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Can You See It

December 30, 2018

Can You See It?

 

Isaiah 6 King James Version (KJV) 6 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. Message Beloved we are called to people of light this morning.

 

As we observe the new year let us remember that God calls us to agents of light, agents of peace, agents of love. As we read this text from Isaiah we are reminded that above all God is in charge. Listen to the claims of the eagle eye prophet. “In the year that king Uzziah died, I also saw the Lord” This world is moving closer and closer each day to the eschaton of the 2000s. Beloved eschaton is a five dollar word for the end of an age, or the end of a period. This is where we get our word eschatology from which is the study of end times or the study of final moments. I believe Isaiah in this text is onto something because with King Uzziah’s death we are introduced to the end of the reign of a king thus creating a power vacuum that needed to be filled. Also during that time the nation began to experience some upheaval due to the death of King Uzziah.

 

Isaiah is saying in this passage that I see how the nation seems to be breaking down and how we seem to be losing all control but I also see God. He’s not worried, he’s not concerned. He’s not twiddling his thumbs trying to figure out how to respond to the death of our beloved king because while the king is dead Isaiah realizes that the King of Kings is very much alive and well. Which means we have to recognize and be aware of the fact that God is still in control. Even when things don’t work the way we want, we have a God to whom we can go, and that God is seated on His Throne. He’s high and lifted up...and His train still fills the temple. I saw also The Lord. It seemed like the situation wasn’t getting better, but I saw also The Lord. It felt like all hell was breaking loose, but I saw also The Lord. I sat here wondering when I’d be able to make ends meet, but I saw also The Lord. Here I was trying to fix it, I saw also The Lord.

 

That’s point 1: God is in control. But then here’s point 2: recognize your mess. Isaiah when he recognized who God is and compared himself to God, he is quoted in every bible, doesn’t matter what version as saying, “Woe is me, for I am undone” What he is literally saying here is “I recognize that I’m not perfect I’ve made mistakes and I’ve fallen short.” I’ll wait for anyone in here to voluntarily make the claim (while telling the truth at the same time) that you’ve never made a mistake. That’s why you ought not judge people by the mistakes they make or place labels on people whether you do it in this new year or any other year based on the choices people make. Just because you don’t make the same choice doesn’t mean your choice is any less wrong than theirs.

 

I grow tired of pious, pompous, politicians and political leaders that think that their platform of prestige prevents them from dealing with the prudent punishment of God. I come to announce that if you want to make the decision to use your “prestige” and position as a place of corruption and oppression you best be ready to deal with the punishment that follows….otherwise as the saying goes, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” Old school mama would say it this way, “Boy if you can’t deal with that heat, then get your narrow behind outta the kitchen, and stay out.” So here is Isaiah dealing with the fire that’s associated with acceptance of responsibility. And….after he finally comes to this realization, then God starts to speak. And at this point church family my ears are burning because God hasn’t said anything to anybody about anything in all of chapter 6 until Isaiah gets his act together. I can’t recall how many times I’ve gone to God with a laundry list of requests and

 

I say, “Here God do this, make this happen, change this, move me out of this place, fix this” only to hear God say” Let’s fix you first.” Because if I can get Minister LaVante right then maybe that won’t be your issue. Isaiah had to let God fix him first before he was ready to do any kind of prophet work. That then moves on to my third and final point: Respond to God’s command. Listen to God’s question after Isaiah gets his act together: Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? Recognize that without any intermission, or deliberation, or applause, or amens, or response from anyone else, Isaiah says, “Here am I. Send me.” His response to God’s question teaches us that after we see the glory and the grandeur of God in this place, we are to then say yes to His will, yes to His way. Song says it this way “I'll say yes, Lord, yes To your will and to your way I'll say yes, Lord, yes I will trust you and obey When your Spirit speaks to me With my whole heart I'll agree And my answer will be yes, Lord, yes” Isaiah gave God a yes...but not before he let God fix him. What does that say to us then in a world that is so dominated by greed and power and empire and impropriety?

 

IT says that we should be mindful of not only ourselves but of our other brothers and sisters who are likewise followers of Jesus Christ. And when God finally does give directives, we are to follow. Go into the new year with purpose and pride, knowing that before everything seemed to fall apart, God was in control. As our pentecostal brothers and sisters would say, “while we try to figure it out, he’s already worked it out” In the year, that King Uzziah died, I also saw the Lord. Where did you see Him Isaiah, I saw Him seated on His Throne. He was High and Lifted Up, and His Train still filled the temple. Go back to your homes, your families, your places of employment, and fill the place with the Glory of the Living God. Amen.