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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
and left as one re-committed to the Lord
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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