The great and eloquent prophet, Isaiah, had what was at first a terrifying encounter with the Holy One of Israel in a vision. He knew he would be a goner. Not only was the Lord high and lifted up, but his holiness was too much to look upon. And this Holy One was named by the celestial beings who stood guard, as being thrice holy. Fortunately, Isaiah not only encountered a holy God, but he also encountered a merciful God as well.