1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.
4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed and your sin is atoned for.
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us?
I said: Here I am. Send me.
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In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled the temple. —Isaiah 6:1
King Uzziah, ruler over Judah, died. He reminds us of many of our world leaders today who start out good and end up doing evil. The death of a great leader—regardless of their good or evil—still brings national mourning.
When Isaiah the prophet went to the temple to grieve and to pray for the nation of Israel, he got more than he bargained for. The king of Judah was dead, but Isaiah saw another King—the One who sits forever on the throne of Judah. He saw the Lord seated, surrounded by heavenly beings, and wearing a robe so magnificent that its train filled the temple.
We’ve seen inaugurations of European royalty whose trains behind their gowns would take several people to hold it up as they walked. But we’ve never seen a train that filled the entire temple. What a sight this must have been!
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts,” sang the seraphim. This is the only time in all Scripture that an attribute of God is elevated to the third degree. Scripture never reads that God is love, love, love, mercy, mercy, mercy, wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. However, the LORD of Hosts whom Isaiah worshiped was greater than all the idols of the world.
Many people today don’t attend church because they find it boring. Isaiah didn't have that problem. Worship was not boring that day. The doors shook, the temple filled with smoke, and he was overwhelmed.
Some of our worship services stir our hearts when the choir sings and the orchestra plays. We just can't stay in our seats so we stand and lift our arms to the LORD God Almighty. And as Pastor Mike shares God's Word, we become overwhelmed with our own unworthiness and cry out to the Lord from our hearts.
Isaiah felt like he was "done in." He couldn’t measure up, his language was bad, and his neighbors were foul-mouthed—yet he’d seen the LORD of hosts.
Even though Isaiah was a great prophet sent by God, he felt unclean. But as soon as he admitted he was a man of unclean lips living with unclean people, one of the seraphim took a hot coal from the fire, touched Isaiah's lips with it, and declared him clean before the LORD.
Regardless of how often you attend church, work on committees, do good, pray, help your neighbor, or tend to family needs, do you feel you’re still lacking the fullness of God's grace in your life every day? Praise to God Almighty we don’t need to have a glowing hot coal placed upon our mouth to atone for our sins. The blood of Jesus shed on the cross cleanses us from all sin.
Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth! Dear friend, will you let God send you out for Him today? Don't be afraid. His holiness becomes our holiness and His ways our ways. He’s here with us—let us go and tell others Who He Is. We dwell in the presence of a Holy God every day.
Here we are, LORD. Send us.
- How many times is the LORD called holy?
- What do you think Isaiah meant by saying he lived among people of unclean lips?
- What was God asking Isaiah to do from this moment on?
- Think about a time God has asked you to "go and tell." What was your answer and how did you follow through with it?