ISAIAH – CHAPTER 6 – ISAIAH’S COMMISSION
Reading about Isaiah’s commission in chapter 6 is one of my favorites. Isaiah’s lofty view of God in verses 1-4 gives me a sense of God’s greatness, mystery and power. He sees the King, the Lord Almighty sitting on the throne and his robe fills the temple. Can you imagine seeing six-winged angels hovered in His presence, shaking the pillars with their praise: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. Isaiah has a natural response – humiliating fear. When Isaiah recognized how great God was, he immediately recognized his sin. Verse 5, “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined!” For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” One of the angels (seraphim) then touched his lips with a burning coal from the altar, cleansing his mouth, the vessel of the overflow of his heart, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” A special cleansing was needed before a special calling. I love the fact that in the midst of pending doom in a leaderless kingdom, God made it clear: He is on the throne, and those who seek Him will be transformed!
Isaiah’s example of recognizing his sinfulness before God encourages me to confess my sin. Many times, I have to pray that God would reveal my sins to me as I am in denial. The picture of forgiveness reminds me, how sinful I am, and the extend of God’s forgiveness, I receive power to do his work.
After Isaiah’s sins were forgiven, he submitted himself entirely to God’s service. No matter how difficult the task would be, Isaiah said, “HERE AM I. SEND ME!” The more clearly I see God, the more aware I become of my own powerlessness and inadequacy to do anything of lasting value without God. My prayer, when God calls me, my response would be, Here Am I, Send Me!