The Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies

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Isaiah 6:1-10

By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

January 04, 2015 (Epiphany Sunday)

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Introduction

Today is Epiphany Sunday. Epiphany is an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being. Our passage for today is a fitting example of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... »’s manifestation to his servantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » Isaiah.

The visionA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » of the Prophet Isaiah believes in the year that KingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » Uzziah died (v.1), probably in 759 B.C. However, we cannot determine from the phrase used whether the vision was seen before or after Uzziah’s deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » (Pulpit Commentary).

 I. Isaiah Sees the LordMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... ».

The Prophet Isaiah saw the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, he said, “I saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, high and exalted. The train of his robeWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » filled the TempleJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». The seraphim stood above him. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he was flying. They kept on calling“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to each other: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of the Heavenly Armies! The whole earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » is full of his gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »!’” (6:1-3).

In this figurative vision, the temple is thrown open to view, even to the most holy placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... ». The prophet, standing outside the temple, sees the Divine PresenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » seated on the mercyMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... »-seat, raised over the Ark of the CovenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », between the cherubim and seraphim, and the Divine glory filled the whole temple. See God upon his throne.

This vision is explained, JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » 12:41, that Isaiah now saw ChristBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... »’s glory, and spoke of Him, which is a full proof that our SaviorThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » is God. In Christ JesusThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », God is seated on a throne of graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... »; and through him the wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » into the holiest is laid open. (MatthewA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... » Henry’s Concise Commentary).

God manifests himself to us in different ways, sometimes through visionsA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », sometimes through our dreamsHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », sometimes through experiencesTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », sometimes through reading of the BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... », sometimes through nature, and sometimes through our challenges in lifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... ».

No matter how he shows himself to us, he shows himself for a reason. The King of the Heavenly Armies showed himself to Isaiah though vision because he wanted the prophet to be partaker of his mission.

 II. Isaiah ReceivesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » HealingThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... ».

When Isaiah saw the vision, he was convicted and he felt that he was a sinnerJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », he said, “How terrible it will be for me!” I cried, “because I am ruined! I’m a man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips! And my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of the Heavenly Armies!” (v.5).

However, the Lord did not leave him a sinner and mourning, according to Isaiah’s vision “one of the seraphim flew to me, carrying a burning coal in his hand that he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth and said, “Look! Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » atoned for” (vv.6-7).

These verses tell about purificationThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... » and pardon. One of the burning beings flies to the prophet’s side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... », bearing a burning coal or herded stone (ritzpah) forming part of the altar, and detached without difficulty from it.

With this the angelGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » touches the lips of the trembling prophet, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » “Look! Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sins atoned for.”

More meaning can be condensed into a symbolic action than into any mere wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». Fire is the enemyThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » of all impurity; and the idea of a fire-baptismThe Baptism of Jesus Christ. Read more ... » as the means of cleansing is deeply rooted in the lore of olden timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » (Pulpit Commentary).

Sometimes, even though we knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that God manifests himself to us with a purpose, we don’t want to cooperate with him. We want to pursue our own ambition and planHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » rather than the plan of God.

We have many alibis, although it’s a reality, Isaiah’s alibi was he had “unclean lips.” Some people today argue that they cannot be used by God since they are not perfect, they are not officers of the churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », they are still young, they are busy, they feel lazy, people in the church don’t like my services, they are afraid or shy of sharing the gospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... », they have many reasons under the sun!

Let us be reminded that when the Lord touches our soul, our heartsThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and our being, like the Prophet Isaiah, forgivenessThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and healing will be with us! Isaiah got the grace of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » without asking it. The same with us, the grace of God showers to us even without our effort. However, when the grace of God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... », there will be changes in us, and that grace will overflow to us.

 III. Isaiah Volunteers to Go.Isaiah6c

In the vision, after the Lord cleaned the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord asked whom will he send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... »? Let’s read verses 8-10, “Then I heard the voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of the LORD as he was asking, ‘Whom will I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am!’ I replied. ‘Send me.’ ‘Go!’ he responded. ‘Tell this people: Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Dull the mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » of this people, deafen their ears, and blindCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » their eyes. By doing so, they won’t see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their minds, turn back, and be healed“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... ».”

We do not know what special call the Prophet Isaiah had had previously. Perhaps he had been brought up in the “schools of the prophetsHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... ».” Perhaps, when the “wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of God” came to him, he had accepted the fact as sufficient call.

Now, however, he had, in vision, a clear and distinct call and mission (verses 8, 9). He was told to “go,” and instructed as to what he was to say (verses 9, 10). As before (Isaiah 1-5.), while in the main he was to denounce woe, he was still to proclaimYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » the survival of a remnant (verses 10-12) (Pulpit Commentary).

As I already mentioned, the grace of God showers to us even without our effort. When the grace of God is with us, there will be changes in us, and that grace will overflow to us. It’s like when we overfill a bottle with waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », it will overflow and we cannot stop it. When we are overjoyed, we cannot stop it until we fart! The grace of God in us cannot stop to overflow even though we want to stop it!

George Scott was full of grace and one-legged schoolThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » teacher“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » from Scotland came to J. Hudson TaylorThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » to offer himself for missionary serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » in China.

Taylor asked, “With only one leg, why do you think of going as a missionary?”

Scott replied with honesty, “I do not see those with two legs going.”

He was accepted as missionary (Pillar of Fire, January 1, 1983).

Scott could not be stopped in going to mission fieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » since he was filled with God’s grace. If we are full of grace, nobody or nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » can stop us in serving our Lord.

Conclusionisaiah6b

Henry Martyn (1781-1812), following a brilliant student career at Cambridge, rejected several opportunities in order to go to the mission field. He prayed, “Here am I, Lord; send me to the ends of the earth, send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » in earth; send me even to death itself if it be but in Thy service and in Thy kingdomA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... »” (Donald Campbell, Nehemiah: Man in Charge, Victor Books, 1979, p. 13).

I wish we can all prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » like the prayerPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » of Henry Martyn so that we could pursue the mission of God in our community, in our schools, in our places of work, anywhere we go.

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