What does all of this say about Isaiah’s call and its position in chapter six of Isaiah?- Chapter 6 is placed where it is as the solution to the problem raised in Chapters 1-5.• Ch 1-5 - The Problem: How can disobedient Israel become a clean, pure Israel with a mission to the world? Ch 6 - The Answer: When Israel has an experience like Isaiah, a man of unclean lips, then they can become that pure nation. In his vision of the Lord, Isaiah is like a bale of hay before a blasting furnace. Completely undone, he has nothing to offer and cannot even repent. A seraph brings a coal from the altar to burn and cleanse Isaiah’s unclean lips to atone for his sin. Then, suddenly, Isaiah can hear God’s question, “Who will go for us? Whom shall we send?” Isaiah says, “Here I am, Lord, send me!” Because of his experience of God’s grace, Isaiah wants to be used by God for God’s sake. Like Isaiah, Israel needed to realize how desperately sinful she was. Then she would be in a position to hear God and be ready to receive a gracious deliverance. -The rest of the book broadly follows the outline of Chapter 6- A vision of the Lord, the Holy One of Israel-A vision of themselves, unable to live in His presence-Gracious deliverance-Commission to service-Mission to the world
Chapter 6 is an interpretive key for the rest of the book.