Dean's Bible Study 9/2/20
A study of major sections of the book of Isaiah
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the Lord removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump.
Understand the context:
I will talk about the context of this event in Isaiah's life.
1. God's Glory
2. God's Forgiveness
3. God's Persistence
Explore the text:
1. What should we learn about God in Isaiah's vision of God on His throne?
2. How should Isaiah's vision of God on His throne affect how we think about the holiness of God?
3. How important is it for those who proclaim God's message to realize that many who hear it will not respond positively to it? But, to also remember that some will hear it, accept it, and respond positively to it.
Apply the text:
God is holy and chooses to make known His presence and Glory to us.
All persons are are in need of God's forgiveness and Love.
God invites those willing to follow Him to deliver His message of Love, Grace, and forgiveness to those who need Him.
God's messengers are to be faithful to share His message all their lifetime regardless of the response of those who hear it.
(This outline is adapted from "Explore The Bible," Lifeway, Adult Bible Study. Fall, 2020)