visions of Godís judgment, but now comes a major different sort of vision. Not a vision concerning the state of the nation, but a vision of God himself- a vision of God which is going to lead to, if you will, the main calling of Isaiah.
So, what is going on here in chapter 6? First of all, of course, Isaiah has this vision of God in the Temple. This is one of the pinnacles of the Old Testament, this description of the vision of God. It is a key in the preparation of Isaiah for his main work of prophecy. He had received visions, he had received words of God, but now something different is going on

This is the year that king Uzziah died. At the end of Uzziahís reign, Isaiah has this vision of God. I thin what Barry Webb says in his commentary on Isaiah in The Bible Speaks Today series is quite helpful. He says that chapters 1 to 5 were very general in character, laying out the broad themes of judgment and salvation, without relating them to specific historical events. Chapters 7 to 12 show the judgment passed on by the Lord in chapter 6 began to be worked out in the specifics. We move from one stage of Isaiahís ministry to another definitely called stage.

Isaiah was almost certainly a priest in the Temple, and in the year that Uzziah dies he has the vision where he sees the King. He sees the Lord seated on a throne and exalted, the train of his robe filling the Temple. Isaiah sees seraphs and their words to one another:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty. The whole earth is full of his glory.
and here immediately we think of those words in Revelation describing Johnís vision of the worship of heaven
Day and night they (the seraphs) never stopped saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God
Almighty, who was and is and is to come.
Isaiah is seeing God and the heavenly worship. He is seeing things given to very few to see. He sees the holiness of God. We generally associate the word íholyí either with a very moral quality of life (we call someone a íholy Joeí, or we say someone is íholier than thouí if theyíre trying to make themselves out to be better than the crowd. Thereís that moral aspect of holiness. Thereís a holiness which we associate with church worship, but when we speak about Godís holiness we use a rather different aspect- we concentrate on Godís uniqueness, his glory, his sovereignty, upon the fact that he is high and lifted up. Holiness has very much to do with God who is the very essence of moral goodness and moral purity- really with his difference Words of Faberís hymn come to mind

How wonderful, how beautiful
the sight ot Thee must be.
Thine endless wisdom, boundless power
and awful purity

There is that orge theos- that awe and dread of the holy. We speak of theses things; we would perhaps better stand in awe and fear and trembling.

Consider Isaiahís response, his feeling. He tells us:
The door posts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.