when Isaiah was a young man, he went to the temple to worship.
There he had a vision of the Lord sitting on his throne while the
angels sang, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the
whole earth is full of his glory."
Isaiah thought about how great and holy God is, he felt small and
unworthy. He prayed, "Woe is me, for
I am lost. I say
wrong things and I live among people who speak falsely."
were touched and his sin taken away. Then the voice of the Lord
asked, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for me?"
To this, Isaiah
answered, "Here I am; send me."
From that time
on, Isaiah spoke God's words boldly. He lived in Jerusalem and was
well acquainted with the king's family and the other rulers.
During his life, four different kings reigned - Uzziah, Jotham,
Ahaz, and Hezekiah. Isaiah tried to persuade each of them to trust
in God instead of heathen princes. His advice was more respected
by Hezekiah than by the others.