Isaiah 6:1–13 (NKJV)
6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!” 4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” 8 Also 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.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered: “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, The houses are without a man, The land is utterly desolate, 12 The LORD has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. 13 But yet a tenth will be in it, And will return and be for consuming, As a terebinth tree or as an oak, Whose stump remains when it is cut down.
So the holy seed shall be its stump.”
Isaiah has already been given prophetic messages from the Lord for Israel. At this point, though, in the throes of the loss of the king, which happened to be a relative of Isaiah’s, Isaiah has this vision of the Lord in Heaven. The vision speaks to the loftiness of God and his immensity. He fills the space where he is enthroned. Angels hovered around Him declaring His glory and holiness. God’s presence and the angelic praise cause the place to shake and be filled with smoke. At this awe-inspiring sight, Isaiah is confronted with His own humanity and sinfulness, and declares it aloud. He calls himself a man of unclean lips, and even declares the same for all of his people. He is convicted by God’s holiness and glory. In response, God sends an angel to the altar with tongs to take a live coal and touch Isaiah’s lips. This act purges him of his sinfulness and cleanses him before God. The Lord then issues a call for someone to go on behalf of the Lord and declare His message to Israel. Isaiah responds willingly and he is commissioned to go to Israel with the prophetic word.
God tells Isaiah that the people will have their senses dulled and will not hear or understand the warning of the Lord. They will be judged for their sins and will see their land made desolate. However, a tenth, sometimes referred to as a remnant, will be left to restore the land and start anew. The holy seed will be its stump. God is looking for a holy seed to restore His people after judgment falls. Be the righteous seed. Be preserved, be available, and say, “Lord, Here am I! Send me.”