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Isaiah's Vision of God's Glory

Isaiah's Vision of God's Glory

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ISAIAH, vi. 5 -8.


ISAIAH, vi. 5 -8.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 25, 2013
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ISAIAH'S VISIO OF GOD'S GLORYBy THOMAS SCOTTISAIAH, vi. 5 -8.Then said I, woe is me ! for I am undone : becauseI am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among apeople of unclean lips : for mine eyes have seenthe King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the Seraphim unto me, having a live coal in Lishandy which he had taken with the tongs jrom off the altar ; and he laid it upon my mouth, andsaid, Lo this hath touched thy lips, and thineiniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. AlsoI heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shallI send, and who will go for us ? Then said 7,here am I, send me.WHE Isaiah had already been employed aa considerable time in the prophetical office, liewas greatly disconcerted by a remarkable vision,which he records in the chapter before us. Weought not to imagine that things outwardly exist,as they appeared to the minds of the prophets,when their senses were closed during the visions of 48 SERMO III.the Almighty ; but that they were impressed withsuch representations, as were suitable to conveythe intended instruction. The scene of theseemblematick discoveries was laid at the temple;every intervening veil was apparently removed;the most holy place was made manifest; and JE-
HOVAH was seen in glory above the mercy-seat, ason " a throne high and lifted up, and his train,'*(or the skirts of his robes) " filled the temple."This description evidently leads the mind to theidea of one in human form; and St. John instructsus, that the prophet at this time saw " the glory" of Christ and spake of him 1 ." For indeed theglory of God is especially made known, not onlyto the church on earth, but also to the hosts inheaven, by the person and redemption of Emma-nuel 2 .Above the other worshippers, and nearest to thethrone, stood the Seraphim, the most exalted of the angelick host, who glow with love and zeallike a flame of fire 3 . These, in other respects ap-pearing in human form, had each six wings;" with two of which they covered their faces," intoken of the profound reverence with which theycontemplated the majesty of the Lord, beforewhose uncreated glories their derived excellencieswere eclipsed, and disappeared : with two of themthey covered their feet, as conscious that their1 John xii, 41, * 2 Cor. iv, 6. Eph. iii, 10. 1 Pet. i, 12.3 Ps. civ, 4.SERMO III. 49.services, though perfectly undefiled with sin, werenot worthy to be noticed by the infinite andeternal God : and with their other two wings theydid fly ; an emblem of the celerity, alacrity, anddelight, with which they execute the mandates of their Creator. At the same time they sang aloudin responsive strains, " Holy, holy, holy is the" Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his" glory." Entirely filled with admiration of the
divine majesty and holiness; they had no leisureto reflect with complacency on their own endow-ments, or to panegyrize one another. Such em-ployments they leave to us poor sinful mortals,who, amidst the obscurity of our fallen state, unac-customed to contemplate any thing more splendidthan the accomplishments of our fellow-sinners, areapt to shine in our own eyes, or in those of eachother, like glow worms during the darkness of thenight. But these bright seraphs, satisfied withthe love of God, desire no other commendation ;and are wholly taken up in adoring the gloriousholiness of JEHOVAH.The threefold ascription of holiness to the Lordof hosts, has generally been considered as an inti-mation of a Trinity of persons in the Godhead,and a reference to the glory of the Father, the Son,and the holy Ghost, displayed in the salvation of sinners 1 . While this song of praise was re-echoed4 .Matt, xxviii, 18 20. Rev. i\ , 8.56 SERMO JII.by the seraphim, the pillars shook at every re-sponse ; and smoke, or darkness, filled the wholetemple, as when it was first dedicated by Solomon.The effect which this awful scene had upon themind of the prophet, is described in the words of the text, and the interesting passage may sug-gest the following subjects for our considerationI. The causes of the prophet's distress andalarm.II. The peculiar nature and tendency of it.

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