Isaiah 6:3 – July 9, 2022

One cried out to the other: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! All the earth is filled with his glory!” Isaiah 6:3 NABRE                

We read about the call of the prophet Isaiah, one of the great prophets of Hebrew history and perhaps the prophet most quoted by Jesus when He lived His public ministry. The opening of the call has an image of God sitting on a throne surrounded by attendants who are angels. The holiness and majesty of God fills Isaiah with his own uncleanliness and which also extends to the people. God is sacred, which means set apart and with this image of God, Isaiah recognizes his own unholiness and a lack of holiness in others He knows and sees. We see the three-time holy God, the highest form of superlative available in Hebrew, (today we have good, better, best, by saying holy three times the author indicates the best.) God stands apart, stands above all other beings, He is the creator. God has none of the imperfections or limitations that created beings have. Isaiah standing before God feels very unworthy, saying “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5) But an angel uses an ember and purifies the lips of Isaiah so he can speak word on behalf of God with integrity.

We often think we are doing fine; we pray a little, we give to charity a little, we drop in on God once in a while and so we feel holy and worthy. The calling of Isaiah presents a contrast, standing before God we know how unworthy we are compared to God’s perfection. Purity is almost impossible for us who are driven by desires, we should recognize our unworthiness and continually work toward our transformation.

Are you worthy to stand before God? Can you imagine being purified?

Standing before God we know how unworthy we are compared to God’s perfection. Purity is almost impossible for us who are driven by desires, we should recognize our unworthiness and continually work toward our transformation. Click To Tweet

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