- Isaiah 6:1-6 Marching Orders (Butler)
Isaiah’s job was to bring a word from God to God’s people Israel. A prophet was like a barometer to gauge what he or she saw going on in society, checking to make sure that the people were faithfully following the law of Yahweh. Isaiah did that with vigor.
- Isaiah 6:1-8 Partners with God (Donovan)
When I read a newspaper, often I feel helpless. Isaiah felt much the same way. His nation had suffered a succession of evil kings, but King Uzziah had been a notable exception. Now he was dead, and Isaiah felt lost.
- Isaiah 6:1-8 Are You a Leader? (Kegel)
I guess it is fair to say that less than one in ten Protestant ministers are leaders––people with a vision for ministry. How about this for a vision—to so preach and teach and witness that people will come to know the Living God.
- Isaiah 6:1-8 Four Letter Words to God (Kegel)
A pastor remembers meeting Jews for Jesus with clever brochures. One was entitled, “Four Letter Words to God.” It said that when one comes before the Lord the only appropriate response is ”Hineni”––“Here I am”––only four letters in Hebrew.
- Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17, Bold Enough to Tell the Truth (Trinity) (Hoffacker)
When does it happen? “In the year that King Uzziah died.” The death of the monarch brings insecurity to the land and its people. There has been this death. Will there be no life? Isaiah sees another king seated on a throne, the Lord God of Israel who cannot die.
- Luke 5:1-11 and Isaiah 6:1-13 Foolish Invitations (Hoffacker)
These stories of Simon and Isaiah reveal a pattern, a pattern that occurs in our lives as well. It may happen at a time of crisis, when the king is dead. It may happen some place where we know how life works. In either case a word of grace and power is spoken—directly to us. Will we hear this invitation?
- John 3.1-17 and Isaiah 6.1-8, Bold Enough to Tell the Truth (Trinity) (Hoffacker)
Nicodemus is a decent man, yet decency is not enough. His world, like ours, must hear time and again that a society short on mercy is an offense against God. The Nicodemus story in John ends before the resurrection. Our story as Church depends on the resurrection.