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THE LORD ALMIGHTY (CC)

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Sunday, June 3, 2012 Sermon Text: ISAIAH 6:1-8 www.ziontorrance.info Holy Trinity Sunday Let us rise for the reading of this morning's sermon text recorded for us by the Prophet Isaiah where we read the first 8 verses from Chapter 6: 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, "WHOM 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. [Text taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.] Dear Followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ: Ever since I was a little kid, this portion of Scripture fascinated me. And it fascinated me probably from this standpoint: I grew up in a town of 200 people. Small ... quiet ... boring little town. Alright, and I had a lot of people who told me things about heaven and my own pictures and ideas of what heaven was about. And especially those angels. Those beautiful women in beautifully flowing gowns with these two huge white wings coming out of their backs. That's what I remember about heaven. This place where, yes, there were cute little babies like cupid, floating on clouds, and it was nice and quiet and wonderful. Kind of like that town of 200. But then I would hear this story in church. I would hear this account in Sunday School where Isaiah goes to heaven and witnesses and sees the LORD Almighty. The God of heaven. The God of the universe with His robe filling the temple. And the angels that were there ... the seraph ... that were flying around with six wings. SIX wings! Two wings that covered their faces. With two they covered their feet. And with two, they were flying. And they were making this cacophony of noise. But they were praising God! They were active. There were things that were going on. That there was smoke that filled the temple and all I had in my mind was this is what a huge city must be like. Like Green Bay. Or Milwaukee. That there was things that went on all of the time. That there were activities that were going on. That heaven was this interesting and this place that I could barely begin to grasp and understand. But it was the home of my God. It was where my Lord was. And yet revealed bits and pieces of it throughout the pages of Scripture, as a way to encourage us. As a way to keep us focused on who He is ... on what He has done. And those angels that Scripture describes. Those angels were very unlike those beautiful women with their two wings. But those angels had purpose. They were the army of God; created to serve Him and to do His will. To carry out His bidding. That they were dedicated to Him, dedicated to His plan in carrying out every whim that God had. Every portion of His will. And they gathered together in heaven to praise His name. To cry out, as Isaiah heard: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty. The LORD, the compassionate One. The God of the Covenant. The God who was going to save His people from their sins. God the Father who had a plan of salvation. That He created a world and created human beings not so that they could live forever in the grasp of Satan, bound to an eternal death. But that they could be His own. To become His children. And He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to accomplish that plan. That the punishment that those people that He had created be placed on His Son. And Jesus willingly sacrificed Himself so that we could be children of God. And the Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit into people's hearts, into people's lives, using that Word of God. That Holy Spirit that has come to people causing them to understand Scripture. To see with the eyes of faith all that God has done. To trust in Him. To believe in Him. To put their full confidence in this Triune God. The Lord. The Almighty. The One that the angels were crying out in praise. And then I think of how we treat angels in our everyday life. Somehow our culture has turned them into not the army and the servants of God, but those beings that do the things that human beings want. How selfish we as human beings can be. That we can take the greatness of God ... His army, and somehow make it all about us! And about what WE want! What WE want those angels to be doing for us in our life instead of realizing that they are the Lord's ... to do His bidding and to carry out His will. And we know that God uses those angels to guard us. And to protect us. To keep our feet from stumbling. We thank God for those special blessings. That those created beings are there praising God around the throne and carrying out His will. The workers of God. And we rejoice that God has at His disposal that vast army. That vast army to protect the Church. To keep it safe. To do and carry out God's will. We remind ourselves how important that is. But we also remind ourselves as Isaiah was reminded: That when we look at that picture of heaven, we're just terrified. To stand in the middle of that glory and holiness and splendor. One thing became extremely evident to Isaiah. That he was ruined. That he was a sinful man. To stand in the presence of Almighty God is a complete realization for any human being of all of our lackings, of all of our shortcomings, of our total depravity and our total sin. To know that we are NOTHING like God. Because He is total holiness, complete and true. And sin corrupts us each and every moment of every day. But in that presence of God we are also reminded of the love that He has had in sending His Son. In giving His Spirit. To call us to be His own. To be holy and to be righteous because of Christ's holiness and Christ's righteousness. Because of the work that Christ has done. And Isaiah realized that as well. Purified of his sins. So much so, that when God Himself asked the question: Whom shall We send? Isaiah stands and says: Here am I. Send me! Send me to be the one to proclaim Your message. To tell the people the news of God. To be Your prophet. Send me out as the one who will tell others of who You are and what You have done. And that work is still important today. That work of proclaiming the Trinity. Because that doctrine is attacked on every side of not being rational and not making sense. And that word is not used in Scripture. But yet we know this is what Scripture teaches. Three persons, distinct and unique in one God. And that is what we proclaim. The truth of Scripture. Showing the work of God the Father in creation, in preserving this world. Proclaiming the work of God the Son our Savior. Teaching people about the Spirit of God who brings people to faith and keeps them in the faith. But yet that is our one God. The God who we worship. The God who we praise. The God who we adore. And we are the ones who proclaim that truth today. And just let it stand: It IS the Word of God. Those who are of God, will believe it. Those who are not of God, will always attack it. Will always not understand it and will choose to ignore it. But yet we have seen a wonderful glimpse of heaven, of what God is truly all about. And just like when I was a little kid, it intrigued me to find out more. To say: What is this God all about? Because it was interesting. It was exciting. It opened for me the marvels of Scripture by the power of the Holy Spirit. And today I teach you. And today you teach your children. And God still sends out that call. That call: Who is going to go and tell? Who is going to go out and share this wonderful news of the God of Scripture; the God of all eternity. The LORD God Almighty! We sit here today and sing our "Holy, Holy, Holy" to Him as well. But we remind ourselves also to stand up and to say: Here am I. I know You. I believe You. I trust You. Send me to tell others. 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 22 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on Jun 5, 2012

On this Holy Trinity Sunday, Pastor Dave checks out the God Isaiah saw as revealed in Chapter 6 of the Book of Isaiah ... the God of our salvation who fills the whole earth with His glory.

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