Isaiah 6:1 ~ “1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.”
The Seraphim’s may be the 4 “Living Creatures” that John sees in Revelation 4. I find it interesting that they are covering their faces here but Isaiah apparently see’s the Lord clearly on the throne. Then the Lord asked who will go and Isaiah volunteers and the Lord commissioned him.
Jesus quotes verses 9 &10 in Matt.13 when explaining to his disciples why he speaks to the people in parables ~
“‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
15For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’
But, he calls them (and us!) blessed because we haves eyes to see and ears to hear!
WOW. I never caught this before! After Jesus referenced Isaiah 6, only a few verses after the absolutely amazing vision of God’s throne room; he says ~ “17For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”
That had to blow their minds! They must have been thinking of what Isaiah described and considering that every previous prophet who saw glimpses of Heaven would’ve rather seen Jesus standing their in dirty sandals in front of them. I am reminded again that Jesus said everyone before John the Baptist was “less privileged” than those who have the Kingdom (us!).
16But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.
Thank you Lord for eyes to see and ears to hear! I literally have been thanking him and asking for increase in this area for the past few months; what a simple yet powerful promise! I think it was Solomon who said “The seeing eye and the hearing ear are both from the Lord”…just a reminder that they are a grace gift. Freely given. Never earned!
NOW, Isaiah asked “How long?” (will they not see or hear?) and the Lord replies ~
“11Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered,
“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
Houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,”
Interesting that Jesus didn’t quote this verse when he answered the Disciples. But, that MUST’VE been on their hearts too!
The Lord is SO DEEP.
No one has ever been nor will ever be as profound and intentional with their words as God.Just think of all the implications behind Jesus’ use of prophetic Scriptures that Father chose.
I believe Jesus does reference this desolation in Matt.23:38, when prophesying what happened to Israel in 70AD.38“Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!”
This is near the middle of at least 4 chapter of destruction, woes and tribulation prophesied to THAT generation out of the mouth of the Lord God Almighty, Himself. (Matt.21-24) It’s simply many prophecies from Moses to Malachi being clearly articulated by the Word of God in the flesh one last time to THAT generation.
12“The LORD has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13“Yet there will be a tenth portion in it,
And it will again be subject to burning,
Like a terebinth or an oak
Whose stump remains when it is felled.
The holy seed is its stump.”
They were scattered to Babylon and eventually divinely brought back to be “burned again” after they cut off the Holy Seed, “The Stump”. Jesus was the incorruptible seed according to Peter and John and both Paul and Isaiah called him the Holy Root.