An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory”
(Isaiah 6:1-3)

The prophecies of Isaiah are among the most captivating in all the Bible. His word is a virtual “mini-Bible.” Whereas the Bible consists of 66 books, Isaiah’s prophecies span 66 chapters. Whereas the Bible is split into Old and New Testaments, with 39 books and 27 books respectively, Isaiah’s work is similarly split into 39 chapters of coming judgment and 27 chapters of coming restoration. His book begins with five chapters of stern warning and stupendous prophecies. Knowing that his readers would want to know more about who he was and where he got these things, Isaiah wrote chapter six, which contains a truly awesome and mysterious glimpse of heaven. There, Isaiah saw God’s presence manifest in a unique and spectacular way. He was seated as a King, with mysterious, powerful, celestial creatures confessing His glory and attending to Him. How marvelous it is to know that this Holy, Divine King that Isaiah saw was none other than the pre-incarnate Christ (John 12:37-41). Isaiah records that the heavenly Temple was filled with smoke, a reminder of God’s inapproachable holiness (Isaiah 6:4; Exodus 19:18-21). Isaiah was suddenly overwhelmed at his own sinfulness and imperfection. “Woe is me!” He cried, “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 6:5). Just then, one of the celestial creatures, a seraph, lifted a live coal from off the altar and touched Isaiah’s mouth with it. “Lo, this hath touched thy lips,” said the angel, “and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:7). At that moment, the voice of God was heard, saying “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah responded immediately, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8). Isaiah’s amazing experience was of course unique and spectacular. In some ways, however, it reflects the redemptive histories of us all. Like Isaiah, there was a time when we were confronted with God’s holiness and our own sinfulness. We too mourned for our sin, even as Peter did also. “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord,” cried the fisherman from Galilee as he fell at the feet of Jesus (Luke 5:8). Like Peter and Isaiah, we were all convicted by our consciences and were moved to confessour sinfulness to God. By God’s amazing grace, we all stood passively as God cleansed us of our sin and unrighteousness (1 John 2:1-2). Now cleansed, the Lord’s redeemed have been commissioned to share His message with the world. May we do so with the matchless love, grace, power and wisdom of God.

God bless you, dear saints,

pastor john