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PRAISE THE KING ALMIGHTY (CAPTIONED)

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We have this morning's sermon text recorded for us by the prophet Isaiah where we read from Chapter 6, the first eight verses: IN THE YEAR THAT KING UZZIAH DIED, I SAW THE LORD SEATED ON A THRONE, HIGH AND EXALTED, AND THE TRAIN OF HIS ROBE FILLED THE TEMPLE. ABOVE HIM WERE SERAPHS, EACH WITH SIX WINGS: WITH TWO WINGS THEY COVERED THEIR FACES, WITH TWO THEY COVERED THEIR FEET, AND WITH TWO THEY WERE FLYING. AND THEY WERE CALLING TO ONE ANOTHER: "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD ALMIGHTY; THE WHOLE EARTH IS FULL OF HIS GLORY." AT THE SOUND OF THEIR VOICES THE DOORPOSTS AND THRESHOLDS SHOOK AND THE TEMPLE WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE. "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 SERAPHS FLEW TO ME WITH A LIVE COAL IN HIS HAND, WHICH HE HAD TAKEN WITH TONGS 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." THEN I HEARD THE VOICE OF THE LORD SAYING, "WHO SHALL I SEND? AND WHO WILL GO FOR US?" AND I SAID, "HERE AM I. SEND ME!" This is the Word of our Lord. Let us pray: Glorious and gracious God, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of each of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, our only source of hope and comfort. Amen. Sermon text taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1978 By the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: It hasn't been that long since you packed away your Christmas decorations. And I want you to go back and think about those decorations. And of the pictures that you have, in your home, of angels. Long flowing hair. Two big beautiful wings. Long flowing gowns. Very comforting. Very picturesque. Very different from what the prophet Isaiah saw when heaven was opened to him. When heaven was opened to him and there he stood in the presence of God with the seraphim and seraphs flying through the air. With six wings, with two covering their faces and two covering their feet. We don't see that type of angels depicted very often in our manger scenes or at the top of our trees, or even on the little statuettes that we put around the house. And yet it's so different that what Scripture describes. And if we, as people, can get that off on angels, imagine what the sinful world can do to the God who sat on that throne! That the angels were flying around and serving. To the God who was sitting there in all of His glory and all of His splendor and His train filling that whole area. Isaiah has difficulty even describing each and every aspect of the Holy King enthroned in heaven. And that's why it's so important for you, and for me, to hear what He has to say so we can take that message into a world that so desperately needs to know that the King of heaven is ruling on His throne. That He is the One who sends blessings into this earth. That His glory is what fills this world. This world that was not formed by chance, that was not formed by accident ... but by the very Word of God created out of nothing! In six 24-hour days by His power. And it shows His divinity. It shows His strength. All of the things of this world point to a god who makes sense; a god who creates with order and decency. But He placed us, the crown of His creation, on a planet, where the gravity is such that we are not plastered to the face of that planet, every second of every day having difficulty moving. Nor to the other extreme where we're floating in space and we would have to tie ourselves down to do any work in this world. The Glory of God is His created order. The wonder, of ALL of the marvelous things that He has given on this planet just in the animal kingdom. To occupy our minds, to study, and to look after ... and see how things work. His glory is evident in all of those things and there is order ... that cats have kittens and dogs have puppies. It makes sense. And that brings glory to His Name. And you and I who have seen Him, enthroned in heaven, realize that and we know that. We have put our faith in that God who created this world. Who is active in that work each and every day. Who knows the amount of rainfall that is going to happen and He is going to sustain people through that rainfall. Whether it's NOT ENOUGH this year or it's TOO MUCH at this moment. That doesn't make God bad. It doesn't make Him evil. It doesn't make Him one who wants to torment human beings. But it's a God who wants people to know and understand that HE IS STILL IN CONTROL. And He will help you. And He will sustain you. And He will see you through that every day. And that God in His love and in His glory gives that blessing to everyone on earth. Not just to His children, not just to those who believe in Him, but the sun shines on the believer and the unbeliever. The crops grow for the believer and the unbeliever. The believer and unbeliever are fed by the work of their hands that God has provided for them. He's a loving, and compassionate God. He is the King of the universe. And you and I know that, but we have been called to PROCLAIM that. To proclaim the FULL GLORY in the fact that He sent His Son into this world to be our Savior. That Son, born of a virgin, who the wisemen brought gifts to worship and honor that King of the Jews. That King of the Jews who later was mocked and ridiculed on the cross of Calvary, bearing that board above His head that said, he was ... the King of the Jews. But through that death, came OUR release. Through that death, came OUR forgiveness. That OUR sins had been atoned for and that King, yes, He died but destroyed death with His resurrection. Through His own power and strength, Jesus has ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God. They are there ruling all things for the benefit of the church. For MY benefit and YOUR benefit, for OUR good and we are to proclaim that praise to the world. So that they understand there IS a God, there IS a King, there IS the one true God and what wonderful things He has done for them. And He DOES for them each and every day in our lives. We need to recognize those blessings from God. Especially that blessing that our sin has been atoned for. Because even though Isaiah could not fully describe the King of heaven as he stood in the presence of that King one thing was painfully obvious to him. And that he was ruined. That he was a sinful man. He talked about his unclean lips. That did not say the things that God desired; that did not proclaim the praise of God always. And in the presence of God, he trembled and shook and fell to his knees. I think that's such a foreign concept, maybe even for us as the children of God who so love what God has done by sending us His Son. Who so love coming to Him and spending time with Him. But if we look at all the examples of when God revealed Himself in Scripture what were the reactions of the people? Even Peter and those other disciples in our Gospel Lesson, when they realized that that catch of fish came from the power of God were humbled. And they fell before Him. Do we realize that that God in heaven is all-powerful, is totally holy and that when we stand in His presence the overwhelming sensation is going to be that we are sinful human beings?!! It's not like going to our father and saying I'm going to convince you that I was not the one who wrecked the car. Or going to our mother and saying: She's so stupid, I can lie to her to her face and it's not gonna matter. We're not going to go to God like He's a nice grandpa who can't hear everything we say and doesn't see everything that we do and is gonna go: Oh, it's all right. We're going to stand in front of God and realize that we are 100% sinners. And we can't save ourselves. That it HAS to be the LORD. It HAS to be God and what He has done. It has to be God who takes the action. Just like God sending that angel with the live coal to Isaiah's mouth and putting it there and purifying it, God has also purified us. From that sin that we were born with, from the sin that so pollutes us, He has purified us by the blood shed by His Son on the cross. He has made atonement for our sins. Our relationship with God is restored. We realize He has forgiven our sins and that He loves us. And THAT is what we proclaim to the world. That is what we share to a world that outside of faith only sees a God as the punisher. Not as the One who sent His Son in love and saved people from their sins. God desires messengers. He wants people to tell others who He is and what He's done. In heaven He addressed that to the angels: Who will go for us? Who is going to be the one that I will send? Isaiah realizes that he was a sinner, but that God had purified him. Taking those unclean lips and he now says: "Here am I. Send me!" I will be the one who will proclaim You as King in all the world. And look at the record Isaiah has left for us. Not only this precious picture that is so familiar to us, but what about the prophecies of the coming of God's Son: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government will be on His shoulders! We hear that in our heads or the picture of the Lamb going to slaughter. But He was slain for us. He carried our infirmities, our iniquities and like a lamb before his shearers is silent, He suffered and died for us. That's what Isaiah told people about the King. That's how he proclaims his praises and you and I know that. We have SO much knowledge within us of the loving God who rules from His throne in heaven. I hope and pray you answer the Lord's call ... answer the Lord's call to be His messengers, by saying: Here am I. Send me. Amen. Let us rise. Now may the peace of God which goes beyond all of our understanding, keep your hearts and your minds and especially your lives, in the one true faith unto life everlasting. Amen.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 18 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 75
Posted by: hischild on Feb 12, 2010

When Isaiah was called to be a prophet of the Lord, he was given a glimpse of heaven. In this Closed Captioned sermon we learn how and why he accepted the Lord's call. To contact Pastor Dave: www.ziontorrance.info

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