Scripture reading for July 28th: Isaiah 2-6
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-3 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings: With tow wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Isaiah describes the vision he was allowed to see of the throne of God. He was overcome with the glory of the Lord and confessed his uncleanness and need of cleansing. The sight of God’s throne and the heavenly beings worshiping there was overwhelming. Their continual cry was “Holy, Holy, Holy!” Over six hundred years later, John was caught up into heaven and given a similar opportunity to view God’s throne and those worshiping there.
The Holy Throne: “In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, . . . Each of the four living creatures had six wings and covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stopped saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:6-8)
Scripture reading for July 18th: Isaiah 5-8
In the presence of the Lord there is an awesome awareness of God’s holiness and of our sinfulness. It is always by God’s initiative that He reveals Himself to a man or woman. We can’t command a visitation although we can ask humbly. Job asked to have an audience with His maker and found himself unable to answer and repented in dust and ashes for words he had said. (Job 42:2-6) Isaiah had a visitation and saw the Lord in the year that King Uzziah died. (about 740 B.C.)
Isaiah beheld the Lord on a throne and his robe filled the temple. Above and around Him were heavenly beings called seraphs, or “burning ones”. They had six wings and were calling to each other “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:3) When they spoke, their voices shook the doorposts and thresholds of the temple and smoke filled the house. It was the glory of God Almighty!
Isaiah himself began to cry out in terror of judgment in the presence of this Holy One! He immediately knew his sin would bring judgment and death. He also understood the people among whom he lived were in danger of judgment! Seeing God’s great white throne would spell disaster! (Revelation 20:11-14) God heard his confession. He sent one of the seraph’s with a burning coal from the altar. The seraph took the coal and applied it to the prophet’s mouth and his sin was taken away.
After cleansing, Isaiah heard the Lord asking a question. “Whom shall I send? And who will go for me?” Isaiah quickly responded with “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) God told Isaiah that He was sending him to a people whose hearts were calloused and ears were dull. (Isaiah 6:9-10) Jesus quoted these verses as he spoke to the religious people of His day. (Matthew 13:13-15)
In summary, the encounter Isaiah had with the Lord brought revelation of God’s glory. This led to recognition of his sinfulness and confession. Repentance brought cleansing. After cleansing he heard God’s call and willingly obeyed! This is a pattern for all disciples of Jesus Christ!