Who is Jesus: The Revelation of Isaiah and the Blindness upon Israel
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,(Isaiah 6:1-11|KJV–
In this particular year, God revealed Himself to prophet Isaiah, through this revelation, Isaiah was able to peep through heaven as saw the splendor of our God, he compared that with his present estate and discovered how undone he was to be held God.
God is actually in a class of His own, the earth is not worthy to host Him, yet He became man, lived among us and died for our sake.
Isaiah caught this revelation of whom Christ is in this very year, he identified Him as Emmanuel”God with us” (Isa.7:14). But while prophet Isaiah knew whom this Jesus is and where He came from, the people of israel were ignorant of His identity because God blinded their eyes to see and not recognize Him and to hear and not to harken.
So this is simply why Israel refused Christ as their jehovah. All they knew of Christ was that He was the son of Joseph the carpenter and they did not know that same is the God who brought them out of the wilderness and gave them the land of the heathen for an inheritance.
Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.(Isaiah 53:1-2|KJV-
This was the lamentations of prophet Isaiah concerning Christ and Israel, Isaiah knew very well that no Jew will believe this report and that it is not given to any man to know whom Jesus Christ is until the arm of the Lord reveal it to such a man.
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say (3303) that thou art John the Baptist:, (1161) some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.(Matthew 16:13-17|KJV
Dear people of God, there is something about the identity of Christ that was hidden from the foundation of the world and no man knows whom the Father is except the Son and no man knows whom the Son is except the Father and to whom Him the Father will reveal Him to. It takes revelation from God the Father to know whom Christ is, He is not just the Son of Mary, He is not just from the tribe of Judah, He is not just the seed of Abraham; there is the identity He has that made Him equal to the Godhead and that identity was hidden from Israel.
Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never,, taste of death. Art (3361) thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honor myself, my honor is nothing: it is my Father that honoreth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I (3754) know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.(John 8:52-59|KJV
One of the biggest heresy the Jews can never accept is for a man to come and claim to be their God. They knew God to be Spirit, they knew the kind of experience their Fathers had with Him in the wilderness so it became a taboo for Jesus to come and claim to be God before them; but that’s what Blindness can do to a man.
Therefore they rejected Christ as their Messiah, they conspired and killed Him and thought in their heart that they have defeated the purposes of God, but they did not know they were only fulfilling a divine agenda that was set from the foundation of the world. So this particular knowledge of Whom Christ is was hidden from Israel and till today they are still slaughtering lamb and offering sacrifice but this blindness will not last forever for in no due time, their eyes shall be open and Christ shall return again for their own salvation. And apart from this blindness, if you look at verse 11-12 of where we took our text from Isaiah 6, you will see how God design that Israel will be scattered and lie in waste, all this was to archive an agenda.
So tomorrow, we are going to discuss why God blinded Israel. God bless you.