Bible Reading: Isaiah 6 (ESV)
Memory verse: Isaiah 6: 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!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
Good evening, ladies, and gentlemen! Can you believe that we are already halfway through the month of November? The year, 2023, is slowly coming to an end! It is truly by God’s Grace; we have made it thus far! Dear readers, (just) because the year is about to end does not mean, all hope is lost! We are claiming all the promises God has for us, for the year! The year is not over, we have enough time for God to show up and surprise us! Do not lose your faith now! Do not give up! You are closer than you think, to receiving that breakthrough/ miracle, in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen!
Ladies and gentlemen, we are back with an exposé on the fifth verse of Isaiah chapter 6. Today, the Holy Spirit is teaching us about human nature! Yes! Before choosing God, our natural state is unworthy of His Presence because it is full of sin! Thanks be to God, who expressed His Love for us, by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the price on the cross on our behalf! Thanks to that sacrifice, we are able to have direct access to the Father! Hallelujah! Mind you, Isaiah’s account was before Christ came to the earth and bore our sins on the cross! However, today’s post explores our unworthy nature as humans! Are you ready for today’s post? Let us get right into it!
The first statement Isaiah uttered is “Woe is me!” This phrase is used a few times throughout the Bible. It is an exaggerated statement to express disappointment or sadness over an issue! The prophet Isaiah quickly noticed how much he lacked as a human, standing before God. He expressed his sadness over the unforgiving sight of an unworthy being trying to gain access to the seat of the Throne of the Holy One! The use of exaggeration depicts Isaiah’s true feelings of guilt and sadness at the situation before him. What he saw didn’t warrant an explanation from God- about the reasons for His shortcomings! Isaiah could easily point out all that He lacked!
As New Testament Christians, we must pursue the Holiness agenda. Before Christ, we were unworthy, just like Isaiah in this situation! The moment we put on Christ, the price has been paid so we cannot live our lives the way we used to! There must be a difference! Just like from the verse of the day, there is a clear distinction between Holiness and the world. It does not require a lot of effort to identify this- merely being in the presence of Holiness is enough! Dear reader, we must ask ourselves an important question! Can my neighbour (meaning your friend, family member, colleague, classmate, etc.) recognise the “Holiness Agenda” when they are in your presence? Can they easily spot that there is simply something different about you? Answer these questions truthfully! If your answer is “maybe” or “no” to one (or both) question(s); it is time to go back to the drawing board and assess the condition of your heart for God! You must quickly seek a prescription from the doctor (the Holy Spirit) to treat the ailment! Thank you, Lord for Mercy! Hallelujah!
Isaiah continues to speak about how unworthy he is before God. He says “…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!” Here, Isaiah is acknowledging the fact that he has no purpose. He acknowledges that his true nature is sin-full- his reference to unclean lips show that his words are impure. Isaiah, then, acknowledges the extent to his uncleanliness and unworthiness by calling on to God as the Lord of hosts! He acknowledges that he is before a Holy and Superior being! He is humbled by the experience and reveres God by his actions/ words!
Our true nature (without Christ) is sin-full and evil! Following the ways of the world causes so much harm. We have no purpose without Christ- that is why people who keep chasing the things of the world are never satisfied. They are filled with greed and malice. They do everything possible to get what someone else has. They are never at peace and have no expected end. Their lives are filled with turmoil and malice, mostly impure thoughts. As a Child of God, you know the power our words carry! We take this for granted but it is very important! Our words have the power to create and/ or destroy! That is the reason Isaiah mentions it! Our impure thoughts and voice are not worthy of God (YHWH Tzevaot).
The seraphim act on the action/words of Isaiah, as he is before the throne. The seraphim took a burning coal from the altar and uses it to touch the lips of Isaiah. This act is an act of sanctification. With that, Isaiah was now worthy to approach the King of kings on His Throne! As the seraphim performed this act, he declared that Isaiah was saved- “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” All that the seraphim had done, Christ did on our behalf! Christ came to die for all! Yes! Everyone- from your best friend to your annoying neighbour. The seraphim’s act could only save one man- Isaiah. But God, in His infinite wisdom and His great Love for us, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for everyone so that we all might have the chance (if chosen) to enjoy God’s presence! Christ’s sacrifice, through His crucifixion and resurrection, has rid you off all the unworthiness. You can get through to the Father directly- all you have to do is make the earnest decision in your heart and make a confession! Hallelujah!
Oh, how wonderful it is; to be in God’s presence anytime we call upon Him! Yes, that is the privilege we enjoy as children of God! Today, with a grateful heart, thank God for His unconditional and unfathomable love He has done for us! Hallelujah!
Have a wonderful day and let God inspire you!
If this is your first-time hearing about Christ, or you have made the decision to make Him the center of your life, kindly say this prayer with all sincerity and truth.
I come to you today as a sinner. I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus is your Son, and He came on to this earth to die for my sins. Dear Lord, let your Son come and fill me. Lord, I ask that He cleanses me off my sins. I am ready to stand for you and profess your Name. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
If you repeated this prayer with all the sincerity of your heart, congratulations!! You are now a part of God’s family. You get to enjoy the freedom, salvation, and eternal life! Welcome to the greatest family ever. Heaven is rejoicing on your arrival. Your fellow brothers and sisters are also excited to have you on board.
Being a child of God is a wonderful thing. The road might not always be easy, but God is with you each step of the way. Guiding you, helping you and encouraging up. You will never regret this decision; I can assure you of that. Two things I would recommend for you to do are,
1. Get yourself a Bible (in a version you understand) and meditate on it day and night. In Joshua 1:8, we are told that when you meditate on the Word, day and night, you will be prosperous and successful.
2. Find a Bible- believing church to attend and fellowship with other Christians. This would help you grow spiritually.