Isaiah 6 To The Remnant *

I’ve been reading and re-reading Isaiah 6.  As I look out at the things of the world, they are becoming more and more confusing and demoralizing.  Too often, complete madness rules the day.  From entertainment to education to politics, it seems that the whole world has gone completely stark raving mad.  It seems that evil is reigning with impunity.  Everywhere the eye can see, there’s nothing but evil.  Men raping children, women destroying their bodies, corporations stealing life savings of their workers, banks rendering people homeless as a normal business practice.  Politicians mocking the political process, TV shows making sport of the human condition, brutality and coldheartedness all around for miles and miles.
But there’s nothing new under the sun.
God is all seeing, all knowing, and everywhere.  Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent.  In the fullness of time, rotten things are burned, and a cleansing fire consumes it all away.  Yet God is never without a remnant.  Will you be a part of God’s remnant?

Isaiah 6  The Message Bible

Holy, Holy, Holy!

1-8 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne—high, exalted!—and the train of his robes filled the Temple. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew. And they called back and forth one to the other, Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies.    His bright glory fills the whole earth. The foundations trembled at the sound of the angel voices, and then the whole house filled with smoke. I said,

“Doom! It’s Doomsday!    I’m as good as dead! Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted—    blasphemous even! And the people I live with talk the same way,    using words that corrupt and desecrate. And here I’ve looked God in the face!    The King! God-of-the-Angel-Armies!” Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with the coal and said,

“Look. This coal has touched your lips.    Gone your guilt,    your sins wiped out.” And then I heard the voice of the Master:    “Whom shall I send?    Who will go for us?” I spoke up,    “I’ll go.    Send me!”

9-10He said, “Go and tell this people:

“‘Listen hard, but you aren’t going to get it;    look hard, but you won’t catch on.’ Make these people blockheads,    with fingers in their ears and blindfolds on their eyes, So they won’t see a thing,    won’t hear a word, So they won’t have a clue about what’s going on    and, yes, so they won’t turn around and be made whole.”

11-13Astonished, I said,    “And Master, how long is this to go on?” He said, “Until the cities are emptied out,    not a soul left in the cities— Houses empty of people,    countryside empty of people. Until I, God, get rid of everyone, sending them off,    the land totally empty. And even if some should survive, say a tenth,    the devastation will start up again. The country will look like pine and oak forest    with every tree cut down— Every tree a stump, a huge field of stumps.    But there’s a holy seed in those stumps.”

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Lin says:

    What fascinates me most about Biblical scripture is the imagery contained within it. It’s very beautiful/sometimes ugly… but extremely compelling visually. And the miracles that took place also raises the roof off the average man’s (or woman’s) imagination. The strange thing is, in today’s world, if someone spoke of seeing:

    “Master sitting on a throne—high, exalted!—and the train of his robes filled the Temple. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings.” they would be considered certified, crazy, hallucinating, on drugs, no one would believe them.

    I sometimes wonder about the writers, & witnesses to those times and events, and why we, as a religious culture, have no problem accepting what was written centuries ago (no matter how supernatural) as the glorified truth.

    Not saying I’m a non-believer… it just makes me seriously ponder things sometimes. But faith is often about believeing that which we can not prove.

    One.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      Pretty much, the prophets of old WERE considered crazy, or at the very least they were just ignored by the masses as they continued to do their wickedness.
      But to those who believed and were faithful, these amazing and terrifying visions were given along with the call. Whats interesting is God calls anyone – those the world considers of low standing or those of high standing and its for them to answer God’s call. The bible speaks of those who did answer and those who didnt.

      You’re right brother – faith is about believing that which cant be proved. Because if one could prove it, then faith is not necessary. Jesus asks us to believe – and then leaves it to us to choose! Brother, I’ve gotten in numerous blog fights with my atheist brethren about this very issue. I learned alot from them tho.

      I love the Message Bible for it’s poetic flourish. It’s similar to the King James in this regard, but without the thous, thees, thys and thines. After all, King James aint the only poet up in here! 🙂

  2. Reggie says:

    Anna Renee this was an excellent post……….you scared me, but you did make me think.

    1. Anna Renee says:

      This passages in the Bible are filled with the reality of God, and often we who believe in Him take his awesome power for granted. We forget about His majesty and justice. He’s long suffering (patient) not forever suffering! Strange things and scary things start happening around the world. Some would call it all coincidence.

      But in the midst of it all, those found doing His will and His work – feeding and clothing and sheltering the hungry, naked and homeless, will be blessed by Him.

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