January 28 - Isaiah

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 28 - Isaiah

I can not imagine having the experiences that Isaiah had.  How do you approach a normal day after having an experience where you can say, “I saw the Lord, seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almight; the whole earth is full of his glory.” (Isaiah 6:1-3)

That is a lifetime of experience in one small minute, but Isaiah’s life was filled with those experiences.

Isaiah acted as prophet during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah … approximately sixty-four years.  We know very little of his life. He was the son of Amoz (Isaiah 1:1), his wife is identified as “the prophetess” (Isaiah 8:3), and their sons are named symbolically Shear-jashub (“A remnant shall return”; Isaiah 7:3) and Maher-shalal-hash-baz (“The spoil speeds, the prey hastes”; Isaiah 8:3, 18).

From the moment that he told the Lord he was ready to be sent forth as God’s messenger, he spoke without fear and with great boldness to the kings and the people of Israel.  His message also held great reverence for the Lord.

Many beautiful words were spoken by Isaiah.  His prophecies regarding the coming Messiah are incredible.  His name means ‘salvation of the Lord’ and he came to proclaim that salvation to the world.