37 Isaiah / Part 1 (1)

`s a sacred person

Isaiah 6:1 -7
T Peter 1: 15-16
T Prophet Isaiah

@We watched five prophets from Elijah to Micah of the genealogy of prophets. From this morning, I take up prophet Isaiah of the Old Testament. He was a prophet who followed Amos, Hosea, and I should have handled Micah more first than Isaiah of the same period of time. But I have treated Micah first without a whole image because both quantity of Isaiah and contents were too enormous. An excuse.

@I want to see it mainly on Isaiah, but it is very long with 66 chapters, moreover the latter half shows the different development that is called with the second Isaiah and the third Isaiah, and even a thing by other prophets is said. I think Isaiah is alone persistently, but what I try to divide into 2 of Chapter 1-39 and Chapter 40-66 will be proper. I assume Chapter 1-39 of the first half Part 1 and at first I will begin with there according to time order. I decide to consider 2 from 6:1-7 at article of his testament, this morning. It is the God testifying that Isaiah considered the first. What kind of the One who was said "No one has beheld God at any time"(TJohn 4:12)? For believers, that isn't indifferent at all, and we hope to meet Him if it is possible. It is Isaiah who confesses he met that One. We want to hear it.

@It begins with "In the year of King Uzziah's death (BC740)". This king did excellent good government in the south kingdom, which is in the confusion term of a period of anarchy just before the north kingdom downfall (a reign for 52 years). But he made a mistake to commit the duty of the priest to kindle incense in the shrine the later, so, he was touched God's anger, and he suffered from leprosy (UChronicles 26:16-20). Probably, that Uzziah lived still. Because there was such a King, this young Isaiah (about 20 years old) has felt a crime sensitively in prospering south kingdom, and has been caught as a prophet entrusted with messages from God to Israel.


U The Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted

@"I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, 'Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.' And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke."(1-4)

@Isaiah would be an aristocratic birth (priest?) in Israel which can probably enter a shrine and a palace freely. He threw all of such position and the privilege away, and became the person who introduce God's message for about 50 years. It seems to have been his strong God experience which we want to watch this morning that carried through his whole prophecy.

@"The Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted", a certain person imagined it like this. When Isaiah is watching an inner sanctum, light came into the dark back, and a ceiling came out, and the throne enveloped even by the sky in that light far grew. Perhaps the place of God is not only that a curtain in an inner sanctum was taken away (Luke 23:45), but it was lost distinction of nature, and it will be extended in every corner of all grounds. Isaiah confesses he saw the Lord of glory, and his confession is as follows. "with the train of His robe filling the temple." and "Seraphim (the angel, plural which serves it in about the side of God) stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered a face with wing of that pair, and covered a foot with other pairs, and he was flying with another pair in the one on those clothes.". Though this is only imagination, but I imagine that is the symbol which God of the glory will begin something (it is judgment or not, we don't know) now.

@Though he is upset, but Isaiah is observing that well, and it becomes proof of the fact that he watched God. God of the glory that he considered may have been only a hem of clothes just partly in fact. Anyway because even Seraphim hides a face and he isn't watching God directly. We don't know what kind of the One our God is after all. However, we can know that He is the One who is opening a hem of clothes of the glory even in small us.

@"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory."(3) The praise of Seraphim sounded and came. The reason why "Holy" repeated three times themselves was that Hebrew did not have a first-class use, but the best holy One appeared to Isaiah. His mind would have king Ujzziah who invaded illegality, and was rejected by God. A hem of clothes of God opens full in the shrine, and praise of Seraphim overflows. Would he feel that God had the Holy and had begun to confront people?


V ` a sacred person

@One more thing we want to hear from here is Isaiah's sense of guilt and forgiving of God. Isaiah who watched God of glory says. "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips. And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."(5)

@"A man of unclean lips", this is understood from in a rule of a description of Leviticus, "As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!'(13:45). It is the meaning to prevent that the breath of leprosy makes a surrounding person dirty. Isaiah piles up the figure of Uzziah who retired from the throne as a leprosy, and the Israeli crime, and he is laying that on himself in the same way. Besides he watched God of glory now. Why may oneself who must cover a mustache stand before the Holy God? For the person who met God whom there was, he is knocked down by his sinfulness, so, he may not be left consciousness of "Woe is me, for I am ruined!". However, the one who can recognize his crime is a only person standing before God, so, an encounter with actual God will begin there. The lifestyle of the arrogant modern people who make a crime without God seems to stand out here.

@"Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken from the altar with tongs. And he touched my mouth with it and said, 'Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgiven.'"(6-7) The charcoal to burn which touched Isaiah's lips is thought the thing taken from the altar which kindles the incense provided in the inner sanctum. It is in Leviticus like this, "And he shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the alter before the Lord, and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil."(16:12) A big priest went into the inner sanctum once a year, and it was decided to do atonement for the people's crime. At first, his own crime must be permitted and he must stand up between God and the people before he is summoned as a prophet.

@Because it was the first step to stand up as a deputation of the word of Holy God, we can hear Isaiah was invited to the sacred of God. Here we want to try to think about sacredness, but we've heard that was "a distinguished thing". However, it is not separation separated to distinction at all, and it is separated from the people, but it is in the people. Therefore the Hholy God is called "to be here with you" (Immanuel). Isaiah is going to be called to such a place now. And we, modern people are also called to the same place to believe Jesus. Therefore, it is here "but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;"(TPeter 1:15), our faith to believe Jesus is asked.