In Isaiah chapter 6, there’s this amazing scene, where the prophet Isaiah experiences a vision of Christ in His glory sitting on His throne. When he lays eyes on Jesus, he cries out, “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!” (Isa.6:5)
An angel comes down and cleanses Isaiah of His sin by touching a burning coal to his lips, and then Isaiah hears the Lord say, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (v. 8a) Isaiah responds, “Here am I! Send me” (v. 8b).
Right up until that point, this sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Whenever I read that part, I always imagine this epic hero-type scene, where Isaiah “man’s up” and essentially says, “Don’t worry, I’ll handle this!” You know the kind of thing, I’m talking about, right?
But I can only do that, if I stop reading at verse 8. Because after that, he actually receives his marching orders:
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” (v. 9b-1o).
Essentially, what Isaiah is told is this: You are called to harden the hearts of the people. You are called to be ignored. [Read more…] about Called to be Ignored