This is a subsidiary post of A Hardened Heart.
Isaiah 6:1-13 describes how Isaiah saw the Lord in His glory – and how he was comforted, and then called to preach to Israel. This passage is given significant emphasis in the ministry of Jesus and His apostles as seen in the frequency and manner in which is quoted.
This passage is quoted in all four Gospels as well as the book of Acts. Jesus and His apostles used it to communicate that God had long ago foreseen that the nation would reject God’s message and work, while a remnant of it would nonetheless believe and be saved. This is confirmed by passages such as Matthew 21:43; Romans 9:27; 11:8 and 1 Peter 2:8.
This deliverance of the people of God from Israel follows the pattern of God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt in the days of Moses and Pharaoh. As Pharaoh put burdens on the people, so the Pharisees and Sadducees put burdens on the people. As God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so he hardened the hearts of Israel’s leaders. As the Israelites were led out of their slavery to Egypt, so the people of God were led out of their slavery to the world.