Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

I had a very interesting day today dealing with a certain Catholic apologist. This confrontation messed up my concentration. I felt torn between continuing with our study of Matthew 5 or writing something specific against the attack I absorbed earlier. Instead of making that decision, I mowed my lawn. Then my wife and I did some research on the internet. By the time I got back to this it was too late to start so I decided to post one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament.

I cannot read this without worshipping the Living God. I pray that you will do so as well.

In Christ

Mike Ratliff

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said: “Until cities lie waste without inhabitant, and houses without people, and the land is a desolate waste, and the LORD removes people far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. And though a tenth remain in it, it will be burned again, like a terebinth or an oak, whose stump remains when it is felled.” The holy seed is its stump. (Isaiah 6:1-13 ESV)

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7 thoughts on “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?

  1. What a splendid verse to share. Perhaps the trials and events of the day intermingled exactly as they did so this glorious portion of Holy Writ would be posted thusly.

    I pray …

    16 that according to the riches of HIS glory HE may grant you to be strengthened with power through HIS Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19

    In Christ,

    Kim

  2. Oh Kim my dear sister in Christ, thanks for your wonderful and scriptural prayer!

    I was sitting here all upset with myself for allowing this to affect me like that then I posted that passage and went and made a bowl of popcorn. When I got back I decided to read the post. It was as if God spoke to me EXACTLY what you said in your comment. I could see clearly the spiritual blindness and deafness in the ones who attacked me. I could see also that we are to continue to speak the truth even to those who refuse to hear or see. Again, your comment was timely, encouraging and much appreciated.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

  3. Amen, Mike. I love Isaiah 6 because it shows God’s holiness, it shows man’s evilness, and then it shows God’s love to cleanse man of his evilness and make him pure before God. That God would lean down and wipe us clean …one has to say amen to what Kim wrote. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

  4. Can you imagine being in Isaiah shoes, seeing into the heavenly sanctuary, seeing the glory of God? How could he not see his sin being in the presence of the Holy of Holies? It would bring you to your knees. When He called us, we seen our sin, we knew we needed to be forgiven. The revelation the Lord shows us and transforms us to be His servants and inspires us to serve Him and Him alone..

    They will hear but never understand until the Lord reveals Himself to them.
    “Salvation is of the Lord”
    Thank you Lord for awaking this dead dead heart and inspiring me to serve you.

    Cristina

  5. Kim, Sarah and Cristina,
    Isaiah’s vision sure shows who is in control doesn’t it? Did Isaiah come into God’s presence because he chose to? No, God did that. Did Isaiah see his sin and repent simply because he chose to or was it that the Holiness of God made him see himself for how he really was? We can’t help but repent when God does this in our hearts. Did Isaiah cleanse himself? No that was an act by God to send the Angel to sear his mouth with that coal. What was Isaiah’s response when God asked for a messenger? Isaiah was first in line. Why? He was seeing himself and the world the way God does. Why? God gave him that ability. Notice also that Isaiah was to preach at the same time the people’s hearts would become harder and their minds darker and Isaiah gladly took on the task.
    Thank you all for your kind words and I really appreciate your spiritual insight into God’s Word and Ways. Your comments are always blessings to this old soldier.
    In Christ
    Mike Ratliff

  6. Yes, Mike. And the Seraphim, that were created just for eternal worship, could say “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” but they don’t. They could say “Love, Love, Love” but they don’t. God has instructed them and empowered them to say “Holy, Holy, Holy” around His throne.

    He doesn’t have holiness, HE IS HOLY. And the one phrase on the garments of the High Priest was “Holiness to the Lord”. And to think I have been given holiness by the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ.

    Completely capturing that in the recesses of my seratonin tunnels is gloriously out of my league. Praise His Holy Name Forever!!!

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