Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 6

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Judgment (c 1-39)
Message: God's Commissions Isaiah (v 1-13)

Isaiah 6 Commentary 

(6:1) A Difficult Mission - Isaiah's vision included his call to be God's messenger to his people. Isaiah was given a difficult mission--to tell people who believed they would be blessed by God that instead they would be destroyed by God because of their disobedience. 

(6:1-4) God's Greatness - Isaiah's lofty view of God gives us a sense of God's greatness, mystery, and power. Isaiah's example of recognizing his sinfulness before God encourages us to confess our own sin. His picture of forgiveness reminds us that we, too, are forgiven. When we recognize how great our God is, how sinful we are, and the extent of God's forgiveness, we receive power to do his work. How does your concept of the greatness of God measure up to Isaiah's? 

(6:1-3) God's Holiness - The throne, the attending seraphims (angels), and the threefold holy all stress God's holiness. Seraphims were a type of angel whose name is derived from the word for "burn," perhaps indicating their purity as God's ministers. In a time when moral and spiritual decay had peaked, Isaiah needed to see God in his holiness. Being holy means being morally perfect, pure, and set apart from all sin. Like Isaiah, we need to discover God's holiness. Our daily frustrations, society's pressures, and our shortcomings reduce and narrow our view of God. We need the Bible's view of God as high and lifted up to empower us to gain the right perspective between our humanness and his perfection so that we can serve him properly. Ask him to purify you from sin, cleanse your mind from fruitless pursuits, and give you a fresh vision of himself. 

(6:1) King Uzziah - The year that King Uzziah died was approximately 740 BC. He remained leprous until he died because he tried to take over the high priest's duties (2 Chronicles 26:18-21). Although Uzziah was generally a good king and had a long and prosperous reign, many of his people turned away from God while he was in power. 

(6:5-8) God's Spokesman - Seeing the Lord and listening to the praise of the angels, Isaiah realized that he was sinful and unclean before God, with no hope of measuring up to God's holiness. When one of the seraphim touched Isaiah's lips with a burning coal, however, he told Isaiah that Isaiah's sins were forgiven. The coal didn't cleanse him; God did. In response, Isaiah submitted himself entirely to God's service. No matter how difficult his task would be, he said, "Here am I; send me." The painful cleansing process was necessary before Isaiah could fulfill the task to which God was calling him. Today, the cross is our "live coal," representing how Jesus' death cleanses us. Before we accept God's call to speak for him to those around us, we must be cleansed as Isaiah was, confessing our sins and submitting to God's control. Letting God purify us may be painful, but we must be purified so that we can truly represent God, who is pure and holy. 6:8 The more clearly Isaiah saw God (6:5), the more aware he became that without God he was powerless and inadequate to do anything of lasting value. But Isaiah was willing to be God's spokesman. When God calls, will you also say, "Here am I; send me"? 

(6:9-13) God's Mercy - God told Isaiah that the people would listen but not learn from his message because their hearts had become calloused and hardened beyond repentance. God's patience with their chronic rebellion had finally been exhausted. His judgment was to abandon them to their rebellion and hardness of heart. Why did God send Isaiah if he knew the people wouldn't listen? Although most of the people would not repent and would reap judgment, a small portion would listen. In 6:13 we see God's plan for a remnant ("holy seed") of faithful followers. God is merciful even when he judges. We can gain encouragement from God's promise to preserve his people. If we are faithful to him, we can be sure

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Share the Gospel

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 6. In our text today we see how God commissions Isaiah to spread the word of God. In making application we see how God commissions us to do the same, share the Gospel with every creature. Isaiah felt as many of us also, unworthy to share the Word of God with others because of our sinful nature. But God, explains it is Him that equips us and uses us if we simply obey the Lord and Share the Gospel. How about you? Do you share the Gospel? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Isaiah to remember that all believers have been called to share the Gospel, and we do so in and through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6

 1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

 2Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

 3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

 4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

 5Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

 6Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

 7And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

 8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 9And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

 10Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

 11Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,

 12And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

 13But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.