Exegesis Isaiah 6:1-13
Isaiah is considered the Paul of the Old Testament (Orr, 1495 Vol. 3). He was the son of Amoz and seems to have belonged to a family with an implied ranking hence the easy access to King Uzziah found in Isaiah 7:3 (Orr, 1495 Vol. 3). In Isaiah 1:1, Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of King Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah who were all kings of Judah (Orr, 1496 Vol. 3). In Isaiah 6:1, Isaiah dates his inaugural vision which dates 740 BC, which is the year that not only does King Uzziah dies, but also that Isaiah starts his prophetic ministry (Orr, 1496 Vol. 3). “…Isaiah spoke against the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah and its capital Jerusalem. Crucially, Isaiah lived to see what happened when the Northern Kingdom of Israel was invaded and dismantled by the Assyrians in 721BC (2 Kings 17:5-41) in fulfillment of the prophecies of Amos and Hosea, and this terrifying event deeply affected people like Isaiah and many others in Judah and Jerusalem” (Ashby). Isaiah’s writings were in both narrative and poetic forms. “For versatility of expression and brilliancy of imagery Isaiah has no superior or even rival. His style marks the climax of Hebrew literary art. Beauty and strength are characteristics of his entire book. Isaiah was also an orator: Jerome likened him to Demosthenes; and a poet: he frequently elaborates his message in rhythmic or poetic style….” (Orr, 1496 Vol. 3). “The Prophet Isaiah was primarily called to prophesy to the Kingdom of Judah. Judah was going through times of revival and times of rebellion. Judah was threatened with destruction by Assyria and Egypt, but was spared because of God’s mercy. Isaiah proclaimed a message of repentance from sin and hopeful expectation of God’s deliverance in the future” (Houdmann, 2012).
Chapter 6 of Isaiah starts out with Isaiah himself narrating in verse one looking back when King Uzziah died, he saw the Lord upon His throne which is to say that it was...