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Isaiah 6

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Isaiah’s vision

Overview:

The mighty awesome holiness of God

            What happens when we see God for who he really is?         

            We often want to package God to meet our own needs and perceptions.

            Isaiah’s response to this holiness

                        Isaiah’s cleaning of sinfulness

            Isaiah’s commission

                        His response to God’s calling

                                    His willingness to serve

God works through people

Scripture

" In the year of King Uzziah’s death

The Glory of God

I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.

Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

            God is holy in that he is totally unique, one of a kind. Man and animal reproduce after her and his own kind. But not so with God.

           

            He is set apart, separated from everything.

            God is the embodiment of all that is absolute purity and goodness.

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.

            The whole earth shutters at the force of Hurricane Ike- Tsunamis.

            Humans marvel at the Grand Tetons, Redwood forests. The Grand Canyon- all speak toward the greatness of God.

                        In our finite minds, we begin to underestimate the vastness of God.

His response

Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

            Notice the prophet’s response. He does not become more assured of himself, more confident, or holy… As God draws him in close to witness his glory and majesty, the prophet becomes painfully aware of his own sinfulness.  Echoing the words of Peter in the boat, “Lord depart from me for I am a sinful man”

            Coming face to face with God- we gain an acute sense of our own ungodliness, hypocrisy, inconsistencies, and selfishness.

            We become undone and can only force ourselves upon the mercy of a loving God.

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

            God provided the perversion of the prophets own heart removed. In the same way, God provides his son as a sacrifice to remove our own crookedness and sinfulness.

Then 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!”"

            While in the presence of God, in right fellowship with God, the prophet is now prepared to hear the voice of God call out, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? 

            Immediately, the prophet yields up to the desire of God. To be a spokesmen of Yahweh to the nation of Israel.

Truths

We must acknowledge God for who is

            He is holy

                        We can not make him to fit our own desires or preconceptions.

                                    We need to see ourselves for who we are

                        We must come to him on his terms.

                                    We must acknowledge his sovereignty.

                        We must make ourselves available

                                    We can not follow our own agenda

Applications

            Personally:

                        Come humbly before him

                                    Confess, repent

                        Give him your life

                                    Obey Him

                        Seek his will

                                    Make yourself available

            As a church

                       

                        Gather

                        Submit                                     Seek God’s will for our church.

                        Prayer and fast

                                    God is not hiring workers for him

                                    God wants to work through us.

                       

                       

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