Holiness and Humility
There are 3 ways in which we see how God is described as holy in Isaiah 6:
- The Seraphim, these angelic beings, cover their face with their wings and cannot even look at God because of His holiness (v. 2)
- The Seraphim repeat “Holy” three times in verse 3, which adds emphasis. During this time, whenever something was repeated it was to show its importance.
- Lastly, God’s holiness is displayed when Isaiah sees the Lord and recognizes his own sin (v. 5). Just by looking at God, Isaiah saw himself as a wicked and sinful man, because he realized he was nowhere close to the holiness of God.
There is a second key concept in this passage: humility. In verse 5, Isaiah shows humility in the fact that he is willing to confess his own sin. Following his confession, verse 7 describes that Isaiah’s sin was atoned for. It is amazing to see that God gave grace to Isaiah, a man of unclean lips. But verse 5 is not the only place Isaiah shows humility. In verse 8, God is looking for a servant who will go to Israel and Isaiah does not hesitate to respond. Isaiah humbles himself and will be the servant of the Lord because he has seen God’s holiness, seen his own wickedness, and has seen his own sins be forgiven. Lastly, Isaiah displays humility because he will do what the Lord commands but the people will not listen to him (v. 9-13).
The amazing thing about Isaiah 6 is the parallels to believers today. If you are a believer in Christ, there was a time when you recognized your sin and confessed it before God and He forgave you. That is incredible news! But as believers, we need to regularly humble ourselves and be committed to the mission God has given us, to “go and make disciples of all nations”.
Do we truly understand and appreciate how holy and mighty God is?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice