Summary: An exposition of Isaiah 6
Entering the Presence of The Lord
Seated on a Throne vs. 1
Our Worship vs. 2-4
Our Unworthiness vs. 5-7
What a joy it is to be here
Very honored that David asked me to teach
He is in South Africa ministering the a group of pastors down there
Sometimes you don’t know the impact your church is having outside these doors but your church is reaching the nations with the Gospel
Your church has impacted ours
We have had multiple people attend the Bible College
Our youth dept has attended camps with yours
Beyond that Andrea has led worship and Pastor Keith has come and taught
Isaiah 6 is one of the most famous chapters in the whole Bible
Why? Because Isaiah has a vision of God in the throne room
Just reading it should move you
Isaiah sees God seated on the Throne of Heaven
The experience of having a glimpse of the majesty of God’s glory dramatically impacted him and caused him to understand God’s purpose for his life in a new way.
The same can happen for us. We experience the presence of the Lord and it changes us
Today we are going to look at Entering the Presence of the Lord
While we may not see a vision of God physically we can enter the holy of holies
As soon as the veil was torn in the temple access to God was granted
The question we need to ask ourselves is do we want to enter?
Read Isaiah 6:1-7
Transition: King Uzziah
King Uzziah was on the throne when Isaiah began his ministry
He began his reign when he was only 16 years old, and he reigned 52 years.
Overall, he was a good king, and 2 Kings 15:3 says, he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
He brought stability and prosperity to Israel and his death was a great loss
Isaiah felt the loss of this great king to the country
Not only did the country lose a great king but it is believed that Isaiah’s dad Amoz was brothers with Amaziah, Uzziah’s dad… so it was a personal lost
At one of Isaiah and Israel’s lowest moments God reveals himself
It is amazing how we can be at our lowest points and God makes himself known
It is often at those moments he ushers us into his presence
But we don’t need to be down in the dumps to experience His presence
I want to show you how to enter in
Seated on the Throne vs. 1
The first step in entering the presence of God is to realize He is seated on the Throne
vs. 1 I saw the LORD sitting on a throne:
Where was the LORD when Uzziah died? The LORD was sitting on a throne!
God was still enthroned in heaven, and was still in charge of Israel
There is a throne in heaven, and the LORD God sits upon it as the sovereign ruler of the universe!
This is central fact of heaven; that there is an occupied throne in heaven.
Sovereign kings sit on thrones. Judges sit on thrones.
Those with proper authority and sovereignty sit on thrones.
God is high and lifted up, we don’t lift him up, he already is
For us to experience God we have to realize that he is above our problems and this earth
He is in complete control and nothing surprises him
There is a quote from the Chuck Smith devotional Wisdom for Today
“The next time you find yourself shackled by worry or confusion or pain, look up. Take your eyes off of your problems and place them on God. Sing to your creator and watch your dark prison change into a house of praise.”
Many times we don’t experience God because our eyes aren’t looking too him
We are focused on all the other things besides looking up to heaven
Praise and worship aren’t on our lips, WE mutter and complain or fret and worry
But God is high and lifted up above all of that and we have to picture Him seated on the Throne
For us to experience God we have to see God seated on throne high above our problems
This is a trust issue
We often don’t want to trust God with our lives because we want to keep control of what goes on
That is a false sense of reality… you are not in control
High, not in unreachable, but in authority
He wants us to look to him and recognize his power and authority
How powerful is he?
Finally we see the train of his robe filling the temple
Back in the day the length of your robe showed how prosperous you were as a ruler