Today you should read: Isaiah 6
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
2 thoughts on “February 23, 2019”
What a wonderful reminder, through the wise word in Isaiah, of our purpose……and to be ever in awe of God’s Holiness! Thank you Brice…..and welcome to the Jumpstart team! Great commentary.
Amen! So glad you’re at CPC pointing our youth to Christ. The culture in America in 2019 is fulfilling what we read yesterday in Isaiah 5:20:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,
who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Marriage is being redefined, babies can be legally aborted up to nine months in one of America’s largest states, gender can be changed or redefined, and on and on. Standing up for God’s Word and eternal truth is critical for our youth. We’ll be praying for you as you lead our young people.