As humans we believe we have some inherent value outside of God, and if anyone diminishes that value, we demand they see us for who we are. The issue is that we diminish the value of God as we go about our everyday lives. Very rarely do we consider God in our daily activities.
The Knowledge of the Holies by AW Hoser:
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” We’ve been conditioned to think of God as this mean, old man who is waiting to catch us in our wrongdoing and He’s not to be trifled with. Or is God a pop-culture icon that is accepting of every lifestyle and every worship because He forgives everything. Our conceptions of God must be rooted in His holy word!!!
- God’s holiness reveals His elevated position above creation
- “I saw the Lord seated on the throne, HIGH and EXALTED.”
- Uzziah was strengthened by God, but he became prideful and was unfaithful to God, which lead to his destruction.
- As an earthly king faded into the dust and death, the true King revealed Himself to Isaiah, seated on a HEAVENLY throne!
- In a time of crisis, the God of the universe remains on the throne and remains in charge.
- God’s presence was so big, so lofty, so great that He himself consumed the temple. He is elevated above all creation.
- The seraphs cry out Holy Holy Holy is the Lord Almighty
- Even these perfect and powerful seraphs cannot be exposed directly to God’s incomparable brightness and beauty
- God is still set apart from heaven’s inhabitants
- Seraphs could be prideful, but they speak about nothing but God’s holiness
- The whole earth is filled with His glory.
- God is simply “other than” and “indescribable”
- God is not like anything or anyone else. He is altogether different.
- Isaiah responded with true humility because he recognized he is nothing compared to God
- When perfection meets imperfection, the imperfect is reduced to nothing.
- Isaiah recognizes that he not only is unclean, but everyone he knows is also unclean
- Isaiah’s response reveals how we ought to view ourselves - in need of cleansing
- In the midst of Isaiah’s filthiness, God meets him
- A seraph descends and touches Isaiah’s unclean part to clean him
- The gospel: Jesus’s blood came to cleanse us of our unclean parts, our sinful selves
- God does not bid us to come when we have achieved perfection. He meets us in the middle of our sin.
- God comes seeking us and reaches us.
- We do all we do because God did it.
- God calls us out of our hiding “Let me fix you.”
- Our filthiness cannot stand in His presence, but He elevated us so we can be in His presence by the merit of Christ
- God is holy holy holy
- He is high and exalted
- He deserves our adoration and our praise
- Isaiah knows that God deserves all of him, his life, his service, his worship
- you can serve God with whatever your life pursuit’s are
- Could it be that you haven’t given yourself over to the Lord because you have a high view of yourself and a low view of Him?
- God is interested in filling not just some spaces, but ALL PLACES including you.
- That can only happen if we see God the way Isaiah sees Him.
- Until you see yourself as nothing and God as everything, and until you see your need for a saviour, you will miss out on God and the joy and salvation
He has invited us to come experience His grace.