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Isaiah's Vision

Isaiah's Vision

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY S. R. DRIVER, D.D.


Isaiah vi. 3 : " And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, Holy,
Holy, is the Lord of Hosts : the whole earth is full of his
glory."
BY S. R. DRIVER, D.D.


Isaiah vi. 3 : " And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, Holy,
Holy, is the Lord of Hosts : the whole earth is full of his
glory."

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ISAIAH'S VISIONBY S. R. DRIVER, D.D. Isaiah vi. 3 : " And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts : the whole earth is full of his glory." The chapter from which these words are taken forms the first lesson for this morning's service. It would be difficult to find a more appropriate chapter for the day on which we celebrate the highest mystery of the Cliristian faith than the one in which Isaiah, admitted in spirit behind the veil which severs the visible from the invisible world, describes in dignified and impressive language, the vision pre-sented to his eyes. As in other cases, the framework of the vision is formed by the objects with which the prophet was familiar ; and the vision is itself con-ditioned by his mental power and spiritual capacity. The grandeur and richness of Isaiah's imagination pre-eminently fits him to be the recipient of a vision which transcends those of Amos, Jeremiah, or Ezekiel, and indeed stands unique in the Old Testa-
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^ Preached in the Chapel of New College, Oxford, before the University, on Trinity Sunday, May 31, 1885. ISAIAH'S VISION. 29 ment. The scene, then, which Isaiah beholds, is the heavenly palace of Jehovah's sovereignty, modelled upon, but not a copy of, His earthly Temple at Jerusalem : " I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple." The comparatively small adyton of the Temple on Zion is indefinitely expanded, the lofty throne takes the place of the mercy-seat, the skirts of the royal mantle, falling in ample folds, fill the space about and below the throne, and conceal from the beholder, standing beneath, the unapproachable Form seated upon it. The two colossal cherubim, whose extended wings overshadowed the ark in the Holy of Holies, are absent, and there appears instead a choir of living creatures encircling the throne : " Seraphim stood above him : each one had six wings ; with twain he
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covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.*' The seraphim are not mentioned elsewhere, and the origin and meaning of the name can only be supplied by conjecture. It must suffice to say that they appear here as the most exalted ministers of the Divine Being, in imme-diate proximity to Himself, and give expression to the adoration and reverence unceasingly due from the highest of created intelligences to the Creator. Possessed apparently of human form, and in an erect posture, they form a circle — or perhaps rather a double choir — about the throne, each with two of his wings seeming to support himself upon the air, with two covering his face, in reverence, that he might not 30 SERMON II. gaze directly upon the Divine glory, and with two his own person, in humility, not deigning to meet directly the Divine glance. Can the scene be more aptly or more worthily reproduced than in our own poet's noble lines ? — 
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