REALITY CHECK

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Iasiah’s Initial Prophecy

Iasiah was a prophet to the Nothern Kingdom of Israel. When Somolon died and the kingdoms split into two kingdoms…..

Iasiah’s prophecy started by detailing the iniquities that the Jews were committing to God and the punishment they would incur. It even had prophecies of the Kingdom that was to come, namely Zion.

So we see that he was a well seasoned prophet even before ‘he saw the Lord’.

There are many Christians today who have done many things in the name of God and have been labouring for years and then they ‘see the Lord’. When you see the lord something strange happens. It is not to say that Iasiah’s prophecy was worthless because he had not known God yet. It shows that anywhere in your walk with God it is possible to have a reality check with God.

When he saw the Lord

Iasiah saw the Lord in the year that King uzziah died. Many things happened when Uzziah died in terms of change of Monarchy. The signifigance of Uzziah dying is merely historical but notning can be solidly read into his death that corresponds to Iasiah’s vision.

He saw the Lord sitting on the throne.

When he saw God he saw something Glorious.

HIGH AND LIFTED UP

HIS ROBE FILLED THE TEMPLE

SERAPHIM AROUND HIM

THEY SPEAK TO EACH OTHER SAYING HOLY HOLY HOLY

FILLED WITH SMOKE

High and Lifted Up

What do we see when we see God?

Do we see him high and lifted up? High and Exalted? Above all things?

Look at Jesus Praying.

Mat 6:9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Our Father in Heaevn, hallowed be your name!

Jesus saw his father similarly to how Iasiah sees him. High and Lifted up. Worthy to be hallowed. If you did not know what hallowed means it means “to treat as holy”

So Jesus says Holy is your name! Just like the Seraphims that were around the throne.

Filled the Temple

In those days Kings had robes and their robes would have trails. The length of the trail would obviously give you more stature as a king. The robe of God filled the whole temple. His view of God was so majestic that God’s robe was long enough to fill the temple. While it may not have literally been cloth upon cloth upon cloth… it would have been so majestic that would ascribe some soft of importance to this king that is head over alllll others that he would have seein in his lifetime… and Iasiah was one of those prophets that saw many Kings reign.

Filled with Smoke

The temple filled with smoke would not have been uncommon because they were accustomed to the analogy of clouds inhabiting the tabernacle and filling the place. It shows how God’s presence fills the temple. Which is our bodies by the way.

Seeing things from God’s Angle

The way Iasiah saw this was how God wanted him to see it. God gave a vision and Iasiah related what he saw. The way Iasiah saw it is the same way we are supposed to see God. We are supposed to see him High and Lifted up, Full of Glory, Filling the temple, Hallowed, Holy…

Response to Seeing the Lord

In response to seeing God the way he should be seen there was a particular reaction that Iasiah had.

He does two major things.

1. Sees himself in the light of what he has seen

2. Sees everyone else in the light of what he has seen.

HIMSELF

Woe is me! I am lost. I am a man of unclean lips!

Does this mean that Iasiah used to curse? No it means that in the comparative view of God and himself he sees that his righteouness is nothing! The first thing he does is acknowledge himself before God.

The bible is littered with references of those who see themselves in the light of God.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;

Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

OTHERS

Only after he saw himself did he say “I live amongst a people of unclean lips”.

This sounds familiar to use who always bad talk things and don’t look at ourselves. We badtalk the country, the government, our businesses. Comparatively speaking…. in many ways we are no different to them. The only difference is that they are in the limelight. If a spotlight was to shine on your life would you be any different to Patrick Manning, Kamla Persard Besissear, Winston Dookeran, Keith Rowley, Calder Hart, Abu Bakar?

You may immediately answer NO!!! …. but stop and Look at God the way he should be looked at and then see if you realize that you are a man of ‘UNCLEAN LIPS’

Iasiah already knew he was living in such a land. He was prophesying about their disobedience and comming destruction already.

When he saw God it did not matter to him how they were. It mattered to him WHO HE WAS, in light of what he saw. What he say was perfection. A perfection that his prophetic utterance has no right to be measured up to.

Our Response to seeing the Lord

Our response to seeing the Lord should be just like Iasiah. Seeing ourselves in light of his Majesty. The majesty of God is something that we often times ignore because we think we know. We think we have experienced. We think we have been through and we are saved, our first encounter with God was enough to bring about conviction for salvation and that is good enough.

What Iasiah is showing is that even though he was a prophet of God. A fresh encounter with God and God revealing his holiness is possible and he was forced to take a Reality Check.

We should be striving to see the Lord at all times. Consantly wanting to see his holiness and majesty manifested in our lives that puts us in a position where we would be just like the day of salvation. Not to say we will get saved again. But to say my goodness…. HAVE MERCY ON ME GOD. I am UNDONE. I am unworthy! Purge me and cleanse me.

Be like david and say:

Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

Psa 139:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

When we really have such an encounter with God we will be like the Centurion who was as the cross of Christ.

Mar 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

The Cross of Christ is the greatest reality check known to man. When we see Christ we must see our sins on his shoulders and him dying becasue of US. It was our fault, it was our sins, it was our transgressions, it was all ours. When you meditate on the Crucifixion you cannot run out of different ways that the spirit of God can convict you and bring change. The first way is salvation.

Our Response to seeing our land.

When we see iniquity in our land. Or iniquity around us. Before we even attempt to form an OPINION about it. We should from and OPINION about ourselves IN LIGHT OF GOD.

When we see that we would understand how God sees things then like Iasiah we would be better equiped to say. “Here I am Lord Send Me”

Jesus’ teaching of the beam in the eye during the sermon on the mount clearly issustrates this.

Mat 7:3 And why do you look on the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye?

This one is serious because the thing in your brothers eye is a splinter. The greek word is more like twig.

The thing in your eye is a beam. The greek word means like a fallen tree used to build house corner posts.

You may want to criticise and correct and say what is wrong and all these things, and you may THINK that you hav checkecked for the beam in your own eye. But see God in his Holiness and Splendour and then THINK again about what you really see. Line your self up with the word like in James 2 and see where you line up. You may see something worse than what you are seeing around you in your country and surroundings.

When you have done that, you will reach a place of extreme submission to God that you will allow him to clean out the iniquity like he did Iasiah… then you can proceed to carry out God’s will in your environment.

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