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We now continue our devotional series on the two-fold calling (to salvation and to service) of Isaiah.  Remember in this series we will be looking to learn more about the One who is calling Isaiah, along with the nature of the calls and an examination of the submission to these calls by Isaiah…

Being faced with a marvelous display of the Lord’s greatness (Isa 6:1-4), Isaiah now responds to this vision of the Lord in Isa 6:5…

“Then 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.”

Isaiah’s observations about himself following his glimpse of the Holy Sovereign Lord:

  1. Woe is me” – “woe” means “to be  facing impending judgment”.  As Isaiah saw the holiness of Christ he was reminded of his own sinfulness  and the great judgment of sin he was facing.
  2. for I am undone” – “undone” refers to “silence due to recognition of inability, guilt and/or hopelessness.”  Isaiah recognized he could do nothing to please God, and that his guilt was overwhelming and his judgment could not be averted.
  3. I am a man of unclean lips” – Isaiah realized that disobedience had so permeated his being that his outward life was displaying that sin.
  4. I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips” – Isaiah began to notice the sin in others around him.  What he didn’t notice before was now getting his attention.

Isaiah’s heart has now been prepared to receive the salvation that comes only through God’s grace.

What was the cause of such an upheaval of the way he perceived himself and others?  He had come face to face with the King of all, the One he was to submit to, his Lord… “for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”

Has the Lord touched your heart and revealed Himself to you through the gospel message?  If so, the responses of Isaiah will be your responses also…. You will:

  1. See your  sinfulness
  2. See your inability to save yourself
  3. See the effects of sin in your life and actions.
  4. See the sin in the world around you

Has the Lord ever touched your heart and, through His gracious intervention, showed Himself to you?

If you have never felt this way about yourself, and the sin that is in the world, you can be certain that you have never entered into a relationship with Almighty God.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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19 Comments

  1. terry1954 says:

    thank you Rob for this wonderful lesson

    • Rob Barkman says:

      You are much more than welcome Terry. The Lord’s Word is a great blessing to me as I prepare these lessons. He has been so good to all of us! Lord bless. Liek always I’m praying.

      • terry1954 says:

        thank you my dear friend. can you explain why Al has to continue to suffer? he is mentally challenged. he would not understand if i told him there were lessons to be learned from this or it is all in god’s timing on how long he is suffering. what can i say to Al to comfort him. i read different passages, but he doesn’t get it, i need a child like explanation

        • Rob Barkman says:

          Terry.

          I know it is much more difficult ot try to explain with Al’s Parkinson not allowing him to understand as much as we would like. Alot of what you listed is what we both know are some of the reasons for Al’s suffering. But I certainly understand if these things do not comfort Al.

          My only thought would be to be honest with Al and tell him that you are not certain why these things are taking place but one thing is for sure… Al must be a very special person because the Lord is able to trust Al with this condition knowing that he could remain faithful in the midst of it all. Remember, the Lord promised that He would not allow more on us that we can bear (1 Cor 10:13)…. the Lord knew that Al (and you) could bear this or else He would not have allowed it come upon AL (and you too!) For the Lord to allow this upon AL means that someone is watching Al and Al is meant to set a good example for them on how to remain faithful in the mides of difficultites etc. Satan is trying that much harder to stop Al (and you)from being that example.

          I waited to answer you until this morning trying to pray and think of what to tell you. I know this isn’t much. it is very difficult. But this is what the Lord has laid on my heart. Hope it helps you in someway. Lord bless.

  2. Lyn Leahz says:

    I remember a few summers ago I was really struggling with some things my parents were doing that I felt was hurtful and wrong toward me. I had no clue how to deal with the problem, as when I’d confront my parents, they denied it and it only caused further problems. One evening I was bored. There was nothing to do, and I wasn’t yet tired. I was bummed because my daughter was supposed to take a walk with me, and she fell asleep. I thought to myself, “Not tired, nothing to do, no one to hang out with.” The Lord said, “You can always hang out with Me!”

    So, He and I had quite the conversation…among the many things said, He told me what I didn’t agree with and what I didn’t want to hear. He said that I was to be the child and to know my place as the child in this situation. I was to respect and honor my parents regardless, and that they were His children, and they woulld answer to Him..for me not to worry about what was wrong or what was right, but just to keep my place in the order of authority.

    I said, “But God, this isn’t right and I’ve gone to them…”

    He interrupted, “Yes, I know you have gone to them, and now, no more. Just be the child and be respectful, and let me take care of it. For you to carry on further is to be disrespectful to the order of authority I have set. Just love them, and honor them as your parents and know that everyone in the end answers to me. The child answers to the parent, the parent answers to me…and in the end, all will answer to me. Be pure before me in this, and you be right with me, and then you will not be accountable. Look to please your Father in heaven first by obeying me.”

    Well, it wasn’t what i wanted to hear, or had hoped to hear, but many months later my mother came over with my father and said she needed to talk to me. She took me to my bedroom privately and hugged me, crying, and said, “The Lord has been dealing with me, and I need to ask your forgiveness. I just want you to know that I am sorry for everything I have ever done in your whole life that has hurt you. I love you. Will you forgive me?” She hugged me with tears and sorrow.

    Later, maybe six months after that, my father did the same when we were alone one time. See, sometimes what God tells us doesn’t seem fair, and it isn’t what we want at that moment; but He knows best and He is out after our best interests. After all, aren’t we always looking out for our childrens’ best interest?

    God revealed Himself to me in a way that didn’t make any sense to my human brain, but it made all the sense in the end.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Lyn,

      Your account of this past event is a great example of the Lord working on our behalf to work what is best for us. Many times He does ask us ot exercie faith in Him adn do what doesn’t make any sense to us…. but sure enough, when everything is said and done we can look back and it makes perfect sense to us. The Lrod is certainly a wonderful God that we can trust ALWAYS to do what is good for us! What a wonderful Lrod we serve! Thanks again for your comments. Lord bless you Lyn.

  3. Chrystal says:

    I started really loving the book of Isaiah about 6 months ago. Looking forward to going back & reading all your posts about Isaiah….

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Great to have you Chrystal… Thanks for visiting the SIH blog. You are so right about enjoying hte book of Isaiah. I have certainly enjoyed studying for the devotional series from Isaiah chapter 6. My prayer is that the Lord will allow it to be a blessing to you as well. Looking forward to your comments!

  4. In responce to your question… “Has the Lord ever touched your heart and, through His gracious intervention, showed Himself to you?” … Oh Yes, many times. And thanks for the great post!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      You are very welcome… the Lord and His Word are wonderful that is for certain. It sounds as if the Lord has blessed you thats for sure. I know for myself I can certainly say that there came a day in my life when the Lord opened my sin blinded eyes and allowed me to see Him as the Savior and Lord of my life. My life has not been the same since… I’m sure for anyone who has been saved, we all can say the same thing. Thanks so much for your commments! By the way, I have been enjoying your blog it has been a blessing. Lord bles syou and continue to use you for His glory.

  5. When we look at His holiness we see our own depravity. We see our lack of true love for Him. We see our unworthiness, and yet we know and experience His great love.

    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN! What a blessing it is to know that He loved each of us even when we were in that condition. Lord bless you. Thanks again for your commments

  6. There have been more than one time that I have been perplexed in a situation and prayed and that day or the next have read a scripture that has spoken to me as though it was the Lord that specifically gave me it and helped me clarify things in my heart…Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Diane,

      That is a wonderful testimony of the Lord working in you and speaking to you. I know for myself, what you have descirbed is the normal way He speaks to me when I am faced with a situation that I just do not know how to handle. A few times, another brother or sister in Christ has mentioned something that gave me the ansewr to my situation. But normally, it is when I sit down with His Word that a verse pops out at me and gives me an understanding of what He would have for me to do. Thank you for all your comments… they really add to the postings!

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