Then one of the angels flew down to me, carrying a burning coal that he had taken from the heavenly altar with a pair of tongs.
He touched my lips with the burning coal and said, “This has touched your lips, and now your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord say, “Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?” Isaiah answered, “I will go! Send me!"
Isaiah tells of the weird vision that "called" him to become a prophet. It seems weird and far fetched to us, but whatever it was, it was certainly very real for him.
In the Bible, prophets did not just tell the future; they were the lifestyle gurus of religious life, warning people of the dire consequences of ignoring or disobeying God. Some clever people think that Isaiah was head of a sort of life-style and religious "gang"...
... and maybe, just maybe, several of the team contributed to the book that bears his name.
The most celebrated piece of his work is in Chapter 53 when he writes about someone who is given a very special job.
the pain that we should have borne.
All the while we thought that his suffering
was punishment sent by God.
But because of our sins he was wounded,
beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
made whole by the blows he received.
... and once we got to the town I asked Dad why we didn't catch the train all the way to Shanklin. He said the station was a long way from Mrs Miggins' and the bus would drop us nearly at the door.
[fbb comment : present-day readers may well be amazed at these two "blogs". Holiday-makers trekking to the Isle of Wight on a peak Saturday in August 1962 would have needed patience, resilience and a strong constitution. But they would have expected queues and been prepared for the inconvenience. Some of the pictures have their origin in a film produced for Mark Woodnutt (then the Island's M.P.) ...
... to try to persuade the government not to close the whole of the Island's rail network. The full film is available on a DVD in the "Isle of Wight Runaround" series but, sadly, fbb cannot find any on-line source. Most of the lines did close but the fears of gridlock were unfounded as the traditional fortnight's holiday trade was also disappearing. Nowadays the Saturday "changeover" barely exists with most coming by car for "long weekends" or "midweeks". Low season business is now almost entirely coach holidays with this time of year seeing "Tinsel and Turkey" parties ...