Saturday, January 26, 2013

SIH’s Think On These Things: Isaiah 6:5

We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Being faced with a marvelous display of the Lord’s greatness (Isa 6:1-4), Isaiah now responds to this vision of the Lord in Isa 6:5…

“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.”

Isaiah’s observations  about himself following his glimpse of the Holy Sovereign Lord:

  1. Woe is me” – “woe” means to be facing impending judgment.  As Isaiah saw the holiness of Christ he was reminded of his own sinfulness and the great judgment of sin he was facing.
  2. for I am undone” – “undone” refers to “silence due to recognition of inability, guilt and/or hopelessness.”  Isaiah recognized he could do nothing to please God, and that his guilt was overwhelming and his judgment could not be averted.
  3. I am a man of unclean lips” – Isaiah realized that disobedience had so permeated his being that his outward life was displaying that sin.
  4. I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” – Isaiah began to notice the sin of others around him.  What he didn’t notice before was now getting his attention.

Isaiah’s heart has now been prepared to receive the salvation that comes only through God’s grace.

What was the cause of such an upheaval of the way he perceived himself and others?  He had come face to face with the King of all, the One he was to submit to, his Lord… “for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”

Has the Lord touched your heart and revealed Himself to you through the gospel message?  If so, the responses of Isaiah will be your responses also…. You will:

  1. See your sinfulness
  2. See your inability to save yourself
  3. See the effects of sin in your life and actions.
  4. See the sin in the world around you

Has the Lord ever touched your heart and, through His gracious intervention, showed Himself to you? 

If you have never felt this way about yourself, and the sin that is in the world, you can be certain that you have never entered into a relationship with Almighty God.    

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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