Chapter 21 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? (Isaiah 6.8).
To answer this question we must begin with worship, the kind of worship Jesus talked about in John 4, worship that is in spirit and in truth.
The author points out that America has traditionally been known for three things, “our freedom of worship as well as our work ethic in the marketplace and our enjoyment of sports and entertainment.” But, he says, these three things have gotten out of balance. We too often, “play at our worship . . . worship our work . . . and work at our play.”
Like the times we live in, Isaiah 6 was written at a time of instability and uncertainty. King Uzziah had died. He had been a good king who had sought the Lord, brought prosperity to the people, and kept the nation strong. He had been the only king most of the them had ever known.
Life had been good. Perhaps they, like us, failed to have the kind of personal relationship with God they should have. Perhaps the same three things were out of balance in their lives. But now … the king was dead!
But instead of focusing on the circumstances around him, Isaiah was in the temple. Hawkins says:
(M)aybe you’ve realized this: rich worship experiences often come during times of chaos and crisis. Perhaps your Uzziah has died, and you find yourself without that one person or thing in whom you had placed your trust. Such was the context of Isaiah’s worship experience.
As a result, Isaiah saw the Lord “sitting on a throne, high and lifted up” (v. 1). Their earthly king was dead, but God was still on His throne!
The author goes on:
Isaiah’s worship experience is left for all posterity in order that we might truly know if we have worshipped God in spirit and in truth. We see from his experience that genuine worship will always result in upward evidence, inward evidence, and outward evidence of our encounter with the Lord.
The upward evidence was that he saw God in His holiness, high and lifted up. He said, “The whole earth is full of His glory!” (v. 3).
But when we have truly seen God in His holiness, we see ourselves in our sinfulness, the inward evidence. Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! For I am a man of unclean lips … for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (v. 5).
That leads us to the outward evidence. Once we have seen ourselves as we really are, our gratefulness for His mercy leads us to see others and their great need for Christ. Now Isaiah was ready for God’s question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Isaiah’s answer should be ours, as well, “Here I am. Send me!” (v. 8).
Next week’s question: “Who among you fears the Lord?” (Isaiah 50.10).
Last week’s question: “Who can find a virtuous wife?” (Proverbs 31.10). Read it here.
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