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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…

In our previous study we saw that the Lord had revealed Himself to Isaiah in this vision, causing Isaiah to recognize his sinfulness and his inability to merit the forgiveness of those sins.  This was the Lord preparing Isaiah’s heart to receive His forgiveness and cleansing…

We now see the Lord raising up one of His disciples to take His purifying Word (the gospel message) to Isaiah…

Isa 6:6  Then 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:

We find four symbols being used in this verse:

1. The flying seraphim (symbolic of a Christian actively obeying God’s commands)

2. A live coal (the life giving, purifying gospel message)

3. His brazen altar (Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross)

4. The Tongs (the Holy Spirit that applies the Word to the lost individual)

Here is the basic events taking place in this part of the vision… they all revolve around the Christian taking God’s Word and preparing to share it with the lost individual who sees his need of salvation…

1. The Christian is now following the commands of the Lord, seeking to take the gospel to the lost.

2. He takes the gospel message (the coal) which is based upon the message of Christ’s sacrificial work on the cross (the brazen altar).

3. The Christian takes the gospel message (the coal) through the Holy Spirit’s (the tongs) power and enabling. It is only through the Holy Spirit that the Christian is able to take the gospel handle it, teach it, properly apply it and use it effectively.  It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that there will be any results borne from the sharing of the gospel.

Folks, this is the preparation that should take place as we prepare to take the gospel to the lost…

1. We should go always be asking God to direct us to the individual He would have receive it.  And then, ask Him to open the opportunity for us to speak to them.

2. We should go with the motive of loving the lost wanting to share God’s word with them.

3. We should go remembering the work that Christ has done on the cross and in our hearts.  This should cause us to witness humbly, lovingly and carefully.  We should realize that, apart from God’s grace, we would be in the same shape as the lost individual to whom we are witnessing.

4. We should consider that our witness will have spiritual ramifications in the life of the hearer.  Our witness is a BIG DEAL we should not take it lightly nor irresponsibly.  We need to be sure we are prepared spiritually before going forth to share the wondrous gospel message.

May we all be prepared to be a witness for Him before we leave our “quiet time” with Him today.

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

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  1. terry1954 says:

    thank you for this great lesson Rob

  2. Lyn Leahz says:

    Be humble, kind, and gentle to those who do not know the Lord, and give our backslidden sisters and brothers’ a good spanking! Another awesome post Rob!

    • Rob Barkman says:


      You do have a way of phrasing things! But I do get what you are saying. We should always be kind and gentle to those who are in need of salvation… if it were not for the Lord’s grace we would be in the same condition as they. When it somes to Christians who have been taught the truth, I agree with you. When we as Christians know the truth and refuse to do the truth we need a good spanking.
      But, in the case of a Christian who has never been taught the truth, I prefer to use the kind and loving approach to help them see what the Lord has taught. It seems as if, as time goes on, there are more Christians who are not being taught God’s Word in their churches. It is causing a real problem. How can we expect Christians to live lives for the Lord when they have never been taught God’s Word? Thanks for bringing up this subject. it is very near to my heart. Lord bless you and thanks for adding to the posting!

  3. Rob I do appreciate the way you thoroughly explain the Scriptures.

    We are sooooooooo privileged to be given the ministry of reconciliation; to be used by the omnipotent God to speak His words of life to needy souls . . . and we need to be aware of the great responsibility we have.

    • Rob Barkman says:


      I have always been a person who likes organization, almost to a fault. I make lists all the time. I think that is a part of why I have a tendency to take each verse one part at a time, explain it and then move on. I mostly preach the same way that I write. For some people, this type of ministry helps them to learn a great deal of the Bible. For others, it bores them to death. I’ve come to the conclusion the Lord made me this way for this very purpose. I just thank Him for choosing to use me to be a blessing to some. I said all that to say that when I do these postings it doesn’t cross my mind about being detailed. They just end up being this way.

      And you are so right about our responsibility. I think we all fail at times not being the testimony we should. Lord bless you. Thank you so much for all your kind encouraging words. And the example you set for anyone who is striving to remain faithful to Christ. You are a blessing to me.

  4. I learned a great lesson some years ago….in that even thought it is up to we as Christians to pray for and speak for the Lord to others it is not up to us to in fact ‘worry’ about ‘saving’ them…but instead that is the Holy Spirit’s job.I hope I’ve said that as I mean to…I always love reading your blogs Rob because they say things in such a way as to be understood….Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I agree with you 100%. It is our responsibility to take the gospel to the lost around us but it will only be through the working of the Spirit that the gospel message is understood and applied to the lost person. Thats’ why it is som important after we tell others about Christ we continue in prayer for them. Thanks for a great comment. Lord bless you.

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