Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who will I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me.
Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Isaiah 6:8). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Isaiah was an amazing man of God. He stood in God’s presence. He knew God intimately. One day he heard God say “Whom will I send?” He didn’t look around to look and see who God was talking to. Isaiah heard the voice of his Master. Isaiah understood that God’s goal for us is obedience. That was Isaiah’s heart.
God wasn’t necessarily talking to Isaiah. God needed someone to go on a mission for Him. Isaiah answered even though God wasn’t talking to him. He was ready and had a heart to go.
In his heavenly council Yahweh asks the question, “Who will go for us?”.
Isaiah volunteers and Yahweh immediately commissions him. The commission consists of a declaration that Isaiah’s ministry is going to be hard and long. His message will prick the conscience of people, but they will harden themselves against God and his Word.
Isaiah is shown the desolation of the land and the exile of the population. The emphasis is on judgment, devastation, and desolation. Yet, there is hope, for the “holy seed” will remain. Isaiah begins chapter 1 with “the brood of evildoers” (lit. seed of …) and concludes chapter 6 with a ray of hope (“holy seed”).
God asked, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? The word “Us” in reference to God hints at the Trinity. This doctrine, though not explicit in the Old Testament, is implicit for God is the same God in both Testaments.
The question “Who will go?” does not mean God did not know or that He only hoped someone would respond. He asked the question to give Isaiah, now cleansed, an opportunity for service. The prophet knew that the entire nation needed the same kind of awareness of God and cleansing of sin he had received. So he responded that he would willingly serve the Lord (Here am I).
Obedience and love
Is there a connection between obedience and love? Absolutely there is. When we love, we obey. There is the goal of God for us in our lives. Our prayer to God is “Your Kingdom come, your will be done”. That is the main thing about the main thing.
- John 14:15 — 15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
- 1 John 5:3 — 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
- Psalm 119:167 — 167 My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly.
- 1 John 2:5 — 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
- 1 John 3:10 — 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
- 2 John 6 — 6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.