Isaiah’s vision of the Lord reveals Him as Moses’ God (His smoke filled the Temple just like the Tabernacle). The only hope for God’s people is the holy seed (of David). He is the stump that will provide the future tree of God’s Kingdom.
How striking is this passage!
Isaiah’s vision is OF THE LORD! Sitting on His throne, high and lifted up – The train of His robe filled the temple.
What a vision this must have been!
A voice that shook the foundations of the thresholds. The house (temple) filled with smoke.
We see a picture of the Lord God, the God who spoke to Moses and requisitioned the Ark, the Tabernacle, the earthly shadow artifacts – Here we see the heavenly reality!
And too, very importantly, we see the only proper response to even a glimpse of the Almighty.
“Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;”
It is good to be reminded of this. The importance of our utter and complete humility before the HOLY and PURE God of Israel.
And too, we see our HOPE.
Jesus here is both the burning coal and the holy seed from the stump of Jesse.
Through Jesus our guilt is taken away and our sin atoned for (Romans 3 v19-29), as the burning coal.
But later in Isaiah we see that Jeses is also the STUMP OF JESSE, from ch 11 v1, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,”.
Who God is. Our response to that truth. Our Hope. These are just three of the nuggets to chew over from this passage.
* Father God, thank You for today.
Thank You for Your love for us that we see wrapped up in Jesus – That even though You are the HOLY God, high and lifted up; That even though we are individuals of unclean lips in the midst of a people of unclean lips; despite both of those ABSOLUTE TRUTHS, we can know You and experience Your love because of Jesus.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!