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My eyes have seen the King

Isaiah 6:1-7, Andrew Love, January 21, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • One of the outstanding chapters of the Bible
    • A mere man (like you and I) came into the presence of God
    • He was really seeking God
    • A very unusual and rare thing occurred
  • He had a vision of God
    • It was a devastating experience
    • "Woe is me"
    • He experienced cleansing of his sin
    • He was commissioned to do a great work for God
  • He had a great vision like Paul and John
    • A special situation
    • Given great revelation of God
  • Isaiah's experience
    • An Old Testament believer seeing something of the New Testament Gospel
    • John 12:41
      • He saw the glory of Jesus Christ
    • This vision would have changed him forever
  • Overview:
    • When did this happen?
    • What happened?
    • Why did it happen?

When did this happen?

  • In the year when King Uzziah died
    • 739 BC
    • He had reigned for 52 years in the Southern Kingdom of Judah
    • He had a good reign (he was a good king)
      • But towards the end he became proud and committed sacrilege
      • He offered incense in the temple (only a priests job)
      • God strikes him with leprosy
    • It is thought he lived for another 15 years and then died a leper
  • This must have been sad for Isaiah
    • He likely went into the temple with a heavy heart
    • The Northern Kingdom was living in apostasy
    • Politically unstable times
  • Chapter 6 does not record his conversion or initial commission
    • 1:1 - he had already been a prophet
      • He served during the reign of 4 kings
      • He was already serving
    • It would be a difficult ministry
      • (v9)
      • To preach until a time of great destruction and war
    • His vision would have sustained him through this difficult time
  • This should encourage us
    • We are living in difficult times
      • People do not believe in the truth of the Bible
      • We are living in days when people have turned their backs on God
    • We must say that God is raised up
      • We can know God in a very real and deep way
      • We will not have visions like Isaiah or be met like Moses & Joshua and the vision for the apostle John
        • These were for significant reasons
      • We can know the reality of God and His presence

What happened?

  • He was taken out of the earthly temple and taken into the heavenly temple
    • Some of these events are mentioned in Revelation
      • A throne
      • Seraphim
      • Holy, holy, holy is the Triune God
      • An altar
  • A sublime vision of the Son of God
    • Christ sitting on His throne
    • John 12:41
    • High and lifted up - comparison with last weeks sermon
    • A majestic and glorious vision of God
  • Our vision of God
    • 1 Cor 13 - we see dimly now (even though we have the full revelation of Scripture)
    • We cannot experience Him completely
    • One day we will see him face to face
    • We are declare about God to those around us
  • What did he see?
    • Seraphim
      • Means burning ones
      • Had six wings
        • With two winds they covered their eyes from God
        • With two winds they covered their feet
        • With two wings thy fly - messengers of God
      • Singing about God: "Holy, holy, holy"
        • An awesome holiness and love
        • Absolute justice
        • True faithfulness
      • Singing about God: "The whole earth is full of His glory"
        • God is glorious and omnipresence
        • God's glory is stamped upon creation
        • A reference when one day all nations shall worship God
    • The door posts shaking
      • God's presence in this
      • Like a room in Acts 4
  • This is teaching us about who God is
    • A call to us to reconsider our views of God
    • To mediate upon His characteristics
    • Not a God of our own imagination
    • The true God revealed in the Bible

Why did it happen?

  • He needed to understand God was on the throne
  • He needed to understand Himself
    • To know and confess his sin
      • To be cleansed by God
    • To be made small
      • So that God could raised him up
      • Consider the example of Simon Peter
    • Not just to read the Scripture [the Ten Commandments] and to examine his heart and life (to see his sin)
      • When God revealed Himself his sin was revealed
      • No logical conclusion but absolute conviction
      • This goes against modern thinking
        • We will not cry out for salvation unless we see our need
        • Job had to know God personally
        • Those who are Christians know this experience
    • To know forgiveness of sin (v6-7)
      • We are unclean
      • We need cleansing
      • A live coal from the altar - sacrifice and burnt offering
        • Pointing forward to the final offering of Jesus Christ
        • Salvation is only through the blood of Jesus Christ
        • It must be known personally
        • A cleansing within and without
      • Have you known this cleansing?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 6:1-7

1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2Above 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. 3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5Then said I, 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 mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 6Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. (KJV)

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