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About-Him.Com Devotional 03-26-2011

Mine Eyes Have Seen the King
Isaiah 6:1 ¶  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
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.
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:
7  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

We are told that the prophet Isaiah was a priest of the royal line who functioned in the court of King Uzziah of Judah. Uzziah reigned for 52 years and was a very popular and successful king who  did right in the sight of the Lord until the very end of  his reign, when he disobeyed God and was stricken with leprosy and died (2Chron.18:21-26).  

Isaiah’s world was turned upside down. What would become of his secure job in the king’s court? Uzziah had kept Judah’s enemies at bay, would they now rise up and strike at Judah? I’m sure that Isaiah was faithful to the house of God. I’m sure that he kept the law and paid his tithes and  observed all of the rituals, but something was lacking and something was about to change. He had a vision of the living God sitting upon the throne of heaven.  

The Lord’s throne was very high and lifted up. The train of the robe that He wore filled the whole temple. There was absolutely no room for anything else in that temple except the Lord.  Heavenly beings flew above the throne and called to one another, and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” When these heavenly beings thought upon the absolute purity of our Lord, they cried, “Holy, Holy Holy!’  When they thought upon the absolute perfection of the Lord, they cried, “Holy, Holy Holy!” As they covered their eyes because of the glory that emanated from His being, they like John fell down as dead  (Rev. 1:18) and cried, “Holy, Holy Holy!”  

As a current song says, “Holy is the only word that can describe Him.” In fact it is a proper name of God. Isaiah 57:15  states “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy“….. Note that when Holy is capitalized it denotes a proper noun. If it were uncapitalized it would be descriptive  adjective.  Well there is no adjective that can describe Him, so we just call on His name, Holy. When we call on the name that is above every name (Eph. 1:21;Php. 2:9), no prayer is unheard.  

When I think of the self existent God whose very being is light (1Jn. 1:5), I cry “Holy.” When I think of how he looked out over a vast expanse of nothingness and said, “Let their be light,” and His being illuminated the whole universe  what can I say, except, “Holy.” When I consider that this Holy God determined after the counsel of His own will to  gather all things together in one, even in Christ (Eph. 1:10-11), what can I say except, “Holy.”  Realizing that this High and Lofty God wrote my name in the Lamb”s book of life, even before creation, what else can I cry except, “Holy.” Knowing that to accomplish my salvation, the crucifixion of Jesus was an accomplished fact in the mind of God before creation, I can only cry, Holy, Holy, Holy (Rev. 13:8).  

Isaiah would never be the same again. When He saw the majesty and holiness of God, he realized that he was a sinful man who lived in the midst of sinful people, He cried out “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 (Isa. 6:5). One of the Seraphim flew to him and touched his lips with a coal of fire from the altar and told him that his iniquities were taken away and his sins  purged. Isaiah then heard the voice of the Lord crying “Who will go for us, and Isaiah‘s reply was, Here am I, send me.”    

Well, most of us are a lot like the prophet Isaiah.  We go along to get along. We go to church, pay our tithes and do what is asked of us, although we’re not too quick to volunteer.  Things are fine until some event turns our world upside down.  Perhaps the doctor tells us that we have cancer. Ordinary church doesn’t touch us, we have to touch the throne of heaven.  Perhaps we’ve lost the position that we’ve performed faithfully for years, we realized that we have to touch the One who clothes the lilies and feed the raven.  Perhaps we are like the women who had an issue of blood. Kind words and platitudes wouldn’t do, she had  to meet the Master. She knew that the fringe on His garment symbolized the righteousness of God, and she determined in her heart that nothing was going to stop her, she was going to touch that fringe and be healed, and she was (Mt. 9:20-22).  

When we cry out to Him, He’ll meet us just like He met Isaiah. No, we’ll most likely not be caught up to heaven, but we will realize that the Holy God of heaven is aware of our situation and that He has met our needs whether they be  physical or spiritual, or both. Most of all we, like Isaiah, will be able to mark the time and place that we had an encounter with the Holy God of heaven, and we will never again be the same.  

I suppose that it may have been possible for Isaiah to let this encounter with God pass by, without being changed. However he confessed his sin and his helplessness and was purged by the fiery coal from the altar. Isn’t that what happened on the day of Pentecost? The unbelieving crowd observed as 120 believers were filled to overflowing. After listening to Peter preach, they could only respond, “What shall we do?”    

Acts 2:37 ¶  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Yes friend, you can have the same  encounter with a Holy God that Isaiah had. You can be filled (Acts 2:4) and refilled (Acts 4:31) to overflowing like the apostles of old. We can be totally purged by the fire from the altar  of God as we surrender totally to our Holy God and let Him fill us with His Holy Spirit.  

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