Week 29   Day 1

  

 

    the story of Isaiah is about someone in anguish

    broken by grief and searching for wholeness

          
 he came to the temple grieving
           
over the death of his friend and king 

   
sometimes we do all that we can to eliminate 
                   
disappointments 
                   
disillusionment 
                  
 despair 
   
and cover them with a multitude of activity 

   
we do not realize that the fragmentation we feel 
                                         
the emptiness that frightens us 
                                        
the despair that disturbs us
  
                   
 is an opportunity 
                    
drawing us into the presence of the Lord 

 

      to be made whole 

      to receive salvation 

      to be born anew  
                                                      

   God met Isaiah at his point of need
           
filled the place with cleansing glory and 
           
gave the prophet a vision of what could be 

   
Isaiah came to the temple consumed with

       sadness  

       doubts

       loneliness

    and left as one re-committed to the Lord 

                                                                       ---rus



                       THE CALL AND THE MESSAGE
                    Isaiah knew God's beauty and glory, 
                    but preached gloom and destruction.
                                          
Isaiah 6 & 5

 

     1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting on

a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the

temple.  2Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: 

with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and

with two he flew.  3One cried to another:  "Holy, holy, holy is the
Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!"  4The
doors
were shaken by the voice and the house filled with smoke.

     5So I said:  "Woe is me, for I am undone!  Because I am
a
man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of

unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."

     6One seraphim flew to me; in his hand a live coal in tongs

from the altar.  7He touched my mouth with it, and said: 

"This has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and

your sin purged."  8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,

"Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?"  Then I said,

"Here am I!  Send me." 

     9He said, "Go, and tell this people:  'Keep on hearing,

but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.' 

Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and

understand with their heart, and return and be healed."

     11Then I said, "Lord, how long?"  And He answered: 

"Until the cities are laid waste and utterly desolate.  13But

yet a tenth will be in it, and will return, as a  terebinth tree

or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. 

So the holy seed shall be its stump.

     20"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who

put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter

for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  21Woe to those who are

wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

     22"Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, and mixing

intoxicating drink, 23who justify the wicked for a bribe,

and take away justice from the righteous man!

     24"As the fire devours the stubble, so their root will be as
rottenness; because they have rejected the law of the Lord

of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

     25"Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against

His people.  30 In that day the nations will roar against them

like the roaring of the sea.  If one looks to the land, behold,

darkness and sorrow; and the light is darkened by the clouds."
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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