5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Last Friday we explored Isaiah’s vision of God on his throne. Isaiah’s response is one of fear and despair, how can he measure up to God, how can he even stand in his presence. His brokenness and sinfulness excludes him. But what is God’s response? Rather than casting Isaiah from his presence he takes the initiative and deals with the issue. This is foretaste, a pointer, to what Jesus was to do for all of us, so that we may all come into God’s presence not with fear but with joy and confidence.
Thank you for Jesus through whom we are enabled to come to you! Now our lips are cleansed, with your Spirit’s help, may they speak of you.