I S A I A H.
Hitherto, it should seem, Isaiah had prophesied as
a candidate, having only a virtual and tacit commission; but here
we have him (if I may so speak) solemnly ordained and set apart to
the prophetic office by a more express or explicit commission, as
his work grew more upon his hands: or perhaps, having seen little
success of his ministry, he began to think of giving it up; and
therefore God saw fit to renew his commission here in this chapter,
in such a manner as might excite and encourage his zeal and
industry in the execution of it, though he seemed to labour in
vain. In this chapter we have, I. A very awful vision which Isaiah
saw of the glory of God (ver.
1-4), the terror it put him into (ver. 5), and the relief given him against that
terror by an assurance of the pardon of his sins, ver. 6, 7. II. A very awful
commission which Isaiah received to go as a prophet, in God's name
(ver. 8), by his preaching
to harden the impenitent in sin and ripen them for ruin (ver. 9-12) yet with a reservation
of mercy for a remnant, (ver.
13). And it was as to an evangelical prophet that these
things were shown him and said to him.