Honor The Lord Isa. 6:1-13 March 08, 2009
Around 20 years ago I saw a sermon on this passage and they outline it, “Woe, Lo, and Go.” When Isaiah saw the Lord he said, “woe is me.” In verse 7 he says, “Lo that this has touched your lips,” and in verse 9 God speaks to Isaiah and tells him to, “Go! Say to these people.” All of this took place in the year of the king’s death. We do not properly Honor The Lord, If we have some sort of king too prominent in our life.
1. Isaiah Honored The Lord Through The . . Sights He Saw. 6:1-4
A. He Saw The . . Majestic Honor Of The Lord.. 6:1
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and His robe filled
B. He Saw The . . Magnifying Honor Of The Lord. 6:2-3
2 Seraphim were standing above Him; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.
C. He Saw The . . Manifested Honor Of The Lord. 6:4
4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
Isaiah saw the Lord Honored through, majesty, magnification and manifestation. He saw the Lord’s throne highly elevated in a very lofty and majestic position. In addition He received a threefold magnification of holy, holy, Holy, from the angelic seraphim. This praise further manifests itself with the shaking of the foundations of the doorways and smoke filling the Temple. It has been suggested the three time praise may be in appreciation of the trinity of our Lord.
2. Isaiah Honored The Lord Through The . . Sensations He Experienced. 6:5-7
A. He Experienced The Sensation Of Awareness Of His Own . . Condition. 6:5
. 5 Then I said: Woe is me, for I am ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.
B. He Experienced The Sensation Of Awareness Of God’s . . Cleansing. 6:6-7
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.7 He touched my mouth with it and said: Now Lo that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, and your sin is atoned for.
When people get a view of God like Isaiah did it will cause them to be aware of their own sinfulness. The
prophet felt like his lips were unclean. The Lord initiated the act of cleansing the lips of Isaiah. He sent the seraphim with the hot coal off of God’s altar, and it removed Isaiah wickedness. The seraphim also told Isaiah his sins were atoned. Both of these accomplishments are the work of the Lord. It was, is and always will be the Grace of God?
3. Isaiah Honored The Lord Through The . . Service He Presented. 6:8-9
A. He Honored The Lord In Presenting Himself . . Available. 6:8
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me.
B. He Honored The Lord In Presenting Himself . . Agreeable. 6:9
9 And He replied: Go! Say to these people: Keep listening, but do not understand; keep looking, but
do not perceive.
Isaiah presented his service to the Lord as a servant who proved available and agreeable to whatever the
Lord desired. It sure helps the Lord’s work when a capable person known to be dependable makes himself available. As a pastor it is a blessing to be able to give an individual a job and know it will be done, and done well. The assignment for Isaiah was not pleasant as he would not see the kind of results he would have preferred. However he was blessed in the service he gave.
4. Isaiah Honored The Lord Through The . . Submission He Offered. 6:10-13
A. He Honored The Lord In Submission To The Lord’s . . Tactics. 6:10
10 Dull the minds of these people; deafen their ears and blind their eyes; otherwise they might see with
their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their minds, turn back, and be healed.
B. He Honored The Lord In Submission To The Lord’s . . Timing. 6:11-12
11 Then I said, "Until when, Lord?" And He replied: Until cities lie in ruins without inhabitants, houses are without people, the land is ruined and desolate, 12 and the Lord drives the people far away,
leaving great emptiness in the land.
C. He Honored The Lord In Submission To The Lord’s . . Tithe Principal. 6:13
13 Though a tenth will remain in the land, it will be burned again. Like the terebinth or the oak, which leaves a stump when felled, the holy seed is the stump. HCSB
Isaiah submitted to the Lord’s tactics, timing, and tithe principals. The Lord chose some tactics I do not think Isaiah wanted. The Lord’s long suffering had been given their last recourse. Isaiah asked, “until when, Lord?” The Lord knew what timing He gave to this event and Isaiah submitted to it. It interested me to note the tithe principals. The Lord will not ever be without His people in any situation, or any field of endeavor. Just a month ago the Super Bowl displayed several Christian men who said, “football is a living but Jesus is my life.” Their testimony sure did Honor The Lord. Amen? Amen.