Isaiah 6: 1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe is 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.”
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your guilt atoned for.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah was a prophet in whom God gave visions with warnings of judgement for Judah and about the future coming Messiah. In the year King Uzziah died, Isaiah received a vision of the Lord seated on his throne being worshiped in his holiness. As the doorposts and the thresholds shook, the temple was filled with smoke. Isaiah who knew he was a man of unclean lips and lived with the ungodly, quickly acknowledged his guilt. One of the seraphs quickly took a live coal from the altar and touched his lips and made atonement for his sins. A voice then asks whom shall I send. Isaiah is now ready to go, replying, “Send me!”
We were all created to worship God in his holiness. God wants to send each of us to be his ministers, but first we must be cleansed from all our guilt of sin. When we ask for forgiveness of our sin, we are cleansed by the blood that Christ Jesus shed for all who will confess in faith believing. God then wants to know if we will obey and go to accomplish his work of grace for others. Will you answer his call?
God you alone are holy: Holy, holy, holy is your name. Thank you for your perfect work of grace to cleanse us from all sin. We desire to grow to become like Christ, to continue his ministry of love and mercy. We invite your Holy Spirit to reveal any sin that we need to confess. We desire to worship and honor you in all that we say and do. We ask that you send us to be your minister to others, in Jesus’ name, amen.