Saturday, June 21, 2008

"Here am I, send me!"

For as long as I can remember, I have heard the passage from Isaiah 6:8 used as showcase of Isaiah's faith and courage in being willing to be used of God.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

This passage is often used to create evangelistic zeal,

"Will we answer as Isaiah did, Here am I - send me!"
But what is really going on in this passage? Listen to this clip from Pastor Jim McClarty.

1 comment:

Sam said...

I'm glad he pointed that out! I've read that passage many times, but it never really hit me.

Another interpretation of that passage that is exclusively my own (at least I haven't heard it anywhere else) is that, while the the passage is clearly referring to Isaiah, it is also Messaianic. Much of scripture is that way.

Christ "volunteered" to go on behalf of the godhead ("Here am I, send me"...See Flavel 'Fountain of Life'), take on flesh, and become man. While much of Christ's ministry was calling out those that were his, part of it was also blinding the eyes of those such as the pharisees so that they would be without excuse.

Jesus said to them, " has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.... I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
"But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." Matthew 13:11-17

I don't know how accurate that is, but that's how I've interpreted it for a long time now.