Isaiah 6:1–8 (ESV)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”
This is one of my favorite passages in Scripture. Isaiah receives a glorious vision of God seated on his throne. What an amazing vision it is! God’s glory and majesty on full display. Isaiah’s words can only begin to scratch the surface of the splendor. Isaiah’s response is also telling. When he sees God, he does not celebrate, he falls to the ground because he knows he is not worthy. “Woe is me!” is his cry. Yet God is gracious and atones for Isiah’s sin and unworthiness. God is awesome. He is powerful. He is glorious. He is gracious.
The end of the passage should not be overlooked. As God contemplates “Whom shall I send?”, we see Isaiah’s response. “Here I am! Send me,” he calls out. Are we as willing as Isaiah to be God’s messengers today? God is still glorious and majestic. There is still the same news of repentance and turning to the Lord that needs to be proclaimed. Who will go for God? Will I? Will you?
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