Introductory Matters

Background Material: Prophets are men who speak for God in a special way.  They not only have a desire to speak, but have had what is called a "call experience."  It is not known how this came to every prophet as many do not tell us of this experience, but Jeremiah, when he is dealing with the false prophets of his age, speaks of it this way.

Jeremiah 23:15-18 "Therefore thus says Yahweh of hosts concerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem pollution has gone forth into all the land.'"  Thus says Yahweh of hosts, "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of Yahweh. "They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'Yahweh has said, "You will have peace"'; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, 'Calamity will not come upon you.' "But who has stood in the council of Yahweh, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?
What you need to do is to study Is. 6 and answer the following questions.
1.    What types of things does he see in the vision? What attributes of God are emphasized? What other beings are involved in the situation?
2.    What is the human response? Is it pleasurable?
3.    What is done to the man to prepare him for the ministry?  Be careful on this one to think this all the way through the passage.
4.    Compare and contrast the message that Isaiah is to take with the message that the false prophets in the above passage from Jeremiah.

Isaiah 6:1-13

In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy, is Yahweh of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory." And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, Yahweh of hosts." Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven." Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.' "Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed." Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant, Houses are without people And the land is utterly desolate, "Yahweh has removed men far away, And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. "Yet there will be a tenth portion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an oak Whose stump remains when it is felled. The holy seed is its stump."