Isaiah 6

Isaiah 6  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
This begins a parenthesis which ends in chapter 9, verse 7.
A vision of the glory and holiness of the God of Israel comes before the prophet. The whole earth is full of His glory. The effect upon Isaiah was much like that of Job and Peter when in God's presence—"Woe is me! for I am undone." The result is that his unclean lips are cleansed by coals from off the altar, preparing him to voluntarily accept the call to go with a message of judgment, also mercy, to God's people.
The message is sad in both respects. On one hand, it was judicial, national blindness and judgment, calling forth the cry of the remnant, "Lord, how long? "
"Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the Land be utterly desolate," is the answer. A remnant of only one-tenth shall be preserved as the holy seed, on the other hand. It was God's character of holiness that demanded sin to be punished.