1-2) What Isaiah saw. Yet even the sense of sin might paralyse being alone. II. And he preached on all these matters as no angel in all heaven could have preached, he preached as only a leper could preach to his brother lepers, and as only one undone man could preach to other undone men. He did not say, “Here am I use me where I am,” but “send me.” Where to? ]; the improbability of succeeding in his attempt [Note: Exodus 4:1. This man Isaiah was to go forth in Jehovah’s name, but in order to preparation for so high an embassage he must undergo a process peculiar but necessary. III. Sessions.). 2. Who will go for Us?” The person wanted is viewed from two points. It was because he was called to deliver an incredible message about blinding the Jews. Commentary on Isaiah 8:1-8 (Read Isaiah 8:1-8) The prophet is to write on a large roll, or on a metal tablet, words which meant, "Make speed to spoil, hasten to the prey:" pointing out that the Assyrian army should come with speed, and make great spoil. The seraphim cried, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy!’ Isaiah was overwhelmed. Notice the willingness with which the prophet offered himself. It may be proper, in conclusion, to reply to a question which will probably be asked, How shall I know whether any particular call to any special service is really from the Lord? II. Who would risk his life? And I said, 'Here am I. But the existence of this pluralis majestaticus has never been proved. I hope that you are God’s portion upon an absolute freehold. Let us now turn our thoughts to THE VISION OF ORDINATION. ), Every church member should be a missionary, In looking over a certificate of membership which I had received from a church in New York, concerning one of its members who was a sailor, I was pleased to observe that at the back of the certificate there were directions given to the member; and the first one was this, “You are to remember that as a member of this church going upon a voyage, you are sent by us as missionary. How instructive is each particular of His beatific vision! And if this be the case, it is Jesus, and not Isaiah who gives the answer, here am I, send me, see Psalms 40:7. He was prepared by a sense of pardoning love. Bold. Chs. True service is not incompatible with sorrow (Isa ). Seraphs, not sinners, should surely be the preachers of such holiness as that of the God of Israel, and the heralds of such a Saviour--that is what we would have expected. THE WORK WHICH SUCH PERSONS WILL BE CALLED TO UNDERTAKE. If God has given you aptitude in dealing with the experiences of men, go into the homes of the poor and destitute, ministering consolation to their sorrows. who it is certain were concerned in this mission; for the ; just as, from their very nature as “sons of God” ( b'neÌ HaÌ - elohim ), they made one family with God their Creator (vid., Ephesians 3:15), all linked so closely together that they themselves could be called Elohim, like God their Creator, just as in 1 Corinthians 12:12 the church of believers is called Christos, like Christ its head. 4. Touched with the heavenly fire he now faces with bold joy the divine Presence, and announces himself ready for any message. Isaiah 8:15 Many will stumble over them. (Comp. It is one of the premier salvation passages in the Old Testament. such a message: and who will go for us? Nor must we forget our tender Redeemer. Why does He not compel servants to enter upon this mission, as He imposed on Moses the task of leading the people of Israel out of the land of bondage? 2. The Prophet now begins to discourse about the design of this vision, why God appeared to him with such glorious majesty, in order to ordain him anew as a prophet. ), Dr. Howard Crosby used to say, “When will New York city be evangelised? ), General Booth once wanted fourteen recruits for India. To hard and wilful sinners the preaching of the ‘good tidings’ is only a preaching of judgment. This is also a prime condition of fitness for service. Third, God said "go" (, "who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord? He knew it all, but he stepped forward in the simplicity of a perfect faith, and said, “Here am I send me.” You will perceive in the foregoing verse an account of his preparation for receiving this call. (S. Cox, D. D.), Though at times he had to rebuke princes and to pronounce the doom of nations, yet it was his whole life that he dedicated to God, with all its petty details of daily conduct. How had he the courage to step forward and volunteer? Knill. True service is not incompatible with failure. If God has given you influence with men, go to the drunkard and the fallen and seek to reclaim them from the depths of degradation in which they are sunk. You will depend on your Lord and Saviour for “grace sufficient for you [Note: 2 Corinthians 12:9. The first query implies that whoever goes should first receive his commission from Jehovah; he should be sent, and not go before he is sent. So young Isaiah realised in days much darker and more ominous than these. said I. Let us look, then, at this two-sided person. but to the Son and Spirit, Here am I send me.] When a man is prepared for sacred work he is not long before he receives a commission. THE PERSON OFFERING HIMSELF. For us, God's business is with human lives, human souls. Hence we see that the amazement of which we have formerly spoken did not spring from rebellion, in wishing to flee from God, or to refuse the charge which had been laid upon him; but because he needed new grace, that he might know that he would be able to endure the burden. Isaiah 6 – Isaiah’s Conviction, Cleansing and Call A. It was to commission him to exhibit truth that would be extremely unpleasant to the nation, and that would have the certain effect of hardening their hearts. ), Men must see before they can say. 1. go, v. 9, BDB 229, KB 246, Qal imperative 2. tell, v. 9, BDB 55, KB 65, Qal perfect (C. He speaks of Judeans as rebellious children (1:2) and "people loaded with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! God wants a person. The call is heard individually. It is not, “Here am I away I will go,” but “Here am I send me.” Some people get into their head a notion that they must do something uncommon and extraordinary, and though it may be most irrational, it is for that very reason that the scheme commends itself to their want of judgment. ]” — — —], 2. — — —. Now, this remarkable instance of obedience ought to produce such an effect on our minds that we shall readily and cheerfully undertake any task which he may be pleased to enjoin, and shall never refuse any task, however difficult we may imagine it to be. for I am undone!” The Lord likes to hear that. It sprang from a heart cleansed of conscious guilt and consciously fitted to do God’s will. Why was Isaiah, the son of Amoz, a man of unclean lips, and a man woeful and undone, so accepted, and so sent? It was a volunteer’s response to a general summons or invitation. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. fit to go on such an errand: this is spoken after the manner of God's call should meet with a ready response. 7:3; 38:1; 39:3). And who will go for us? We’re gathered, we’re healed, we’re sent. It only hints at plurality within the Godhead, but the New Testament makes that plurality clear (cf. And, in this view, it may justly be applied to any call which may be given to undertake the ministry of the Gospel, either in our own country or in foreign parts [Note: Here somewhat of a parallel may be drawn between that particular occasion and any other which presents itself for more especial consideration. (Comp. He was nurtured in the soft and sumptuous luxuriance of palaces. Answer: Isaiah 6 describes how the prophet Isaiah, through a vision from the Lord, begins his ministry for God. Instantly the Divine judgment smote him with leprosy, and he passed from the throne of royalty to die in a lazar-house. 8. Who will endure to fail; to be simply a witness; to speak without convincing; to sow without a harvest? Now, I conceive that you will find that whenever a thing is wise in God’s sight it is really wise, and that a thing which is absurd is not more likely to be adopted by God than by man; for though the Lord does use plans which are called foolish, they are only foolish to fools, but not actually foolish. See more ideas about isaiah 6, isaiah, seraph angel. Sent by the Three-One. But what were all these objections? More abundant communications of the Spirit—, [Whatever measures of grace were imparted to some highly-favoured individuals under the Law, as to David, Isaiah, Daniel, and others, the effusions of the Holy Spirit were very small and partial in comparison of those which are given to the Christian Church: so that none of us need to draw Sack from the greatest work; since the weakest of true Believers may say, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthened me [Note: Philip. ), Bless God for any ecstasy that leads to self-immolation. Scripture Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" How does He in an especial manner fit men for His highest service? THE DIVINE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROPHET’S OFFER. I. Commentary, Isaiah 6:1-8, John C. Holbert, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2009. and spake of him, ( John 12:41 ) and they Such great movements as the anti-slavery crusade are full of instances. Many do fail through incompetency, but not all. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: — And this is the man who a few minutes ago was agonized with fear for his life because in his impurity he had seen God. Only once did God choose a completely sinless preacher. Here, if I mistake not, the subject takes a different turn. Here am I. 4 , 6 ) and “God’s holy mountain” as a house of prayer (v. After speaking on this for some time he stopped, and looking around on the congregation, he said, “This trump cannot blow of itself, we must have men to blow it,--pardoned sinners--redeemed men--those who have tasted the love of Christ, and who feel for their fellow creatures--those who know what a precious Saviour Christ is, from sweet experience. Kimchi; as if he consulted with them: for who of all the The mystery of the Trinity is well observed by some in the following words, as by others this, that ministers serve not men, but the only true God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Say, then, whether we be not bound to imitate the prophet, in his surrender of himself to God? That this is not the case, implies the existence of some very cogent reason, and cannot be regarded as the result, merely, of accident. 8. In like manner, when he asks whom he shall send, the meaning is, that he needs not an ordinary person, but a teacher of uncommon excellence on a subject of the greatest importance. The constraint of love is the omnipotent motive force. Mr. Cobden called upon me as a friend, and addressed me, as you may suppose, with words of condolence. ];” and his desire that it should be transferred to some one else [Note: Exodus 4:13. Hence the need of deep preparation through heart cleansing and profound spiritual vision. Then said I, Here am I; send me. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. So again at the destruction of Babel, Genesis 11:5-7. --. 4. Heaven opened. Besides, it is a powerful aid to our confidence, when we know that we are not destitute of the necessary gifts, but that God has bestowed them on us, in order that we may be better enabled to discharge our office. The scene of the vision was, the temple, in which Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, was worshipped. — Vitringa. The first query implies that whoever goes should first receive his commission from Jehovah; he should be. Reader, pray consult those sweet scriptures, they will amply reward your attention; and may the almighty Author of them himself explain them! All rights reserved. The voice of the Lord - Hebrew: “The voice of Yahweh.” He had before been addressed by one of the seraphim. Septuagint and Arabic versions, instead of "for us", read "unto So ready a reply shows how great is that cheerfulness which springs from faith; for he who but lately lay like a dead man dreads no difficulty. Isaiah 42:1-8; then Isaiah 50:5-9. An assurance, at the same time, was given him of qualification for his work, and of acceptance in it: and by this he was brought to such a state, that, at the very first proposal from God to send a messenger to his people, he offered himself for the service, willing and desirous to undertake any thing whereby his God might be honoured, and his Saviour glorified. Isaiah 6 is the sixth chapter of the Book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Bible or the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.This book contains the prophecies attributed to the prophet Isaiah, and is a part of the Book of the Prophets. But God’s thoughts in these things are not as our thoughts. "Us" is a plural, and the plural in Hebrew (but in no other Semitic languages) adds intensification (cf. , are the divine queries. IN former ages, God was well pleased to reveal his will to men, sometimes in dreams, and sometimes in visions, and sometimes by an audible voice, like that of a man conversing with his friend: and these methods were more especially vouchsafed when he was about to devolve on them any particular office, or to employ them on any extraordinary service. Isaiah’s history is a picture of what many and many a true Christian labourer may expect. I. In truth, leaving out of view the plural appellatives applied to the Deity, that is, the appellatives in question, and which, therefore, cannot be adduced, there is no evidence whatever of this pretended rule. See the Structure (p. 980). The Septuagint renders it, ‹whom shall I send, and who will go to this people?‘ The Chaldee, ‹whom shall I send to prophesy, and who will go to teach?‘ The Syriac, ‹whom shall I send, and who will go?‘ The Arabic has followed the Septuagint. Whom shall I send, and who will go for us. Isaiah 6:8, ESV: "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and … 6:9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. “What a strange mingling this is!” Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel,” and yet “taking the oversight of the flock of God not by constraint but willingly.”, IV. Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? The conviction of the prophet. We should offer ourselves to God to serve him, [There should be no delay; no looking for a more convenient season. who will reprove kings for My sake? Respecting the vision itself, I forbear to speak. Ewald repudiates it. Jerome, on this place, says that it indicates the ‹sacrament‘ of the Trinity. Genesis 1:26; Genesis 11:7). Then, he makes a full surrender of himself. ), David Brainerd prayed for such a complete absorption in the Divine will that he might become utterly indifferent to every outward circumstance of discomfort and trial, if only he could make known the love of Christ. (A. H. Bradford, D. D.), Speaking at Exeter Hall, in 1886, James Chalmers said, in reference to his New Guinea experiences: “Recall the twenty-one years; give me back all its experiences, give me its shipwrecks, its standings in the face of death; give it me surrounded by savages with spears and clubs; give it me back again with spears flying about me and the club knocking me to the ground; give it me back, and I will still be your missionary.” (Sunday School Chronicle. Notice the particular kind of man for whom this voice is seeking. ‘Make their hearts fat, their ears heavy, and smear their eyes, lest they see, hear, and understand, and turn and be healed.’ This was the very mission to which Jesus and Paul felt themselves called. His penitence and self-abasement were rewarded. voice. Only when a man has been convicted of sin and has understood that the Redeemer has borne the guilt of his sin is he willing and ready joyfully to serve God, to go wherever God may call him." He beheld the glorious attendants who perpetually perform homage, nearest to His throne. Isaiah 6:8. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises and putrifying sores.” All God’s seraphs taken together could not preach like that. But there are exceptions to this rule of selection for work. The commission.—It was an appalling task. It was the symbol of forgiveness and cleansing. But, unfortunately for this theory, there is no evidence whatever that ancient potentates employed this style. A vision of God.—Uzziah the king, after a brilliant reign of fifty years, had just died. If I only could do something that hurts, hurts me, I think I should feel better, to let my love out.” I know what she meant quite well--to let the love out. Who had courage enough to do it? The man who will be acceptable must offer himself cheerfully. ), “Here am I send me.” These few simple words express the crisis, the turning point in the life of Isaiah. In any case Isaiah had a fairly free entry to the King's court in Jerusalem (Is. One of the seraphim took a live coal from the altar and touched the lips that had confessed themselves unclean. Also I heard the voice of the Lord (J. Parker, D. D.), We must become seers before we can become servants. “Well,”--said Mr. Moody, “we don’t want that kind of mountain-top experience. The plural is no doubt used here with reference to the seraphim, who formed, together with the Lord, one deliberative council ( soÌd kedoshim , Psalms 89:8), as in 1 Kings 22:19-22; Daniel 4:14, etc. The court of the great King. Send me!'" One was weak, suffering, dying, though the other did not know it at the time. The youthful Isaiah had seen the regal splendour and then the judgment. God never calls men to a holier and harder task than proclaiming His truth to a sinful world. The voice of the Lord cries loudly in the midst of the Churches of today, inviting voluntary service for difficult work; missionary work abroad and missionary work at home. “I don’t know that I have,” answered the man. The very first condition of whole-hearted service is the conviction that the cause which we serve will ultimately prevail. — God asks this question, not as if he were unresolved whom to send, but that Isaiah might have an opportunity of voluntarily offering his service. 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