Our Bible passage today is Isaiah Chapter 6 verses 1 to 8, perhaps one of the more well-known passages in the first part of the book, and is an inspiration for several Christian hymns and songs.
If the first 5 chapters serve as a bit of an introduction, here is where the historical story begins, ‘In the year that King Uzziah died…’ (740 BC).
And Isaiah has a vision or a dream of being in the presence of the Lord in all His heavenly majesty and mystery (vs.1-4), and he is terrified, mainly because in the presence of a holy God he is conscious of his own sinfulness, as well as that of the people around him (v.5). And as I hinted yesterday, that is almost always a good place to start.
However, one of the angelic beings, a seraph, takes a hot coal from the altar and touches Isaiah’s mouth and lips, as a sign that he is forgiven, his guilt is taken away, his sin atoned for, he is made clean, and therefore can be in the presence of God (vs.6-7).
Here is both an enactment of the ceremonies on the Day of Atonement as outlined in Leviticus Ch.16, but also a picture of what the death and blood of Jesus does for us,;we too can be made clean when we repent and believe, and therefore we too can be in the presence of a holy God.
But Isaiah is not just content with being made right with God, he is now ready to serve; and so when the call from the Lord goes out for someone to take the message of the Lord, Isaiah responds, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ (v.8). Here is the model response for every believer to be ready to go when the Lord calls.
From our church address list let us remember in our prayers today,- Derek & Joanna- Doreen