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.