Is. 6:9 Hearing but not understanding. Why?

Isa 6:9 And he said, “Go and tell these people, ‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’

And he [God] said, “Go and tell these people,

The LORD Himself is speaking in answer to ‘Whom shall I send, who will go for Us?’ The number now changes from the singular to the plural. This indicates the Trinity in the Godhead.

Plural Pronouns in the O.T. for God.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.

Gen 11:6 And Jehovah said, Behold! The people is one and they all have one language. And this they begin to do. And now nothing which they have imagined to do will be restrained from them.
Gen 11:7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they cannot understand one another’s speech.

Many refer to this as the Plural of Respect.Pro 9:10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Barnes Notes “The holy – The word in the Hebrew is plural, agreeing, probably, with אלהים ‘elohı̂ym understood (so in Pro_30:3). The knowledge of the Most Holy Ones. cp. Prov 30:3. This is know as the Pluralis Excellentice, the Plural of majesty or Honour which refers to Kings or princes. 

In Pular a grandfather is called Baaba’en (plural of respect). cp. Elohim pl. = God

‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’

Barnes Notes, ” This denotes hardness of heart and blindness of mind. Though hearing the prophets words they would not understand him. They were obstinately bent on Iniquity. They would neither believe nor even regard what he had to say.

Mat 13:4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Mat 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive;
Mat 13:15 for this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

They saw Jesus Miracles which shows He was sent from God to be their Messiah. He fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies of the OT. They REFUSED to Believe. and did not Perceive and understand.

APPLICATION.  We must be careful that this doesn’t  happen in our day. God never forces people to  accept His salvation which He offers freely.

Isaiah 6:6-7 The Cleansing of Isaiah’s Mouth.

Isa 6:6 Then one of the angels flew to me. In his hand was a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.
Isa 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

Isa 6:6 Then one of the angels flew to me. In his hand was a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.

This Holy Seraph flew to Isaiah with this burning coal in tongs. He did not touch the coal with his hands. This was Holy Cleansing fire, not just any old starnge fire.

Isa 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

He touched my mouth with it….  The Bible says that the mouth is an unruly fire, who can train it? Best to keep quiet than to make a fool of your-self.

“See, This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

Before Isaiah can begin His Prophetic Ministry to Jerusalem and Judah he needed cleansing from unclean lips.

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Cleansing is all part of Commissioning for Service as a prophet to the nations.

The Live coal off the Altar speaks of the fire of Sacrifice. Without the shedding of Blood their is no forgiveness of sins. Christ is our Passover Lamb sacrificed on the fiery altar of Calvary to atone for our sins.

The Seraph brings the Live Coal with the tongs.
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Application: Have you been to the altar to receive the cleansing of your life and especially your tongue so God can use you?

Isaiah 6:5 Isaiah Cried “I am RUINED”!

Isa 6:5 So I said, “Oh, no! I’m doomed. Every word that passes through my lips is sinful. I live among people with sinful lips. I have seen the king, the LORD of Armies!”

v.5.a So I said, “Oh, no! I’m doomed. Every word that passes through my lips is sinful.

He straight away recognised that He was a sinner – unworthy to join in praising God with these Seraphs. The Worship and the Holiness of the God of Glory had so deeply impressed him and He cried out “I AM UNDONE, Woe is me!” He felt so unworthy of carrying God’s Message to this Rebellious and stubborn people of Israel and Judah.

v. 5.b. He was a person of unclean Lips.

What are my lips or your lips like as we contemplate the Greatness and Holiness of our Majestic God and saviour?

When I feel Unworthy of God’s Love.
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v.5.c. I have seen the king, the LORD of Armies!”

v.5.c. my eyes have seen the King, the LORD ALMIGHTY.

1Ti 6:16 He is the only one who cannot die. He lives in light that no one can come near. No one has seen him, nor can they see him. Honour and power belong to him forever! Amen.

Joh 1:18 No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.

Application: AS you draw near to God you must realise  that He is altogether holy and separated from us and our unworthiness. WE must cry out with Isaiah, Woe is me for I am undone!” Recognise and take responsibility!

Isaiah 6:4 Doors Shaking and Smoke in the Temple.

Isa 6:4 Their voices shook the foundations of the doorposts, and the temple filled with smoke.

Notes: What Vibrations were caused when the Seraphs spoke in perfect unison. This is like a large choir singing in perfect harmony together.

The doors and the Door jambs shook as they spoke with such power.

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The Glory of God descended when Solomon dedicated the earthly Temple of God in Jerusalem.

Application : What awesome creatures are these Seraphim that surround God’s Throne. When they speak everything shakes at the door posts. The very Temple fills with smoke so that we deduce from this that the Presence of the God of Glory has so much much energy and fire that the whole place is filled with smoke.

May the God Glory descend upon us today as we surrender our bodies as Temples of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 6 :3 Thrice Holy LORD Almighty

Isa 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth full of His glory.

“Holy, Holy, Holy”

Here are the Seraphs flying around the Throne crying out three times “Holy Holy Holy”. Cp Numbers 6:24-26 (Thrice Blessed)

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Yahweh (Jehovah) Saboath : The LORD of the Heavenly Armies of Angels which surround the Throne of God.


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1Ki 22:19 And he said, Hear therefore the Word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.

2Ch 18:18 Again he said, And hear the Word of Jehovah. I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of Heaven were standing on His right hand and on His left.

Psa 103:21 Bless Jehovah, all His hosts, ministers of His who do His pleasure.

v. 3.d the whole earth full of His glory. [or the earth is the fullness of His Glory] (marg.); All things which He has made on earth express His Glory.

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The Earth from Space

Isaiah 6:2-3 Seraphs flying in Reverent Awe.

Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphs; each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
Isa 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth full of His glory.

Notes: Above the Throne of God were Seraphim. They and Cheribim are the Highest echelons of Heavenly Beings. They are charged with the Protection of the Throne of God.

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v.2b. With two wings they cover their faces…..

Even though they are such powerful creatures of heaven they cover their faces out of reverential fear of God and His Son who is seated at His Right Hand.

2.c With two wings they cover their feet.

What an amazing picture. They cover their faces and their feet. What respect and what Protection and humility?

v.2.d. With two they were flying.    It seems that they did not stay in one place. The situation was so holy and the atmosphere so charged with the presence and power of God, they were continually on the move.

Isa 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth full of His glory.

And one cried to another – Hebrew ‘This cried to this.’ That is, they cried to each other in alternate responses. One cried ‘holy;’ the second repeated it; then the third; and then they probably united in the grand chorus, ‘Full is all the earth of his glory.’ This was an ancient mode of singing or recitative among the Hebrews; see Exo_15:20-21,

Holy Holy Holy   Holy, holy, holy – The “repetition” of a name, or of an expression, three times, was quite common among the Jews. Thus, in Jer_7:4, the Jews are represented by the prophet as saying, ‘the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, are these. Thus, Jer_22:29 : ‘O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord;’ Eze_21:27 Barnes Notes

See (Rev_4:8). The Trinity is implied (on “Lord,” see on Isa_6:1). God’s holiness is the keynote of Isaiah’s whole prophecies.

JFB Commentary says: whole earth — the Hebrew more emphatically, the fulness of the whole earth is His glory (Psa_24:1; A Psalm of David. The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness of it; the world, and those who dwell in it.

Psa_72:19). And blessed be His glorious name forever; and all the earth is filled with His glory! Amen and Amen.

Application :  When we understand the Majesty and the Power of God we also will bow in humble adoration and worship Him who is High and Lifted up and so Exalted in all the earth. All  the glory of our planet is just a small indication of who He is in the Universe. He is Lord. The Owner and possessor of AL things. He shouts, “This Universe is all MINE.”


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Isaiah 6:1 Isaiah’s Call as a Prophet of God.

Isa 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I had a vision of the LORD. He was on his throne high above, and his robe filled the temple.

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Isaiah’s Vision of God’s Throne

v.1 In the year that King Uzziah died,

The death of king Uzziah fixed the time of this vision .

2Ch 26:19 Uzziah, who was standing next to the incense altar at the time, was holding the incense burner, ready to offer incense to the LORD. He became very angry when he heard Azariah’s warning, and leprosy suddenly appeared on his forehead!
2Ch 26:20 Azariah and the other priests saw it and immediately told him to leave the temple. Uzziah realized that the LORD had punished him, so he hurried to get outside.
2Ch 26:21 Uzziah had leprosy the rest of his life. He was no longer allowed in the temple or in his own palace. That’s why his son Jotham lived there and ruled in his place.
2Ch 26:22 Everything else Uzziah did while he was king is in the records written by the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.
2Ch 26:23 Since Uzziah had leprosy, he could not be buried in the royal tombs.

…I saw the Lord……… [Adonai], or Master   In Is 6:5 Isaiah calls Him the LORD of Hosts or Yahweh Saboath: Jehovah who is the Commander of the heavenly Armies, The Ruler of the Universe.

Here we compare John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.     

Isaiah sees the throne, the robe, and the Seraphs but not the form of God Himself. This was different from the Shekinah Presence of the The LORD in the Holy of Holies of the earthly Temple in Jerusalem..

Psa 114:7 Earth, tremble at the presence of Jehovah, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Psa 114:8 who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

The whole earth trembles at the presence of God. What an awesome God we serve. It was Yahweh the Son who appeared to Him. Isaiah must have seen the Messiah. John 12:41 Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

This must have been a manifestation of the Divine Presence that they call a Christophanies in the Old Testament. Exo 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM. And He said, So you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you. See the Visitor to Manoah Judges 13: 1-19

It was from the Lord Jesus that Isaiah received His call to go out and prophesy to Judah.

He was on his throne high above,

1Ki 22:19 And he [Micaiah the prophet] said, Hear therefore the Word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left. Jer 17:12 Our holy place is a glorious throne, highly honoured from the beginning.

It was High and Lifted Up….   Jesus is exalted to the HIGHEST PLACE – He has a Name greater than any other Name. see Phil 2:9 Therefore God has exalted Him to the Highest Place…….

He is High and Lifted up in all the world. This is our Savour and Lord. His name is higher than any other.

Application : Isaiah had a Personal commissioning from the Lord Himself. Before you go to work for the Lord in Christian Service you need to be called by the Lord Himself.

Remember you are serving the One who is awesome and exalted to the Highest Place in the Universe.

Isaiah 5:26-29 The Nations Under God’s Control

Isa 5:26 The LORD raises up a flag for the nations far away. With a whistle he signals those at the ends of the earth. Look, they are coming very quickly!
Isa 5:27 None of them grow tired or stumble. None of them slumber or sleep. The belts on their waists aren’t loose or their sandal straps broken.

Notes v.26 He lifts up a banner……. (He raises a flag)

The nations are under His Control, and he can call whoever He pleases to execute His plans.

Isa 44:28 He says about Cyrus, “He is my shepherd. He will do everything I want him to do.” He says about Jerusalem, “It will be rebuilt.” He says about the temple, “Your foundation will be laid.” Did it happen It sure did. God used Cyrus the Persian King to fulfil His plans. He is using President Trump to fulfil His Plans in America.

The Banner = the ensign or standard or flag used by an army.

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God raises the Standard for War. Every battle is under His Control.

v.26c With a whistle he signals those at the ends of the earth.

In Syria and Israel the Bee keepers whistle with a flute to lead out and army of bees.

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Bee swarm

[Those of the ends of the earth] may mean China or Japan or SE Asia? When God calls them they will come.

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Chinese Troops ready for battle

Isa 5:27 None of them grow tired or stumble. None of them slumber or sleep. The belts on their waists aren’t loose or their sandal straps broken.

Note: the Condition of those who are summoned to the destruction of Jerusalem in OT. They are BOLD, BRAVE young men unwearied by the Long Journey. They had not relaxed and they were fully prepar-ed.

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Victory Parade in the RED Square in 1945.


Application: There is yet to be a confrontation between Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria against Little Israel. Ezekiel 38 :1-6. You can see this is building up right now with Iran, Russia Hezbollah and Turkey all in Syria

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Isaiah 5:24-25 The LORD’s ANGER burns against the lawless and Spurners of His Word.

Isa 5:24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 5:25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

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as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust:

Their very roots :i.e. the very foundations and the source of all their prosperity will decay. As quickly as grass sinks down in the flames they will disappear.

THE REASON: FOR THEIR DESTRUCTION WILL BE : Because they REJECTED the Law of the LORD Almighty. They followed their own way. 

and they Spurned the Word of the Holy One of Israel.   They SPURNED i.e. : They counted as of very little importance all the The LORD Almighty has said.

Application : The Australian Banking Royal Commission.

Read Justice ‘Kenneth Haynes Royal Commission Report alone can’t change the greedy Philosophy of the Four Big Banks in Australia. Apparently this problem of Banks ripping off their clients is not just here but global, especially in USA and Europe. The Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is rife with making dead persons pay fees and lending money who have no means of repaying then foreclosing and swindling the clients of their hard earned cash while paying their directors huge bonuses.

Isa 5:25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

2Ki 22:16 ‘This is what the LORD says: I’m going to bring disaster on this place and on the people living here according to everything written in the book that the king of Judah has read.
2Ki 22:17 I will do this because they have abandoned me and sacrificed to other gods in order to make me furious. Therefore, my burning anger directed at this place will never be extinguished.'”

2Ki 22:13 “On behalf of the people, all of Judah, and me, ask the LORD about the words in this book that has been found. The LORD’S fierce anger is directed towards us because our ancestors did not obey the things in this book or do everything written in it.”

and the hills did tremble,   Possibly the earthquake at the time of King Uzziah Jerm 4:24 Amos 1:1 and Zech 14:5.

and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets.   

Their dead bodies lie like manure and refuse in every street.

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For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

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Enormous stone hands hold up Vietnamese Bridge.

When God’s hand is raised in anger this was a sign that He would bring down Judah and take them off into captivity. Did this happen? Yes it did.

Isaiah 5:22-23 Woe to drunkards

Isa 5:22 How horrible it will be for those who are heroes at drinking wine, who are champions at mixing drinks,
Isa 5:23 who declare the guilty innocent for a bribe, who take away the rights of righteous people.

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Drunkards


Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine,…. That can bear a great deal, and not be overcome and intoxicated with it; or that try their strength this way with others, and get the mastery and glory in it: not mighty to fight their enemies,

Drunkards cannot enter heaven see :

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Isa 5:23 who declare the guilty innocent for a bribe, who take away the rights of righteous people. 

They acquit the guilty for a bribe and deny justice to the innocent.

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Giving a Bribe to a Policeman

It seems as if strong drinkers and bribes and Injustice go hand in hand. Because their ability to distinguish is diminished they are unable to clearly discern right from wrong.

drunkenness; excess in drinking of wine or strong drink, whereby the stomach is overcharged, the mind is intoxicated, and the body enfeebled and unable to perform its office; this is often the source of many, or all of the works of the flesh before mentioned:

revellings; excess in feed, nocturnal riotings in eating, drinking, dancing, singing, chambering and wantonness. The Syriac version renders it, זמרא, “lascivious singing”; and the Arabic version, “songs” which are a part of the nightly revels: and such like which are of the same nature and kind; so the apostle shuts up the account, it being too tedious to give an enumeration of all the works of the flesh; nor was it necessary, judgment may be made of the rest by these; nor might it be so proper, since the carnal heart is but the more pleased with, and irritated by, the mention of evil things: