Chapters 5 through 8 chronicle Isaiah as a prophet and his vision of judgment upon wicked people. It begins in chapter 5 as he prophesies the end of the wicked people of Judah. Isaiah is then needed to warn the people of Judah of their impending doom; he sees that the people will hear his warnings but not respond. This leads to Isaiah doubting his own abilities to be a worthy follower of God. The last chapters are about Ahaz and his reluctance to heed Isaiah’s warnings.
What is one key verse and why?
Isaiah 6:5-7: “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.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tings from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
These verses are so impactful for me because they show a sinful person acknowledging their sin for the first time. We all have that moment where we finally “see” God and this forces us to acknowledge and come to terms with the sin in our lives. We know God = We know our sin. This can be a really hard thing to accept but the important thing to remember is we then have the opportunity and the privilege to be forgiven and saved by God.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
This passage allows me to see how God sees us as sinners and does not turn His back on us. God has a willingness to save us and give us grace that is incredibly overwhelming and beautiful.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
I think, “woe is me,” far too often, especially when confronted with my own sin or when affected by the sins of others. Quickly, this will lead to negativity and judgment of myself and everyone around me. My perception needs to change by remembering that God knows me and knows I am worthy of forgiveness.
How will you go with God because of this reading?
I will work to communicate better with God. Sometimes crying out and admitting I have “unclean lips” is necessary to becoming closer to God and allowing His forgiveness to wash me clean.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?
What is Jesus known for? Loving us and saving us. We see Jesus forgive sinners time and time again through the New Testament. Amen!