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Meeting With God

January 12th, 2011

Isaiah 6:1-8

With the beginning of a new year, we all tend to make new year’s resolutions. However, our number one priority should be this: to meet with God.

1. The glory

i. The encounter – v.1-4

  • God revealed Himself to Isaiah ‘in the year that King Uzziah died’ – a time when Isaiah reaches a pit of despair.
  • God is revealed as HOLY – pure, perfect, other. No one else is holy.

ii. The conviction – v.5

  • Isaiah proclaims doom and death upon himself from seeing the utter holiness of God and that the whole earth is full of God’s glory. It is a cry of desperation – he is silenced in the presence of God.
  • Isaiah talks about having ‘unclean lips’ – just as Jesus said, it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a person as it shows what it is in their heart.
  • But God rebuilds the broken and the disintegrated.

2. The grace

i. Forgiven – v.6-7

  • The seraph does not bring atonement to Isaiah of its own accord, but does the will of God, declaring forgiveness over Isaiah.
  • God responded immediately to Isaiah’s cry – He is not unwilling or far off. Any unwillingness is always on our part.
  • The hot coal would have hurt – there was a real sense of pain.
  • God’s grace meets us where we are and restores us.

ii. Restored – v.8

  • Isaiah’s guilt is taken away and atoned for and he is restored.
  • The coal is taken from the altar of sacrifice – points to the ultimate sacrifice to come of Jesus.
  • While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Romans 5:17 – we receive the gift of righteousness.
  • The abundance of grace – includes the provision of all our needs but also protection from the things we don’t need.
  • Joy flows from being forgiven – Isaiah has his voice back and goes and preaches the word of the Lord. He gives himself over to God, dedicates himself to His work.
  • He who recognises that he has been forgiven much, will love much.
  • God opposes the proud but He gives grace to the humble.
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