Thy Sin Purged

Isaiah 6:6-7. “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is take away, and thy sin purged.”

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Isaiah’s contrite heart brought an immediate response from God. In his vision, a seraphim picked up a hot coal from the altar of incense, using tongs. He then brought the coal to Isaiah and, in the vision, laid the coal on Isaiah’s lips. The fire was a symbol of the purging of sin, and a cleansing that would make him able to preach the messages that God would give him.

I’m going to quote Mr. Vine again.  The man just has a wonderful way of making things clear:

The whole vision and the Divine dealings were the appointed preparation for the solemn testimony he was to deliver. This was not the beginning of his witness, the occasion was a special one. If we are to engage in any particular service for the Lord, we can render it effectively only as we freshly appropriate to ourselves the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice of Christ for the cleansing of our hearts from sin. For each occasion we must come to the Throne y way of the Cross. We must come the the Mercy-Seat (Christ Himself) “that we may obtain mercy.”

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Isaiah 6:3. “And one cried unto another, and said,  Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.”

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We often marvel at the amazing beauty of God’s creation.

Heaven is better than this.

Imagine a choir of seraphim singing in antiphony throughout the heavens, “Holy!  Holy! Holy!”  That heavenly choir never stops proclaiming the holiness  of  the Lord of Hosts!

We can’t even imagine such purity, such complete sanctity, because our minds are clouded with our own stuff; our own position, what others think of us, how others react to us.

Nothing like that was going on in Isaiah’s vision. God is so completely without human weakness that He never questions what the seraphim are proclaiming to one another.

He IS three times holy.  He is God.

Seraphim

Isaiah 6:2. “Above it stood the seraphims; each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.”

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The seraphim who were above the throne were there in attendance, not superiority. They are different from the cherubim; they are the fiery guardians of the holiness of the Lord. They have certain human features:  Their faces were covered in awe. They didn’t dare to gaze at God’s glory. Their feet were also covered, in acknowledgment of the lowliness of their glorious service. The third set of wings kept them hovering over the throne. The verb tense that is used here indicates an continuous, ongoing service.

What a gift Isaiah was given, to actually get this little glimpse of heaven. How amazing it must be!

 

Sunday Morning Coffee

We’ll be heading off to church in 1 1/2 hours. In the meantime, I’m enjoying a quiet period with my Bible and a cup of delicious coffee.  I’ve been reading in Isaiah in preparation for starting a study on that book here on this blog tomorrow morning.  I just read  the first part of chapter six, and I got totally stopped on Isaiah’s words:

 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, 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 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 LordAlmighty.”

Isaiah was privileged to see this vision of Jehovah, the Lord, high and lifted up. It brought him to his knees as he acknowledged the complete holiness of God.  He believed he was unworthy of such an experience, and he knew no man had ever seen the face of God and lived to tell about it.

God’s face is not mentioned here. Instead, we are told of His glory. We are told of the angels who flew around Him, calling to each other that the Lord Almighty is three times holy, and that His glory fills not just the heavens but also the earth.

And that last part of the sentence is where I got stuck. The earth is full of His glory.

I look out my front window and see the tender green of the dogwood tree in our front yard; the darker green of older trees across the street; the clear blue of an after-the-storm sky. I hear the birdsong that fills the air, and I see the early morning light of the sun , and I am thankful that in spite of Satan, in spite of politics, in spite of Islamic terrorists, in spite of police-haters, in spite of Hillary and Obama and their minions, in spite of the existence of evil in this world, still God’s glory fills the earth, and we are privileged to see it every single day.

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