Scripture for you to look up:
- Isaiah 6:1-8
"In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:1-8
This passage is so rich. From the holiness of God (we'll talk about that in a couple of days) to the mind-blowing thought that FOR ALL ETERNITY angels have stood around His throne singing "holy, holy, holy". He is an awe-inspiring God. One thing I love most about this passage is the reminder that every single thing on earth was created for His glory. Every tree, every fish, every animal in the forest, every flower on a bush, every sunset, every blow of the wind... literally everything was created to reveal His glory. His beauty. His splendor. The trees in their very existence glorify God. Isn't that an incredible concept? Just by being, they are pointing to the glory of God. What a great reminder to keep my eyes open, keep my heart free of distractions, and recognize His glory that literally surrounds me.
Another huge part of this passage for me is the end. Isaiah has had this vision, He's seen the glory of God, He's seen angels singing around the throne. What is His response? He seems himself for who He is... sinful man. Friends, it is impossible for us to come face to face with the glory of God and not be reminded of our sin at the same time. We cannot fully see Him and not fully see ourselves at the same time. Praise Jesus, it doesn't stop there.
A burning coal from the alter touches Isaiah's lips and God declares him forgiven. OUR SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN. Because of the grace of Jesus, we can be faced with our sin, cleansed, and forgiven. BUT IT DOESN'T STOP THERE!
What is Isaiah's response to being forgiven of sin? "Send me, Lord, send me!" The grace of God transforms us and because of that transforming grace, we should walk in willful obedience. Grace calls us to be obedient to what the Lord tells us to do.
I'm loving this passage so much and I feel like there's much to reflect on. I pray that today you'll read through this passage and think about the different responses we should have to it. Repentance, praise over His forgiveness, and obedience because of grace. This is going to be a GOOD week of study, my friends!