1. In the year that King Uzziah died, (in a vision) I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the most holy part of the temple. Amp.

Isaiah is lifted up into the heavenlies spiritually and is changed by the experience. He sees the seraphim and when he cries “Holy, holy, holy,” and the foundations of the thresholds shook, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isaiah then cries, “Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts!” (vs.5)

Then the Lord forgives his iniquity completely with a hot coal from the altar. Then He asks “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? And Isaiah says, “Here am I send me.” And the Lord says, “Go. But they will not hear, see or understand.”

So, let us look at all that happened to Isaiah. When He is in the presence of the Lord, all he can see is his sinful condition and those around him. He feels awful. That is what happens when there is unrepented of sin in the presence of the Lord. All will run the other way. But the Lord knows and takes the next step before Isaiah can run and He forgives him.

He has a purpose for this meeting. He has a mission for Isaiah. He won’t force him to go but is asking him, “Whom shall we send?”

AMOS 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.

The Lord was getting ready to pour out His judgment on Israel and was sending Isaiah to warn them. He will never force us to be a voice for Him. He is also asking today for voices to warn the people of the earth what is coming. No one wants to hear how really bad things are going to get. Just like in Isaiah’s day, he had to warn a people with hard hearts who were not going to repent. But he obeyed. What was his incentive?



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