1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.
2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said: “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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
In this familiar passage I want to look at Isaiah for a moment. We usually look at God in this passage for He is the main character of the story. But Isaiah’s responses are notable. After the death of a great human king, God wanted Isaiah to see Him. So God opened the window of heaven for a moment and Isaiah saw the throne of God. This was an amazing sight to behold, one that defies human description. When Isaiah finds himself in the presence of God Almighty he said, “woe is me.” He was accustomed to standing before the king of Israel and giving his message but standing before God was a new and a humbling experience. All the prophet could say was, “woe is me.”
But then, something happened to Isaiah. God sent an angel with a coal from the alter of God. These coals were dripped with the blood of the Lamb slain before the foundation of the earth. As the angel touched Isaiah’s lips with this blood dripped coal, Isaiah was cleansed of his sin and realized that God had made him righteous by grace. Isaiah did nothing but receive the grace of God. This is a clear picture of our salvation. We do nothing, God initiates, God moves, and God touches us with His saving grace.
After this, Isaiah heard the voice of God but now there was a different affect on the prophet. Now, instead of fear, the redeemed prophet heard the call of God. And now, with a new heart, Isaiah is not shuddering in fear but is telling God that he is ready to be sent.
Is this not a beautiful picture of what salvation should do for each of us? We are afraid of God until He reaches out by His grace and saves us. Knowing we are saved we hear the call of God to tell others of this amazing grace. The voice that used to incite fear now brings us to loving submission and our only words should be “here am I, Lord, send me.”
It is Friday. Where has this week gone? I have mentioned Sunday’s guest, Roy Schwarz, a Christ following Jew who will present Christ to us with clarity and a thrill that only a redeemed Jew can. You don’t want to miss this Palm Sunday message.
Sunday afternoon is our last small group church meeting. If you have not made it to one this is your last opportunity. It starts at 4:00 at my house and will be over at 5:30.
There is a VBS meeting for all volunteers following the morning service on Sunday. Plan to stay for a few minutes as we introduce this year’s theme and give you opportunities to sign up.
Have a great day in the Lord,