Prophet Isaiah actually volunteered his service to God. But before he could do that he saw the holy God. He was deeply convicted, duly cleansed and equipped by God. In response to God’s calling, he volunteered for a mission impossible. he was to preach (speak the messages from God) to a ‘sick’ people with deaf ears, blind eyes and dull minds. This means his efforts (to convict and convert them so that they would return to God and be healed) would be futile. Isaiah may have prophesied for 64 years (during the reigns of five kings spanning from king Uzziah to king Manasseh). He has remained faithful to the end.
Why? Because he has personally encountered God. He knows God is real. He knows God is God.
Personal reality encounter with God makes all the difference in a believer’s transformation into a new creation, living the supernatural Spirit-filled super-abundant life that Jesus has promised and given, becoming the vessel that God could use for His divine purposes.
Isaiah 6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Isaiah’s Call and Mission
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe[a] filled the temple. 2 Seraphim[b] were standing above Him; 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 called to another:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
His glory fills the whole earth.
4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said:
Woe is me for I am ruined[c]
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said:
Now that this has touched your lips,
your wickedness is removed
and your sin is atoned for.
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:
Who should I send?
Who will go for Us?
Here I am. Send me.
9 And He replied:
Go! Say to these people:
Keep listening, but do not understand;
keep looking, but do not perceive.
10 Dull the minds[d] of these people;
deafen their ears and blind their eyes;
otherwise they might see with their eyes
and hear with their ears,
understand with their minds,
turn back, and be healed.
11 Then I said, “Until when, Lord?” And He replied:
Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants,
houses are without people,
the land is ruined and desolate,
12 and the Lord drives the people far away,
leaving great emptiness in the land.
13 Though a tenth will remain in the land,
it will be burned again.
Like the terebinth or the oak
that leaves a stump when felled,
the holy seed is the stump.
- Isaiah 6:1 Lit seam
- Isaiah 6:2 = heavenly beings
- Isaiah 6:5 Or I must be silent
- Isaiah 6:10 Lit heart