I want to talk about Isaiah. He was a prophet that lived during the Old testament times and He was like any other man until he encountered God in a vision. This vision came to Isaiah in the year that King Uzziah died. King Uzziah had reigned over Judah (northern Israel) for 52 years and his reign began when he was only 16 years old. This kingdom was comfortable with its ways of doing things so when the king died it caused a bit of confusion.
Isaiah 6 is the beginning of this vision. It begins with Isaiah seeing God on His throne with a robe that filled the temple. Above Him were the seraphim with their six wings. They were exclaiming,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole Earth is filled with His glory!”
The foundations began to shake because of the power that radiated from those words and smoke filled the house. Isaiah becomes aware of the fact that he is imperfect and unclean and he is living with other people who are impure but his eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
Next, one of the seraphim flew to Isaiah with a burning coal in his hand and touched Isaiah’s lips.
” Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin is atoned for.”
Talk about redemption. Isaiah had a vision from the Lord that showed Him how impure and imperfect he is yet the Lord allowed Isaiah to enter into his presence anyway. Why was he made clean by the seraphim? It was because he recognized his own humanly imperfections. Today, within this society, it is easy to reach for the Lord but if we haven’t shown Him that we want to enter his presence clean then how can we sit in his presence and receive everything He is offering.
We are not worthy.
We are not pure.
We are not holy.
Yet He tells us we are worthy of His love.
We are made pure by Him.
We become holy by His son’s death.
This is our redemption story.
(Read Isaiah 6:1-7)