Isaiah 6: The Results
Isaiah receives his commission in chapter 6 of the book bearing his name. He sees a vision, and in that vision, he is told by God to go out to the people and preach to them. However, his results are going to be interesting.
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
He volunteers to go as a missionary, but God tells him to preach the gospel. However, verse 10 give us some interesting thoughts. The first part is what will happen if they continually hear what Isaiah is saying but never respond.
Basically, their hearts will be so full of knowledge, their ears will hear so much, and their eyes will see so much because of the work of Isaiah. His job is to give them everything that God wants him to give, but back in verse nine, it is pretty much already assumed that they are not going to understand. That is why the judgment is coming. These people are shutting out the things of God, and that will naturally include the words of the prophet as well.
Sometimes we can feel like Isaiah must have felt. He knows he is going to preach. He knows that is the will of God. However, he knows that very few, if any, of the people are going to respond. However, he still volunteered to go. He was still willing to be used by God in whatever capacity was necessary at that time. That is a good model for us to follow.