Isaiah 6:1-8, vs. “8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Who is the man of unclean lips, it is one who has given the Lord the lip service but the heart is far away. We Sang songs with our lips but did not honor the Lord with our actions making our lips unworthy. If the angels who I would consider more holy than man could gaze upon the Lord and cover their faces because of His holiness, how much more should we fear God and reverence in His presence? None of us comes even close. At least those who are saved are better off yet we still fall short of God’s glory. What about the lost souls? To quote Matthew Henry, ” Those who are to teach others the knowledge of God ought to be well acquainted with Him themselves”
I am a sinner; particularly, I have offended in word; and who is there that has not? We are unworthy and unfit to take God’s name into our lips. With what a pure lip did the angels praise God! “But,” says the prophet, “I cannot praise him so, for I am a man of unclean lips.’ The impurity of our lips ought to be the grief of our souls, for by our words we shall be justified or condemned. It is by the lips man curses God, uses His name as a curse word. Here is a man slain by the holiness of God, to have this experience, his thought could have been, “why didn’t the holiness of God slay me when He saw the sin in my life?” I ask myself this question many times.
Holiness is not what God does but who He is. God’s holiness is not tainted or corrupted. His character will not let Him turn blind eye to sin and let people go free. Because of His goodness, He will serve justice. He has done everything to rescue man from His wrath and by repentance towards Himself and faith in His Son, He will save. “God’s holiness demands that all sin be punished, but God’s love provides the plan and way of redemption for sinful man”, Billy Graham.
Vs. “6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” The live coal directly to Isaiah’s mouth was a symbolic act of forgiveness. This action suggests that no painless cure exists for sin. Nevertheless, forgiveness came from God, not from the burning coal. Only God can forgive sin.
Vs. “8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” How could he keep this experience to himself? I believe that even before the Lord asked who would go for them (Us), Isaiah was ready. HE SAW THE LORD, THEN HE SAW HIMSELF, THEN SAW THE NEED AND ANSWERED TO THE CALL.
How can we therefore tell people HOW to be saved before we tell them WHY they need to be saved? For them to see the Lord, we have to take them through the moral law. God reveals Himself in the spirituality of His law. That is where His righteousness and perfect purity of character are revealed for men to learn it there. When they cry out “I am undone”, then we give them grace. Why tell a sinner “God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives” when in actuality God is angry with sinners daily? Are we not supposed to be witnesses? Meaning we share what we have seen, heard and experienced? Why try to change the message unless we have not experienced it ourselves or ignorant of it.
Those who have such an experience will have a new appreciation for grace. We sing Amazing grace and so are the lost and many times it appears to both sides as just another hymn with nice melody. How about we revisit the lyrics and bring us back to what it meant to be in sin and appreciate the words more and then turn and show sinners who God is. When they see who God is in His laws, they will see themselves in themselves undone and in need of a Savior and when they have been converted, they too will answer to the call. Let us to cry out to God for passion and compassion then respond to His call. If you are lukewarm, may an Isaiah’s experience awaken you. I challenge you to pray then get up, get out and this month witness to at least ONE lost soul as a start if you are not already sharing. Let us redeem the time for the days are evil. “Here am I! Send me.”
Meditate on the words: Amazing Grace (How sweet the sound), That sav’d a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears reliev’d; How precious did that grace appear, The hour I first believ’d. Blessings Ev