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ISAIAH 6:1-8 "THE VISION OF GOD" Uzziah began to reign when just 16 years old, Reigned 52 yrs. Popular, powerful, 1st cousin of Isaiah. Chaotic times, northern kingdom is falling. I. GOD WANTS US TO GET OUR EYES UPON HIM. A. Many times things block our vision of God. 1. We feel secure in our job. We feel secure in our home. We feel secure in our leader. 2. We know God, we love Him, we trust Him. a. Yet we are not really depending on Him. 3. Many times God removes our props. a. We become ill. b. We lose our job. c. Our leader dies. 4. Chaos ensues. a. What are we going to do now? b. How will we survive? 5. The throne is empty. a. Uzziah had held things together. b. What will happen to us now? c. Ephraim and Syria are threatening to invade. B. Isaiah looked to God and received a vision of God. 1. He was sitting on the throne. a. The throne is not empty. b. God has things in control. 2. Oh that we could look beyond our circumstances today. a. We need to catch a vision of God enthroned. II. THE EFFECT OF THE VISION ON ISAIAH, "WOE IS ME." A. Seeing himself in God's light, he saw his sinful state. 1. There were the angels veiling their fans from His glory, crying Holy, Holy, Holy. 2. "I am a man of unclean lips." a. Unclean lips bedspread an unclean heart, "out of the abundance of the heart..." B. This is always the result of seeing God. 1. When I see God I see myself in the true Light. 2. The man who is proud has not yet had a vision of God. 3. I feel so totally unworthy, to ask for help or anything. C. Seeing God only in His absolute holiness and awesome power will drive you away. III. HE SAW ALSO IN HIS LOVE AND GRACED. A. A Seraphim dispatched from the throne of God, brought a live coal from the altar before the throne. 1. He touched the lips of Isaiah with it. 2. He proclaimed, "thy iniquity is taken away, the sin is purged." a. The first thing God does is to remove that which would hold you away from Him. 3. I see God and feel drawn to Him, but then I see my own guilt and feel shut out. IV. HE FINALLY HEARD THE CALL FOR SERVICE. "WHO WILL GO FOR US." A. God has a purpose and a plan for this poor world. 1. He has elected to use human instruments. 2. The human instruments must also elect to be used. "Here am I, send me." The vision cursed him the fire cleansed him and he now places himself at God's disposal.