Based on the story of Isaiah 6: 1-13
Isaiah 6: 5-7
5 Then said I, 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 mine eyes have seen the king, the Lord of hosts. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto men having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
In verse 5 Isaiah observed his sinfulness before God and he confesses his sins to God. This should be an encouragement to us. Isaiah is also forgiven, showing us that we too will be forgiven.
Isaiah saw God in his holiness, when he saw the Throne, the attending seraphims (angels) and the threefold (holy trinity). This was important for Isaiah to see. This is when Isaiah discovered God’s Holiness.
We also need to discover God’s holiness. Our daily experiences, society’s pressures, and our shortcomings reduce and narrow our view of God.
We need the bible’s view of God as high and lifted up to lift us out of our problems and concerns. God’s moral perfection, properly seen, purifies us from sin, cleanses our mind from our problems, and enables us to worship and serve.
Isaiah realized he was hopeless in measuring up to God’s standard of holiness. (we all are.) He was told his sins were forgiven when his lips touched the burning coal. It wasn’t the coal that made him clean but of course God. He had to go through this painful process in order for God to cleanse him. Isaiah devoted himself to God in response to being forgiven. Isaiah was now able to fulfill the task which God was calling him to be. That task was to go to be a messenger to God’s people. This was not going to be an easy task but Isaiah was devoted no matter how hard it would be.
“Before we accept God’s call to speak for him to those around us we must be cleaned as Isaiah was. Letting God purify us may be painful (mentally, emotionally, physically) but we must be purified so that we can truly represent God, who is pure and holy.”
Isaiah 6:9 – 10
9 And he said, Go and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
“God tells Isaiah the people would listen but would not learn because their hearts had hardened beyond repentance. God’s patience with their chronic rebellion was finally exhausted, and his judgement was to abandon them to their rebellion and hardness of heart.”
Of God – to relent or change mind and heart;
Of man – to be sorry, to make a moral U-turn from sin to God
Is as useless as a lump of clay or a hardened loaf of bread. Nothing can restore it or make it useful. The person is so stubbornly set in his ways that he can not turn to God. It happens over time and it’s a result of choosing to disregard God’s will over and over. If you resist it long enough he may cast you aside like the hardened loaf of bread.
The people would only listen after the land was destroyed by being invaded with armies, the people would be taken captive and have nowhere else to turn. Or it would be the people who returned to Babylone to rebuild it.
Even in Judgement God is merciful.
Exodus 34: 6 – 7
And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
God’s glory is revealed through his mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, longsuffering, truth, goodness, justice. His love cannot be diminished.
We can achieve encouragement from God’s promise to uphold his people.
We can not do anything of lasting value without God. We are powerless.
We receive power when:
- We remember and realize how great our God is.
- How sinful we are.
- And when we recognize the extent of his forgiveness.
- Morally perfect.
- Set apart from all sin.
“King Uzziah died of leprosy for trying to take over the High Priest’s duties. (2 Chronicles 26:18-21) He was a good king, despite this, but many of his people turned away from God and our goal should be to get people to turn to God.” Study Bible – KJV
“This is the only time the seraphims are mentioned in the bible. They are angelic beings created by God. Isaiah was able to understand them they spoke to him and as they praised God.” Study Bible – KJV
When will you listen to God? Must you go through hardships and misfortunes before you listen to God? Is God telling you to obey before time runs out?