Sermon Reflections from Hope In Pursuing A Holy God | Alex Hardt | March 5, 2023
A new month and a new theme to receive a new perspective from God about His Holiness and our great sinfulness. Isaiah is the perfect place to begin as it is often referred to as the Gospel of the Old Testament. Isaiah has many words of wisdom and encouragement for us today as well as prophesies that increase our faith as we see their fulfilment in the New Testament through Jesus the Messiah.
Alex started us off with Isaiah’s vision of the throne room of God and his encounter with God Almighty. We see that God is Alive and desired to communicate with Isaiah. God had a mission for him but wanted him willing. We are created with free will and just like Isaiah God has a purpose and mission for us but will not order us to do His will. As we looked at the scripture we see why Isaiah was willing to go and do what the Lord asked. When he first saw the throne room, the seraphim and heard their proclamations of the holiness of God, he was overcome with the realization of his own sin. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Isaiah 6:5 The seraphim heard his distress and immediately came to him with cleansing fire in a coal. The touching of the fire of God provided cleansing and forgiveness of sin for Isaiah. We can experience that same cleansing and forgiven when we confront and confess our sins to Jesus. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Once Isaiah was clean he was able to hear and speak to God. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
What is your response to God when He presents you with a task? Are you willing to go like Isaiah or do you hedge and say “I’ll think about it” or “maybe later would be better?” God in His aliveness spoke to Isaiah and we can be assured that He can and will do the same for us. Are you willing to listen?
Isaiah was humbled by the appearance of the throne room and the presence of Almighty God. He did not treat it lightly but realized what a privilege it was to be in God’s presence. He knew he was sinful and became painfully aware of that leading to His cleansing. How would you response to the earsplitting sound of the seraphim saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook, and the temple was filled with smoke?
Would you humble yourself and surrender to God’s will like Isaiah.
You might ask, what is it you want Lord? If you can’t think of something specific look at what God says in Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
Or perhaps Jesus’ words came to your mind from Luke 10:27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Or 1 John 2:17 “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” God tells us in His Word what He desires of us. Are you willing?
Lastly, think about the holiness of God. Alex defined holy as ‘set apart from the world.’ God is high and lifted up. He is set apart from His creation. Our English word “holy” is from the same root word as “whole.” God is whole- perfect in goodness and righteousness. No one is like God. Even God’s holy angels tremble in reverent worship before Him. God sets apart His children for Himself and commands us to be holy as He is holy. Being holy makes you whole, what God intends you to be. Isaiah wanted to be aligned with God and His holiness.
He replied to God, “Here am I. Send me!” Then God replied, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
The mission God had for Isaiah was to give His Words of praise and comfort and to confront their sinfulness. It was not an easy task. What God has for us is not easy either but we are assured in 2 Timothy 2:16-17 that His Word will equip us to do His work, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Christ himself will be with us, Ephesians 4:11-12 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” Are you willing to say Yes to God and go where He sends you?
Let Isaiah’s encounter with God open your eyes to your own sinfulness and need for repentance and surrender. Let his encounter open your eyes to the majesty and grandeur of God. Let his encounter open your eyes to see and experience God’s holiness and His desire for you to be holy through His Son Jesus. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” in John 14:6.
Let Isaiah lead you to Holy Savior in Jesus.
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