Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wisdom for a Fresh Encounter with the King and Kingdom Today P3

Wisdom for a Fresh Encounter with the King and Kingdom Today.
Part Three

In this study we will look at another Biblical example of God’s supernatural interaction with people. This God encounter is a reminder for us that an encounter with God or an experience of the move of God among His people are not restricted to one time encounters at the beginning of our journey of faith. The prophet Isaiah was already called of God and had been faithfully serving Him.

What we see these elements during this encounter.
1. Isaiah’s heart was burdened for the people of God and he was in the Temple seeking God because the King who was God’s appointed leader of the people had died.

2. Isaiah was seeking God’s wisdom and direction for the nation or people of God.

3. During his visit to the Temple Isaiah had an encounter with God in which the throne room of heaven and the activity there was revealed to him.

4. Immediately Isaiah realizes that he has enter the throne room of God and his heart cries out, ‘woe is me’. This is not because he is not living a life that pleases God, but because he realizes that that he and the people of God are unclean when compared to God.

5. It is in response to his arrival and reaction that an angel brings a hot coal and places it on his lips symbolizing the cleansing of his heart and life in the presence of God. This sanctification is seen elsewhere in scripture as a requirement that preceded a significant encounter with God. Isaiah is told that his iniquity, guilt and sin are atoned for.

6. Once the cleansing has taken place Isaiah hears a conversation among the Father, Son and Holy Spirit asking whom they shall send with a strong message of rebuke and correction to God’s people.

7. It is in this place of awe that Isaiah’s willingness to do the tuff stuff for God is revealed, as he says, “Here am I send me.”

Isaiah in the Temple
(Fresh fire, Fresh revelation, Fresh humility and holiness, Fresh call, Fresh vision)
Isa 6:1-8
6:1 IN THE year that King Uzziah died, [in a vision] I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and the skirts of His train filled the [most holy part of the] temple. [John 12:41.] 6:2 Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew.
6:3 And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!
6:4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because 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! 6 Then flew one of the seraphim [heavenly beings] to me, having a live coal in his hand which he had taken with tongs from off the altar;
6:7 And with it he touched my mouth and said, Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity and guilt are taken away, and your sin is completely atoned for and forgiven.
6:8 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. AMP

Other Places where the Glory of the King is revealed in some way.
Ex 33:21-34:1;
Job 38-41;
Rev 1-4.

Isaiah’s Encounter
Please note the following points.
1. The Circumstances
2. The Setting
3. The Reaction of man
4. The Response of God
5. The Call or Opportunity of God
6. The Opportunity and Response of man

Questions to consider
1. Are you responding to your circustances by seeking God for His answers?
2. When you encounter Him will you respond with Isaiah's attitude?
3. If He calls you to a new asignment will you say yes?

Artwork: http://www.templemount.org/solomon.html

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