by Christina Farris
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto 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 moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
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 me, 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.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
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.
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof. Who does God send? Who does God send to the sinful world. When God send Isaiah, it wasn't that he wasn't a believer, but he was man of unclean lips. God brings Isaiah to the throne room by vision. That vision is such that when the coal touches Isaiah lips to purify him, God says who will go? and Isaiah said here am I Lord, I will go. The convincing of God through vision, dreams, prophecy and more. Isaiah seemed to have it all in the book of Isaiah. Yet it began with a vision of God on the throne and seeing his own filthiness to even to be before the throne of God. God voice even shook the door post. No doubt the fear of God was at the throne and yet Isaiah said he would go. His eyes had seen God. He was willing to go, because he knew he would be preaching to the lost souls of Israel. One chance to go and tell the story to Israel of this God on the throne. The prophesy God would instruct Isaiah to preach would be one of destruction, desolation and hope.
In the continual Scripture Study it says no one has seen God at anytime. We must remember God is Spirit, so the one on the throne that Isaiah is seeing is Jehovah, which is the proper name of God. Jehovah would be the physical image of God. Yet God is Spirit. Why then emphasis verse 12 in I John 4 which says no one seen God when Isaiah clearly had. Doing a little research this morning on this issue and what we find is a reminder of God being Spirit. I John is speaking how the indwelling of the Holy Spirit has been given to the believer. The image of God the Father, Son and Spirit is necessary, because it explains the call of going, agreement to go and the agreement of allowing the Spirit of God to go forth with prophesy and to speak it.
I doubt if Isaiah understood it all at the moment he committed to God to go forth. The reality of God was before him. He had love ones back at home, he desired to share it with. Yet the rejection of what he spoke was told to him as well. It would be rejected until the time of desolation. Let me help with the image of rejection. Noah preached 100 years building an ark, and no one believed him until the rain came, and the people began to beat upon the side of the ship, yet the door was closed. The time of desolation is like that flood, though there is still hope, without complete annilation. That annilation of some not returning is based on sin, and unrepentance, never yielding to God.
Whoa is me to think of how far one can go into sin, before God gives a wake up call to one of his children. He did Isaiah. What about you? have you always walked by faith in Christ without falling away for a short time? Think hard on this. How many weeks have you gone without God's word in your life and not even a simple prayer or praise of gratitude on your lips, though you may even have attended church, but those words song had no meaning at time. Sin can be at the heart and not always seen by others. Sin of anger, doubt, lack of trust, lack of hope and confusion of faith, and just pure out temptation of the devil one yields to because of not fully grasping that truly it is sin. Then think for a moment if you living the purified heart life, what woke you to ability to go forth for Jesus in away not been seen before in your own life. How did God call you back up into service for Him that you never could look back anymore? What if this part does not apply to you today, take it as a warning to not fall away. No one wants to find themselves with unclean lips, or unclean any part of the body or spirit when they stand before the throne of God. Think how hot those coals were and how those lips of Isaiah swelled from that burn of the coal. Give you second thoughts about failing God. Yet as Christians we have a protection that is Jesus.
The protection of Jesus was sent to us. He was and is the Son of God sent to us for the purpose of protection of standing at the throne. Now the word alone will burn your heart and soul unto repentance as a believer. Yet the fire of God burning in our hearts not only set us a blaze but will and can set others a blaze for him. Has people heard those prophecy and eyes were open to the truth of the reality of those words Isaiah spoke they would fall to their knees in repentance and some to fear and other running futher from God if that is even possible. Jesus is holy the worshippers of God worship in spirit and in truth. God sent his Son, he sent him to be propiator for our sin. Jesus does not justify our sin. Our sin is condemned even by the lawyer, but the sin is forgiven because of our blindness. Israel sin is forgiven because of their blindness, not because unrepentance. If God blinds his holy people only for time so they know the wickness of sin, can they be guilty, definitely not. Yet if the holy people sin to sin and turn from God willingly then they are guilty of sin.
God sent Jesus to tell them He forgave them for there blindness for crucifying His name with just their actions alone that the world could see. Sometimes our need to be as the world is only a blinding of God when our heart truly desires him. A believer can seek the world and never be satisfied. Yet they seek God and it like a pacifer in a baby mouth. There is nothing else out there in the world of sin that can compare to the love of God. We live in a sad day and time if one's church is less freeing then the world. The world judges no one now a days beyond the law of the land. No one cares what another is doing and even sends words of encouragement that is not always true, but that is a falsehood. In truth the christian world needs to be a place of encouragement and expression of the love of God. God's love compels. God's love is beyond the scope of any love anyone ever has experience outside the love of God. I can remember when I was sick and I desired comfort and I was not getting what I needed at the moment, it had nothing to do with the love of family or friends, it had to do with the love of God. I need to feel his love and realized I was not seeking him. God had not stopped loving me, but I found I had failed Jesus. How we fail God in our life time is often seen through our crisis, temptations, and struggles. That glory road is seen only through a child of God that learned to walk in full assurance of faith and obedience to him. The relationship and struggle of faith is seen in all believers and yet few beleivers speak about it afraid to say yes it happens.
Isaiah a man of unclean lips set on fire by God presence, he knew he could no longer be silent if God could purify his lips. God took and began to purify him from the moment of faith at his presence. The Spirit of God filled that throne room, with a dense fog/smoke like appearance. I have only witness that once in my life, but I knew it was for a reason. God was telling me He was in this place and I would see what was going to take place. Did I know it then, no but I know it now. The filth of sin that had reached God in that place, he would purge it. He did so. God wants to purify the heart and soul of man. Man must be willing to yield not to the emotion necessarily but to the power of God to intercede and work in one's life. If you want God to change you, you must allow God to change you and to warn you of impeding trouble and struggles. The reliance on the word must be there. Jesus is our purifier and purges us from all sin, when we allow him too. He does it because He loves us, not because He wants to restrict us. He wants our heart to change of belief so he can have a relationship with us.
Isaiah would go forth and preach and no one would believe, until desolation came on Israel. A powerful nation even in times of sin, they had forsaken God and followed after false and seducing spirits. Following after their own desires and will and no longer seeking after God beyond simple lip service or ceremonial service to God. One more thing who is God going to send, people that understand where others are coming from. Isaiah knew first hand how to minister to Israel as repentance came.
Dear Heavenly Father seen your children with a prepare heart of the need for repentance the need for your love in their life. Help them know the love of God is greater then their sin. Remind them you sent Jesus to tell them that, because He desires a relationship with you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 John 4:7-17 KJV
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.