From that time we never ceased to labour hard on behalf of the resolution we had made.” In this case a Lancashire manufacturer brought the “call,” but surely the angels of sorrow and sympathy assisted in the “consecration,” and the Holy One of Israel worked with His servant. "Us" is a plural, and the plural in Hebrew (but in no other Semitic languages) adds intensification (cf. “Well, I don’t know,” was the astonished reply. 2. 1. go, v. 9, BDB 229, KB 246, Qal imperative 2. tell, v. 9, BDB 55, KB 65, Qal perfect 8.Voice of the Lord — The seraphs’ voices are hushed at the “voice” of Jehovah. The sermon was soon ended; the congregation was broken up; my friends went to dine; I was invited to dine with my fellow students; I had no appetite for food, my heart was full--and I said to a friend, Can you procure me a garret, where I can spend the remainder of the day in fasting and prayer? Preaching like that never yet came out of the schools of the prophets, any more than it ever came out of the mouth of an angel. 2. The seraphs are innocent children. Gabriel might come with his six wings and his salutation to announce to Mary that the fulness of time had come and that the Word was to be made flesh, but it was John, the son of Zacharias, who was not that light, who was sent to preach repentance to the vipers of his day, and to urge them to flee from the wrath to come. But, unfortunately for this theory, there is no evidence whatever that ancient potentates employed this style. 3. 4. 2. We should not be questioning, whether we shall be able to do all that is required of us; but should expect assuredly, that God will enable us to perform whatever we undertake for him, and will give a successful issue to our endeavours — — —], [We should not draw back from any labour, nor hesitate to make any sacrifice. Then said I, Here [am] I send me. 3. who it is certain were concerned in this mission; for the I felt in my conscience that there was a work that someone must do. A. Two sisters brought this fact home to me. He, in turn, gave place to such men as Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton and Joseph Sturge, who also were “called” and “ordained” by the Spirit of God to the Christlike work of securing liberty to the captive. Nor must we forget our tender Redeemer. The first query implies that whoever goes should first receive his commission from Jehovah; he should be. are expressly attributed to the Holy Ghost in ( Acts 28:25 Acts 28:26 ) the Sessions.). to the people of Israel, to reprove them for their blindness and IV. Commissioned Contributed by Chris Swanson on Apr 10, 2020 | 940 views. II. — The seraphs’ voices are hushed at the “voice” of Jehovah. If God has given you warm sympathies with the young, go into the ranks of the Sunday school, draw young hearts around you, and win them to Christ. It was so with Isaiah. 3. Jesus used verses 9-10 about Israel in his day, and the verses appear several times in the NT (e.g., Mt 13:14-15; Mk 4:11; Lk 4:20; Jn 12:40; Acts 28:27). Here am I - prompt zeal, now that he has been specially qualified for it (Isaiah 6:7 : cf. This has always been God’s way in choosing and in ordaining and in sending both prophets, and psalmists, and priests, and preachers for His Church on earth. There is no difficulty et all in determining that we are every one of us called to devote ourselves to God. Here am I. And he preached on all these matters as no angel in all heaven could have preached, he preached as only a leper could preach to his brother lepers, and as only one undone man could preach to other undone men. Now he hears His voice (John 10:4), and it rouses him to self-consecration and activity. 5. Isaiah 6:8, ESV: "And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and … Genesis 1:26; Genesis 11:7; 1 Kings 22:19-23). Jerome, on this place, says that it indicates the ‹sacrament‘ of the Trinity. ]; his own utter unfitness for the work assigned him [Note: Exodus 4:10. Then said I, Here am I send me. It was necessary for him to see it in order that he might be brought into the condition of heart out of which should come the full consecration expressed in--“Here am I send me.” Observe what he saw. No more visible, in its earlier outflowings, is this doctrine of the Trinity; yet by and by it is the element on which Christianity doats, and in which it lives and moves. Here were no inquiries made, what the particular office was, or what would be the difficulties attending the execution of it. II. Who will be hated of all men, and be the victim of the conspiracies of the crafty, of the insults of the street rabble, and of the desertion of false and incompetent friends? If it was Isaiah's call to the prophetic office, why should it have been placed this deep into the prophecy? (See Note on Isaiah 6:3.) — — —]. this people"; and the Targum is. Who will go to the market places and declare the dishonesty of their traffic? There had been in his training everything to satisfy sense and to kindle ambition. 4 , 6 ) and “God’s holy mountain” as a house of prayer (v. III. Isaiah 6:8-10 New International Version (NIV). (R. J. Campbell, M. Proud member Of the Christian's offer of service. , are the divine queries. us, is very remarkable; and both being meant of one and the same Lord, do sufficiently intimate a plurality of persons in the Godhead. He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense To both the houses of Israel, As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (H. P. Hughes, M. III. God"s grace to him in not consuming him, but rather cleansing him, motivated Isaiah to volunteer to be God"s servant. I can do nothing whatever. The call demands entire self-abandonment. The constraint of love is the omnipotent motive force. And many among them shal… 6 with Acts 9). With the presumption of an irreverent and worldly temper, he entered the Temple and attempted with his own hands to burn incense. Hence we infer that the authority of Isaiah was confirmed, so that he was reckoned to be not only a prophet, but eminent among the prophets. And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8a). The court of the great King. (Calmet) --- Send me. The difficulty lies in reference to those particular acts which are required only of few. ].” Nay, he further adduced his own experience of disappointment in less arduous labours, as a certain ground for apprehending that he must of necessity fail in a matter of so much greater difficulty [Note: Exodus 6:12. One half-hour of Divine communion, one resolute determined entering of the Holy of Holies, that we may see the Lord seated upon His throne, and the holy angels veiling face and feet as they sing His praise, will do more for us in the wholesome work of self-abasement and self-abhorrence, because it will bring us into the light which alone makes manifest, and show us, in the very act of condemning, the beauty of the holiness which condemns. THE CONTEXT In chapters 1-5, Isaiah uses harsh words to speak of Judah's wickedness. That these plural forms are used of idols, as well as of the true God, is admitted; but as the special names of the true God came, in process of time, to be applied to idols, so would the special “form” of these names, and to tell us that these forms “are” so applied, is quite beside the question. Now, this remarkable instance of obedience ought to produce such an effect on our minds that we shall readily and cheerfully undertake any task which he may be pleased to enjoin, and shall never refuse any task, however difficult we may imagine it to be. Us. In that chapter, Yahweh promises, "I will Some think that this is intended to reprove the ignorance of the priests and prophets; because, though they are very numerous, still not one of them was qualified to teach. The Targum renders it, the voice of the Word of the Lord, as if it was the second Person, the Word, that was heard speaking; but it seems rather to be the voice of the first Person, the Father: saying, Whom shall I send? More abundant communications of the Spirit—, [Whatever measures of grace were imparted to some highly-favoured individuals under the Law, as to David, Isaiah, Daniel, and others, the effusions of the Holy Spirit were very small and partial in comparison of those which are given to the Christian Church: so that none of us need to draw Sack from the greatest work; since the weakest of true Believers may say, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthened me [Note: Philip. Now, if you are called of God either to preach or teach, or whatever it is, remember the things you have to preach or teach will not be agreeable to your hearers. Of the steps that lead up to this offer. 1 In the year of the death of King Uzziah, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, and His lower extremity filled the Temple. This man Isaiah was to go forth in Jehovah’s name, but in order to preparation for so high an embassage he must undergo a process peculiar but necessary. The prophet, after the touch of the live coal, felt his gifts increased, his zeal kindled, and hence his forwardness thus to offer God his service. And who will go for us? But what were all these objections? It is, in all countries, used in reference to kings and princes; and as God often represents himself as a “king” in the Scriptures, and speaks in the language that was usually applied to kings in oriental countries, no argument can be drawn from expressions like these in defense of the doctrine of the Trinity. 3. The text reminds us—, I. True service is not incompatible with failure. Isaiah 6:8. Touched with the heavenly fire he now faces with bold joy the divine Presence, and announces himself ready for any message. Isaiah 6:8(NASB) Verse Thoughts Having recognised his shocking sinfulness and having had his filthy lips cleansed, the heavens were thrown open, and Isaiah the prophet gazed in awe and wonderment, on the magnificence of the holy temple of the Lord. It was God’s intention to send the Prophet Isaiah on a painful errand; such as, if he consulted his own feelings only, he would be very averse to execute. 1. All rights reserved. On this point, see Dr. John Pye Smith‘s “Scripture testimony to the Messiah.” It is further remarkable, that these plural appellatives are, for the most part combined with verbs and adjectives in the singular number; as, ‹Gods (he) created,‘ Genesis 1:1; and with plural adjuncts but rarely. ), David Brainerd prayed for such a complete absorption in the Divine will that he might become utterly indifferent to every outward circumstance of discomfort and trial, if only he could make known the love of Christ. He at once said, ‘Is it for me to choose my work? In the Bible, when God appears, when God speaks, when God call’s, He sends people. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? The "joy of the Lord" will be our strength when most we feel the pressure of "the burden of the Lord. Be jealous to be the one sent. The change of the number. We want such men--the heathen are perishing, and will perish, unless God’s remedy is sent to them--that remedy is in your possession.” He then paused again, and looking around, as if wanting to fix his eyes on some object, he said in a moving manner, “Is there one disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ who has love enough for his Divine Master in his heart to say, Here am I send me?” Oh, when he said that, I felt it thrill through my soul, and I silently said to Him who searcheth my heart, “Lord, I will go.” It was a memorable day to me, I can never forget it. The seraphs cry Holy, holy, holy, to one another, but they do not know what they are saying. Multitudes may reject the prophet's message, yet there will be "a tenth" who will accept it and be saved.—J. (C. H. The LORD of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, And let Him be your dread. it was the second Person, the Word, that was heard speaking; but It was sufficient for this holy man that he should be employed in doing the will of God; and he was willing to devote to that service all his faculties and all his powers [Note: Here, if the subject of Missions be treated of, it would be proper to shew, that every Candidate for the office of such a Ministry ought to possess the very disposition which was here evinced.] In conclusion, let us lay up in our memories three facts in connection with service. Here, if I mistake not, the subject takes a different turn. Spurgeon. It was the symbol of forgiveness and cleansing. Isaiah 6:8. The youthful penitent knew that he was restored. These crudities are by most, however, long ago abandoned as untenable; and the solution most generally approved by such as reject that of the Trinity, is that furnished by an appeal to the “style of majesty.” Oriental princes, it is alleged, from the most ancient times, used the plural number in publishing their decrees; and such is the style of royalty to this day. One was weak, suffering, dying, though the other did not know it at the time. 1351; A. Maclaren, Old Testament Outlines, p. 169. There is an altar of Divine sacrifice kindled from heaven—it stands not within, but in front of the Divine dwelling—and each coal of it is for the purging of the conscience. then said I, here am I, send me: for he who before thought himself undone, and unworthy to be employed in the service of God, now having a discovery and application of pardoning grace, freely offers himself to God: this shows the true nature and effect of an application of pardon; it gives a man freedom and boldness in the presence of God, and stimulates to a ready and cheerful obedience to his will, and engages him with the utmost alacrity in his service; so far is the doctrine of free and full pardon by the blood of Christ from being a licentious doctrine. — And this is the man who a few minutes ago was agonized with fear for his life because in his impurity he had seen God. But in no respect do we full short of the favours conferred on him: yea, rather, we may be considered as having, [Bright as that vision was, it was far inferior to that which is vouchsafed to us in the Gospel. When Isaiah had been thus absolved, the true object of the heavenly scene was made apparent. ],” that is, of Christ. Whom shall I send?] Then said I, Here am I; send me. (A. H. Bradford, D. D.), Speaking at Exeter Hall, in 1886, James Chalmers said, in reference to his New Guinea experiences: “Recall the twenty-one years; give me back all its experiences, give me its shipwrecks, its standings in the face of death; give it me surrounded by savages with spears and clubs; give it me back again with spears flying about me and the club knocking me to the ground; give it me back, and I will still be your missionary.” (Sunday School Chronicle. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 2. Thus we see the unity and harmony of revelation in 11 ages; the doctrine is the same; the degree of manifestation only is different. There are exegetical commentaries, scholarly and technical commentaries, as well as commentaries that are easy to understand. The Septuagint renders it, ‹whom shall I send, and who will go to this people?‘ The Chaldee, ‹whom shall I send to prophesy, and who will go to teach?‘ The Syriac, ‹whom shall I send, and who will go?‘ The Arabic has followed the Septuagint. C. J. Vaughan, Half-Hours in the Temple Church, p. 177. Isaiah had done it all to himself, and had had it all done unto him of God. He reaches in one moment the supreme height of the faith which went forth, not knowing whither it went (Hebrews 11:8). But, “Woe is me! That there are clearer intimations of the doctrines of the Trinity, than that contained in this and similar texts, is indubitable; but we must not set aside the early and somewhat obscure intimations of a doctrine, simply because it comes afterward to be exhibited with more fulness. A. Then I said, "Here am I! In any case Isaiah had a fairly free entry to the King's court in Jerusalem (Is. Denomination: Assembly Of God. I. 4. Then said I, Here am I send me. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, &c. I. Or, as many eminent commentators, it may denote the trinity, indicated in the thrice “holy” uttered by the seraphim. The problem is, to account for the use of the plural number in these passages, consistently with the unity of God. God especially qualifies His messengers. Allowance being made for difference of phraseology, there is a striking resemblance between the call of Isaiah and of Paul (comp. and who will go for us? He procured it for me; and in that garret I spent some of the happiest and most solemn moments of my life; and seeing the agony of Him whose blood was shed a sacrifice for my sins, I said, “Lord, I will go.” (R. Imperfect realisation of forgiveness is one of the most frequent causes of weakness in Christian service. Why should God thus ask human service? [1 Peter 5:2]. And here I must say, that no rules can be given which shall apply to all cases; nor perhaps any rules that shall be perfectly satisfactory to every mind. ), “Here am I send me.” These few simple words express the crisis, the turning point in the life of Isaiah. It was a volunteer’s response to a general summons or invitation. The one who was watching by the bedside said, “It seems dreadful to be so helpless, to feel I can do so little to assuage the suffering of the dear one. Such is the plan of revelation; and, instead of despising early announcements, or deeming them useless, because better “proofs” of the doctrine in question can be found, we ought to admire the wisdom and goodness of God in this gradual development of truth. He was a member of the sinful nation. Oct 28, 2018 - Explore Judy Campbell's board "Isaiah 6" on Pinterest. Say, then, whether we be not bound to imitate the prophet, in his surrender of himself to God? We’re gathered, we’re healed, we’re sent. 1. by a vision of God, of the thrice Holy One, filling the soul with awe, and causing it to tremble (Isa ). [Doubtless, if mercies vouchsafed are motives to obedience, we, who have received such transcendent mercies, ought to “present our whole selves as living sacrifices unto God; which, as it is a holy and an acceptable, is also a most reasonable, service [Note: Romans 12:1. This text, and its parallels, Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:22; Genesis 11:7, exhibit the Trinity in Revelation‘s dawn indistinctly - partially disclosed - revealing only a “plurality” of persons. He speaks of Judeans as rebellious children (1:2) and "people loaded with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children who deal corruptly! (C. H. The change of the number, I and us, is very remarkable; and both being meant of one and the same Lord, do sufficiently intimate a plurality of persons in the Godhead. 6:9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. The callous and indifferent people, steeped in sin, would only be hardened by the message. Tidings concerning sin and salvation, mercy and deliverance, God's grace and man's misery, must be published. Just hear him in his first sermon. If God has given you influence with men, go to the drunkard and the fallen and seek to reclaim them from the depths of degradation in which they are sunk. 8.Afterwards I heard the voice of the Lord. ],” and expect that “strength shall be given you according to your day [Note: Deuteronomy 33:25. Here am I — prompt zeal, now that he has been specially qualified for it (Isaiah 6:7; compare 1 Samuel 3:10, 1 Samuel 3:11; Acts 9:6). In truth, leaving out of view the plural appellatives applied to the Deity, that is, the appellatives in question, and which, therefore, cannot be adduced, there is no evidence whatever of this pretended rule. II. to the people of Israel, to reprove them for their blindness and stupidity, and to threaten them, and foretell unto them their ruin and destruction; intimating that it was a difficult thing to pitch upon a proper person; and that there were but few that were fit to go on such an errand: this is spoken after the manner of men; otherwise the Lord knew whom to send, and whom he would send; and could easily qualify anyone he pleased, and send with such a message: and who will go for us? They need above all the conviction of sin. If he had never uttered these words you would never have heard of him. Salem Media Group. In like manner, when he asks whom he shall send, the meaning is, that he needs not an ordinary person, but a teacher of uncommon excellence on a subject of the greatest importance. Wilberforce, too, passed through times of deep self-conflict till the necessary new habits of mind and life were formed. I think I see in that response a consciousness of his being in a certain position which no one else occupied, which rendered it incumbent upon him to say, “Here am I.”. saying, Whom shall I send? We come, then, to think of THE DIVINE CALL. ; he should heartily accord with his commission. “I have been for five years on the Mount of Transfiguration.” “How many souls did you lead to Christ last year?” was the sharp question that came from Mr. Moody, in an instant. Isaiah's perspective on God in the initial four verse gives us a feeling of God's significance, power, and mystery. This is the light in which we may wisely look on Christian service. I knew that the description he had given me of the homes of thousands was not an exaggerated description. Christian thought has, however, scarcely erred in believing that the words were as a dim foreshadowing of the truth, afterwards to be revealed, of a plurality within the Unity. (R. J. Campbell, M. N.B. He is the Paul of the Old Testament. 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