- "In attendance upon the throne, and as a
living canopy for it, stood the seraphim. Their name ('burners')
witnessed to the awful splendor that surrounded them, the radiance
of that uncreated light before which they lived and ministered. .
.Seraph cried to seraph, owning the holiness of the Lord, Jehovah of
hosts. The threefold 'holy' of their homage was more than emphasis;
it bore its own testimony to the Trinity of God. The title, 'Lord of
hosts,' used in the Old Testament from 1 Samuel onwards, told of One
at whose bidding there awaited the unnumbered armies of heaven. . .
- "Of primary importance is the quotation in John 12 of a later verse
in this sixth chapter of Isaiah. The apostle writes: 'These things
said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.' Therefore, He
whom the prophet saw in his vision was our Lord Jesus Christ,
throned in His rightful glory ere He came to effect redemption. From
that majesty He stooped to humiliation and suffering and to the
sorrows of the Cross.
- "Who shall fathom that
From His rainbow-circled throne,
Down to earth's most
Dying, desolate, alone —
From the Holy holy, holy,
We adore Thee, O Most High,
Down to earth's blaspheming voices,
the shout of 'Crucify'?
- "The words of the seraph
looked beyond the sufferings of Christ to the glory that should
follow and to the time when earth, which saw His advent in
lowliness, should see Him come in power and great glory. So certain
are the purposes of God that Heaven could speak of the future as
though already realized. . .
- "Only the Lord could be enthroned in the temple; only His glory
shall spread through the earth, 'for the Lord alone shall be exalted
in that day' (Isa. 2:11). He can have no rivals. All dominion must
be His. The house was filled with smoke, even as 'Sinai was
altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire'
(Ex. 19:18). The holiness of God must have its way throughout His
dwelling place; nought could be exempt from its searching claims. .
- "As Jeremiah said, 'Jehovah is the God of truth, he is the living
God, and a king of eternity' (Jer. 10:10, marg.) Isaiah had seen him
with his very eyes. . .Because he had seen Him, and had seen all
loveliness radiant on His face, he could speak the words in later
prophecy that have so stirred the longing of the redeemed and filled
their hearts with gladness and awe: 'Thine eyes shall see the King
in His beauty' (Isa. 33:17).
- "That which touched Isaiah's lips was a coal from off
the altar, a live coal, i.e., with the altar fire burning brightly in it. . .The
value of the live coal lay not in the fire as viewed in itself, but
in the fact that it had first fed upon the sacrifice. It was the
worth of the latter, as given to God in death, that could alone
take away sin. Applied to Isaiah's lips, it dealt with their
iniquity, for it was anticipative of the one sacrifice of infinite
and eternal worth, even that of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary. In
that sacrifice, the holiness of God would be fully vindicated and
fully satisfied, so that no stain of sin would remain upon those
whose cleansing it would effect.
- "The Christ of the throne is the Christ of the Cross. The Sovereign
of the universe is the Sacrifice for sins. When Isaiah beheld His
glory, more than seven hundred years were to pass before He should
leave the throne for the lowliness of the manger, the loneliness of
Judaea's hills, the sorrow of Gethsemane, and the forsakenenss of
Golgotha, but even in the unfathomable woes of His sin-bearing, He
was the same Person as when He reigned amid the seraphim."
- (H. C. Hewlett, The Companion of the Way, pp. 86-91).