Isaiah 6:1-13 – Confirmed, Called, and Sent

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb 9th as we continue our study through the Book of Isaiah. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help follow as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


Isaiah 6:1-13 – The Lord’s Confirmation

Following the vineyard song and woes of Chp. 5 we now see a vision experienced by Isaiah.  In a way only God can do, we see the Lord confirming His ministry upon Isaiah.  After the hard words that closed out Chp 5 we see the Calling, Confession, Cleansing, and Commissioning of Isaiah as he continues his crucial ministry to Judah.


 Isaiah’s Calling – vv. 1-4 (God summoned him into His presence)


The Earthly King – King Uzziah

Uzziah started well, but did not FINISH FAITHFUL 52 yrs. (our current p.m. study)

  • 2 Chron. 26 (v. 16 -grew proud to his destruction)


The year the king left his throne.  Isaiah encounter the KING ON HIS THRONE.

  • In a time of uncertainty and obvious transition… it is God who makes Himself known to Isaiah.


The Heavenly King – The Lord

  • High and lifted up – Exalted above all. His POWER AND MAJESTY
  • Train of robe filled temple – His HONOR AND DIGNITY


The Seraphim – Worship Him (He shows him a glimpse of heavenly worship)

They give us an example of how God’s calling is one about worship/service unto the Lord.

  • Only mentioned here. “Burning Ones”
  • 6 wings. Covering themselves.
    • Face – cannot gaze upon the glory of God. The burning ones cover in the midst of the Glory of God.
    • Feet – They are not worthy even though they serve the lord. TRUE HUMILITY
  • Holy, Holy, Holy – Emphatic, complete (some reference the trinity)
    • Separate and Different.
  • Whole earth is full of His glory – His presence is everywhere. PSALM 139
  • Shook/Smoke – His presence, power, and Will being carried out. (Jesus at cross. Darkness and earthquake)


He is both transcendent and immanent.  Beyond the physical yet indwelling His creation!


Isaiah’s Confession – v. 5


Woe is me – Fear, Terror. In a reverent way… yet in a terrifying way. (we need a little more this in our lives today!)

  • a natural reaction to the presence of God.
    • He was a sinner
    • He has seen God.


For I am lost

  • Because of my unclean lips. – The mouth is an abundance of the heart.

Matthew 12:33–37 – [33] “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. [34] You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. [35] The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. [36] I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, [37] for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (ESV)

I dwell in the midst of people with unclean lips

  • Acknowledging the problem around him. THEIR PROBLEM WAS THAT THEY HAVE SINNED AGAINST A HOLY GOD.
  • Calling sin for what it is. Instead of planning our actions on everything else  (always someone of something else)


Isaiah’s Cleansing – vv. 6-7


Burning coal & Altar

  • The brazen altar where the blood was shed. (Ex 27)
  • The coals (Lev 16:12)
  • The means for God’s purifying work.


Guilt taken away.  Sin atoned for

  • God did what Isaiah could not. He provided the way.
    • A perfect picture of Christ’s atonement.


1 John 1:8–10 – [8] If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV)






Isaiah’s Commissioning – vv. 8-13


He was forgiven and sent with a message.


The Messenger

  • Whom Shall I Send
    • Divine commission


  • Hear I am. Send Me
    • Obedience… an act of worship
      • I must (heart not right) I must (clean heart)
    • Faith and trust
      • Where you lead I will go.


The Message

  • With clarity – vv. 9 – 10
    • Go and say to this people
    • Keep hearing. BUT
    • Keep seeing, BUT
    • Hearts dull
      • REGARDLESS OF THE RECEPTION. Keep telling the truth


2 Corinthians 2:14–17 – [14] But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. [15] For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, [16] to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? [17] For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. (ESV)



  • With steadfastness – vv. 11-12 – How Long O Lord?
    • Until the cities are waste
    • Until the Lord removes


  • With purpose– v. 13
    • The Holy Seed is its stump
      • A lone seed growing from an old stump
      • Isaiah 9:6-7 – Unto us a child is born
      • Isaiah 11:1-9 – Stump, root of Jesse


Putting things in perspective:

  • They may not listen
    • They are deaf to the things of God
  • Their deafness is a sign of God’s judgment
  • When the Word is shared, two things happen.
    • Heart is softened (Fragrance of life)
    • Heart is hardened (Fragrance of death)
  • We cannot change the message hoping to CREATE RECEPTIVE HEARTS
    • Telling them what we think they WANT to hear.

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