In This Series
What is YOUR God like? (5)
Sunday, October 21, 2018
A Fresh Vision of God
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: “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 my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Take Away / Application
- When you see the real God, you see the real you and it leads to absolute surrender.
- Operating and living one’s life with the understanding of God’s holiness.
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- How do you view God? Mean, a buddy that’s okay with whatever, vending machine, heavenly police officer, etc.
- What would YOUR definition of holy be? Does it match a biblical view of holiness?
- It’s easy to talk about God’s love, but understanding and realizing His holiness can be something we wrestle with. Do you find this true of yourself? Why can this be difficult for us?
- Read Isaiah 6:1–8. Put yourself in Isaiah’s shoes. Would you want to experience this encounter with God yourself? Why or why not?
- List how Isaiah describes God in Isaiah 6:1–3. List how Isaiah describes himself in Isaiah 6:4–5. Contrast his perspective on each. What can we learn from this?
- What three reasons did Isaiah give for saying, “Woe is me, for I am undone!”? In what ways are we like Isaiah in each of these three reasons?
- Isaiah’s confession of sin was the first step in his becoming a spokesman for God. Why does confessing our sinfulness honor the Lord?
- In verses 8 and 9, God commissions Isaiah with a specific message. What message have we been commissioned with? (Come up with chapter and verse, not just a general description. Hint: Great Commission) What are some ways we can spread this message in our everyday lives? (Be specific to what you do during your average week.)
- Isaiah does not hesitate to accept a commission from God (“Here am I”). Why do you think this is? What is your response to being used by God? What excuses or obstacles are in the way of you saying to God, “Here am I! Send me.”?