A fantastic chapter for those of us in recovery – whatever you are recovering from. I can relate to Isaiah’s reaction upon getting his vision of the living God – “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” But I can also appreciate and relate to how God dealt with him – “ one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”“ We all know what we deserve when we meet God. We can relate to feeling doomed. Because we know we deserve to be doomed. We meet God expecting hellfire and damnation. We meet him knowing we are sinners, that we’ve lived our lives in ways we don’t want him to know, knowing that he already knows anyway. We come expecting condemnation and judgement. We (at least my part of we) come expecting all this, then we finally meet the God we’ve been dreading, the God we’ve lived in fear of, the God we know is going to send us to Hell, and we meet…Jesus. We meet the savior who came out of heaven to become one of us, to know what it is like to be tempted, to be scorned, to be ridiculed. We meet the savior who CHOSE to feel the pain of that beatdown, when the whole time he could have called down all the angels of heavens armies to wipe out those Pharisees and their Roman thug partners on the spot. The savior who CHOSE to stand up, step forward and say “I am the one you are looking for!!” The seraphim here touches Isaiahs lips with burning coals before telling him he’s forgiven. I didn’t even have to burn my lips to receive that mercy and salvation, to be told my sins are forgiven. It was a free gift from that very God the lies of this world had convinced me was just waiting to send me into a fiery Hell for all eternity. God tells Isaiah to take his word to the people, and he tells him that the people will harden their hearts and not listen. “That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.”” That is what He wants, for us to turn to hm, in faith, and seek that relationship with him.
And of course, Here I Am Lord, Send Me!!
“It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people, ‘Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.’ Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.” Then I said, “Lord, how long will this go on?” And he replied, “Until their towns are empty, their houses are deserted, and the whole country is a wasteland; until the LORD has sent everyone away, and the entire land of Israel lies deserted. If even a tenth—a remnant—survive, it will be invaded again and burned. But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel’s stump will be a holy seed.””
Isaiah 6:1-13 NLT