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Isaiah Responds to a Vision

Today’s reading: Isaiah 5:1-8:22

My selection: Isaiah 6:1

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.

My reflections:

With these words, Isaiah begins his account of his vision of God. It stands along with John’s vision of the Lord in Revelation 1:9-20 as one of the most awesome, overwhelming experiences ever recorded.

It is good to reflect on who God is seen to be here: sovereign, exalted, majestic, holy. He is being worshiped by the angels. No sooner does this vision sink into Isaiah but he responds with a sense of his own sinfulness. He cries out in shame and repentance. Mercifully, one of the seraphim cleanses him and assures him of forgiveness and atonement.

After this, Isaiah is ready to respond to the call for service to the Lord.

The God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob reveals Himself in holiness but also in mercy. It is necessary to grasp something of this holiness, to respond with brokenness and repentance and to accept His cleansing and atonement. Before service for God, there must be cleansing by God. Before there is cleansing by God, there must be repentance before Him that springs from a sense of His holiness and our sinfulness.

My challenge: Worship God who is holy. Seek His cleansing. Eagerly embrace His calling for you.

Tomorrow’s reading: Isaiah 9:1-12:6

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