38 Isaiah / Part 1 (2)

While suffering, in love

Isaiah 6:8-13
Matthew 13:13-16
T A thin voice of God

  A hand of forgiving is held to Isaiah who met the Holy God and made him despair with "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, ...For my eyes seen the King, the Lord of hosts.", and the seraphim said "Behold, this has tuched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is forgivn."(7). We watched a deep sense of guilt of this young Isaiah last week. Isaiah who watched the Holy God is knocked down by despair unless it is already had to oneself becoming extinct. Whether you have a deep sense of guilt toward it, or whether you do an encounter with your God like this, I've heard this is a question to us.

 This morning, we want to see from his mission. "Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"(8) The things that God wants to be most important was that Isaiah meets invitation of God by his own will. Invitation and reply, this will be important in our faith. Faith is a reply. Include that we are baptized, we who believed Jesus must confess it when we are things of Jesus. And we must also clarify our flag mark. But here, I think in one wonder, when God calls Himself with "Us", it will be told plural numbers of dignity. It is to Amos "And declares to man what are His thought."(4:13), this "thought" can translate "a soliloquy", and it can hear in dimmer thin voice (TKings 19:12). Isaiah would hear this thin voice. Faith will be to hear it which other one can't hear, as a thing to oneself.


U With a sense of guilt

 He met it without a hesitation. "Here I am. Send me!". Isaiah points out that Israel leaves God far and it is here in the middle of the crime repeatedly (Chapter 1-5), though probably, that is the words to the north and south both kingdom. It is his messages after Chapter 6 which he has been caught as a prophet, but he makes clear that his mission was a sentence of a crime to people by making a chronological sequence reverse. There is it like this. "Who say, 'Let Him make speed, let Him hasten His work, that we may see it; And let the purpose of the Holy One of Israel draw near; And come to pass, that we may know it!'"(5:19) As Isaiah discerned the way that they say, "For they have rejected the law of the Lord of host. And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel."(24), you may conclude, it was a challenge against that God is Holy One. The mission of Isaiah transmitted the passionate anger of God to such Israel, and to show God is the Holy One absolutely. This dialog of "Who will go for Us" and "Send me!" will be suggested that the mission was a matter common to God and Isaiah. The person who heard this thin voice of God was Elijah once. He was invited to the thin voice and stood as a prophet. The same situation right occurred in Israel then. Possibly, that happening might occur in Isaiah's mind. The mind of Isaiah may have had the event to when I lent it. I notice his reply having been the moment that he heard this thin voice.

 Then soon, there were words of God. "Go, and tell this people; 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.' "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Lest they see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand
their hearts, And return and be healed,"(9-10) God's anger was very passionate, and it was not the simple thing that Israel admitted their crime, and they should return to God. Israel is separated from God distantly, and it blunts in feeling their crime. And it is not only old Israel, but it is right in modern people of us, too. But we say that God shut it, and demand it without doing to continue hearing, continue watching, and realize. And we are looking for that we want to know, only it is interested in us. We close our eyes in what we must watch and cover our ears, and we shut it to a heart, and it is ......

 Surely it would be anger of God as it trembled violently to Isaiah. Myself, it is reminded of its thought as expected whether I last and stand before words of God. However, Isaiah destroyed by the thought of the deep crime consciousness with "Woe is me, for I am ruined!", but God had Isaiah summoned as a prophet to tell Israel in those days why they became dull in consciousness of the crime at all. And it is a message to modern age of us, too, including such his deep crime consciousness. It sounds like such God's thought's passing here for me.


V While suffering, in love

 "Then I said, 'Lord, how long?' And He answered, 'Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people, And the land is utterly desolate, The Lord has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.'"(11-12) Till when must this terrible sentence be able to continue? That period seems to be totally compensation of a crime, continuation of the intense pains that dying is equal to. However, Isaiah caught oneself and Israel with that they were the person who deserved the pains. And he stands before anger of God. If that period isn't shortened, no person may continue standing. It would be pity of God. It is said like this, "The lord has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land". This north kingdom was destroyed by Assyria, and it was understood what was moved to a far-off state when that was told, but this severe message was entrusted to Isaiah, in dead year of King Uzziah, and it was 18 years ago of the north kingdom extinction. It was long time when we cannot finish bearing, but, in north kingdom, the end was expected close by the times that were already full of confusion. It may be said that the period of these unbearable pains was comparatively short. However, it is longer, and Isaiah must suffer with them if it assumes it an accusation to south kingdom till the life dies. It is told that it is to bear the same pains of somebody (Compatriot or a brother) that begin to be caught by God.

 Isaiah who was conscious of crime of Israeli and himself heard only through anger of God, but, as for God, it will be expected people of faith still stay there. Even if it was a still thinner dim voice, Isaiah heard that voice. "Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak. Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump."(13) When only people who stayed still tended in Israel, Isaiah would understand "a sacred stump". He does not yet understand how the people stay. However, Jesus finishes being said clearly whom this was with. It was the time talked to in an example of sowing with the crowd who gathered in the bank of the Sea of Galilee before. "Some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up."(Matthew Chapter 13) When same disciple asked "why", Jesus quoted with Isaiah's word, "Because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.", and said, "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.", that was the word toward disciples. Only the person staring at Jesus hung on a cross with the Messiah will stay as a sacred stump of the Lord. While it is hated a crime, I hear sorrow and love of God regretting our life while being agonized with this prophet and want to arrive at depth of love of God.
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