Isaiah 6* The vision which Isaiah beheld in the temple. (1-8) The Lorddeclares the blindness to come upon the Jewish nation, and thedestruction which would follow. (9-13)1-8 In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open toview, even to the most holy place. The prophet, standing outsidethe temple, sees the Divine Presence seated on the mercy-seat,raised over the ark of the covenant, between the cherubim andseraphim, and the Divine glory filled the whole temple. See Godupon his throne. This vision is explained, #Joh 12:41|, thatIsaiah now saw Christ's glory, and spake of Him, which is a fullproof that our Saviour is God. In Christ Jesus, God is seated ona throne of grace; and through him the way into the holiest islaid open. See God's temple, his church on earth, filled withhis glory. His train, the skirts of his robes, filled thetemple, the whole world, for it is all God's temple. And yet hedwells in every contrite heart. See the blessed attendants bywhom his government is served. Above the throne stood the holyangels, called seraphim, which means "burners;" they burn inlove to God, and zeal for his glory against sin. The seraphimshowing their faces veiled, declares that they are ready toyield obedience to all God's commands, though they do notunderstand the secret reasons of his counsels, government, orpromises. All vain-glory, ambition, ignorance, and pride, wouldbe done away by one view of Christ in his glory. This awfulvision of the Divine Majesty overwhelmed the prophet with asense of his own vileness. We are undone if there is not aMediator between us and this holy God. A glimpse of heavenlyglory is enough to convince us that all our righteousnesses areas filthy rags. Nor is there a man that would dare to speak tothe Lord, if he saw the justice, holiness, and majesty of God,without discerning his glorious mercy and grace in Jesus Christ.The live coal may denote the assurance given to the prophet, ofpardon, and acceptance in his work, through the atonement ofChrist. Nothing is powerful to cleanse and comfort the soul, butwhat is taken from Christ's satisfaction and intercession. Thetaking away sin is necessary to our speaking with confidence andcomfort, either to God in prayer, or from God in preaching; andthose shall have their sin taken away who complain of it as aburden, and see themselves in danger of being undone by it. Itis great comfort to those whom God sends, that they go for God,and may therefore speak in his name, assured that he will bearthem out. 9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Manyhear the sound of God's word, but do not feel the power of it.God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindnessof mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love ofit. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awfuldoom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still holdfast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of theHoly Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divinemercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadfuldanger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth,holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church;however professors or visible churches may be lopped off asunfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all thenumerous branches of righteousness shall arise.
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