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Biblical Illustrator Isaiah 6

Biblical Illustrator Isaiah 6

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BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR ISAIAH 6CHAPTER VI.Vers. 1-13. In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord. — The story of the prophet's call — why inserted here : — Why the narrative of theprophet's call was not, as in the cases of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, allowed to occupythe first place in the book, is a question which cannot be certainly answered.One conjecture is that chaps, i.-v. were placed first for the purpose of preparingthe reader of the book for the severity of tone which marks the end of chap, vi.,and of acquainting him with the condition of things in Judah which led to sucha tone being adopted. Or, again, it is possible that chap. vi. may have beenplaced so as to follow chaps, i.-v., because, though describing what occurredearlier, it may not have been actually committed to writing till afterwards — perhaps as an introduction to chaps, vii. 1-ix. 7. (Prof. S. B. Driver, D.D.)Why did Isaiah publish this account of his call ? — Why was it needful to publisha private transaction between God and Isaiah ? The only reason we can conceiveof is that the prophet needed to give a justification of his public assumption of prophetic work. And that implies in the community a suspicion of propheticmen, and in the young prophet's mind struggles and hesitation such as we caneasily conceive. This picture of his call he holds up half before himself, as theanswer to all the timid fears of his own heart, and half before his countrymen,as his reply to all the objections they might raise against his prophetic commission.This is strongly confirmed when we proceed to look at the message which theprophet is sent to deliver (vers. 9, 10). (P. Thomson, 31. A.) The circumstance*140 TEE BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR. [chap. n.of the vision : — Let us try, if we can, and present to our imaginations some ideaof this extraordinary scene. The shades of evening are closing in, and all is stillwithin the sacred precincts of the temple. The daily ritual has been dulyobserved, and priests and worshippers have withdrawn from the hallowed fane.The noise and stir of the great city hard by is subsiding ; a solemn hush and still-ness pervades the place. One solitary worshipper still lingers within the sacredcourts absorbed in a reverie of prayer. He is a religious and devout man ; pro-bably a member of the school of the prophets, well instructed in the faith of hisfathers, and familiar with the sacred ritual of the temple, and the lessons that itinculcated. There he is, looking forward possibly to a prophet's career, yetfeeling keenly the responsibilities which it will involve, and perhaps pleading
 
earnestly to be fitted for his mission. He cannot be blind to the unsatisfactorycondition of his people. Amidst much outward profession of religiousness andreadiness to comply with the ceremonial demands of the faith, he cannot butdiscern the presence of barren formalism and hypocrisy, and of a latent super-stition that might at any moment, were the restraints of authority removed,blossom out into open idolatry. And who shall say what heart-searchings mayhave occupied his own mind as he knelt there in the temple all alone with God..Was he more spiritual than those around him ? Was he sufficiently pure anddevout to stand up in protest against a nation's sins ? One moment all is silenceand stillness as he kneels in prayer ; the next, and lo ! a blaze of glory and a burstof song ! Startled and awe-stricken, the lonely worshipper raises his head tofind himself confronted with a sublime and dazzling spectacle. His bewilderedvision travels up through ranks of light till it finds itself resting for a moment,but only for a moment, on an Object too august for human gaze. " I saw alsothe Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple."Around that dread Presence the forms of vast and wondrous intelligences of glory,the attendant ministers of the Majesty Divine, seem bending in adoration, andthe voice of their worship falls like the roll of thunder on his ear, shaking the verypillars of the temple porch with its awe-inspiring resonance, as they echo andre-echo with answering acclamations the antiphon of heaven — " Holy, holy, holyis the Lord of hosts : the whole earth is full of His glory." ( W. Hay Aitken, M.A.)The vision : — Isaiah might probably have said, as St. Paul did on a like occasion," Whether I was in the body or out of the body I cannot tell," but he wouldundoubtedly have confirmed the plain meaning of his words that the vision was areality and a fact. (Sir E. Strachey, Bart.) The symbolism of Isaiah's vision: — There is a variety of opinion among the commentators as to the basis of thesymbolism of this vision. Some assert that the imagery by which the prophetBets forth the wealth and splendour of the heavenly kingdom is taken entirelyfrom the scenery and ritual of the temple ; that when the worshippers had left,and the sacrifices had been offered, and only a few of the most devout remainedfor prayer and vigil, Isaiah, lingering with the few, unsatisfied and perplexed,beheld this vision, and consecrated himself to his prophetic activity. In thisview the picture presented of the celestial world is the inner features and ritualof the temple idealised and expanded. Dr. Cheyne casts doubt upon this inter-pretation, and leans to the opinion that not the temple but the palace is the pointfrom which the prophet's inspired imagination takes its departure. The figures,the messengers, and the throne are from the court, not from the temple. It isimpossible wholly to accept either of these views. There is no reason why weshould not blend both in our exposition of Isaiah's vision. There are certainlysome references to the temple in the altar, the purging away of sin, and thesmoke-filled house. In the throne and the train filling the temple there aresuggestions of the court. As Isaiah was an attendant on both, it is probable
 
that the ideas under which he sets forth the kingship of Christ, as priestly andyet regal, were drawn from his own observation of the centres of governmentand worship in his own country. Ideas of righteousness, and sympathy, andsacrifice unite in his conception of the invisible kingdom. (J. Matthews.)Isaiah's vision of God : — Some of you may have been watching a near andbeautifullandscape in the land of mountains and eternal snows, till you have beenexhausted by its very richness, and till the distant hills which bounded it haveseemed, you knew not why, to limit and contract the view ; and then a veil hasbeen withdrawn, and new hills, not looking as if they belonged to ihis earth,yet giving another character to all that does belong to it, have unfolded them-selves before you. This is a very imperfect likeness of that revelation whichchap, vi.] ISAIAH. 141must have been made to the inner eye of the prophet, when he saw another thronethan the throne of the house of David, another King than Uzziah or Jotham,another train than that of priests or minstrels in the temple, other winged formsthan those golden ones which overshadowed the mercy-seat. (F. D. Maurice,M.A.) The inaugural vision of Isaiah contains in brief an outline of his propheticteaching. The passage besides this has a singular psychological and religiousinterest of a kind personal to the prophet. It consists of a series of steps, each oneof which naturally follows upon the other. I. There is first A vision of thb Lord,the King, surprising and majestic, with a singular world of beings and activitiesaround Him (vers. 1-4). II. This vision of Jehovah reacts upon the mindof the prophet and makes him think of himself in relation to this great King,the Holy One, whom he had seen ; and one thought succeeds another, so that ina moment he lives a history (vers. 5-7). III. Having passed through this history,the beginning of which was terror, but the end peace, an altogether new sensa-tion filled his mind, as if the world, which was all disorder and confusion before,and filled with a conflict of tendencies and possibilities, had suddenly, in thelight falling on it from the great King whom he had seen, become clear and themeaning of it plain, and also what was his own place in it ; and this was accom-panied with an irresistible impulse to take his place. This is expressed by sayingthat he heard the voice of the great Sovereign who had been revealed to himproclaiming that He had need of one to send, to which he replied that he wouldgo. rV. Finally, there comes the service which hb has to perform, which iano other than just to take his place in the midat of that world, the meaning of which his vision of the Sovereign Lord had made clear to him, and state thismeaning to men, to hold the mirror up to his time and declare to it its condition

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