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Here am I! Send Me!. Isaiah 6:1-8. The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism. The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism. D. T Niles said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”.

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Here am I! Send Me!

Isaiah 6:1-8


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  • The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism.


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  • The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism.

    • D. T Niles said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”


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  • The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism.

    • D. T Niles said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”

    • Joseph Aldrich declared, “God’s evangelistic strategy in a nutshell: He desires to build into you and me the beauty of his own character, and then put us on display.”


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  • The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism.

    • D. T Niles said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”

    • Joseph Aldrich declared, “God’s evangelistic strategy in a nutshell: He desires to build into you and me the beauty of his own character, and then put us on display.”

    • Charles Spurgeon said, “Our great object of glorifying God is to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls.”


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  • The church’s work in this present world greatly involves evangelism.

    • D. T Niles said, “Evangelism is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”

    • Joseph Aldrich declared, “God’s evangelistic strategy in a nutshell: He desires to build into you and me the beauty of his own character, and then put us on display.”

    • Charles Spurgeon said, “Our great object of glorifying God is to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls.”

    • “I’m just a nobody telling everybody about somebody who can save anybody.”


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  • Evangelism is important, because Jesus made it important.


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  • Evangelism is important, because Jesus made it important.

    • “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 18:18-20, ESV).


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  • Evangelism is important, because Jesus made it important.

    • Mt 18:18-20.

    • “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8, ESV).


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  • Yet, long before he came to this world, Jesus appeared to Isaiah in tonight’s text.


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  • Yet, long before he came to this world, Jesus appeared to Isaiah in tonight’s text.

  • John informs us that it was Jesus whom Isaiah saw in this passage.


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  • “Though he had done so many signs before them, they still do not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, ‘He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.’ Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue” (Jn 12:37-42, ESV).


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  • John quotes from Isaiah 6:10, and then he declares that Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory.


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  • John quotes from Isaiah 6:10, and then he declares that Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory.

  • We wish to study this text that we, too, might see Jesus’ glory & declare, “Here am I! Send me!”


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Isaiah 6:1-8


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  • This text likely represents Isaiah’s call & thus, chronologically this passage belongs at the very beginning of the book.


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  • This text likely represents Isaiah’s call & thus, chronologically this passage belongs at the very beginning of the book.

    • But, in chapters 7 & 8, Isaiah goes to Ahaz’s court &, humanly speaking, he fails miserably.


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  • This text likely represents Isaiah’s call & thus, chronologically this passage belongs at the very beginning of the book.

    • But, in chapters 7 & 8, Isaiah goes to Ahaz’s court &, humanly speaking, he fails miserably.

    • This passage informs us why Ahaz disregards Isaiah’s message.


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  • “Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed” (vv 9-10, ESV).


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  • Tonight, we wish to explore Isaiah’s call & see what he saw.


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  • Tonight, we wish to explore Isaiah’s call & see what he saw.

  • What did he see?


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  • Tonight, we wish to explore Isaiah’s call & see what he saw.

  • What did he see?

    • A HOLY GOD.

    • AN UNHOLY SERVANT.

    • A HOLY GOD WHO NEEDS HOLY SERVANTS.


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vv 1-4

A HOLY GOD


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  • “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called and the house was filled with smoke” (vv 1-4, ESV).


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  • Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up.”


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  • Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up.”

    • That phrase occurs elsewhere in Isaiah in relation to God.


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  • Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up.”

    • That phrase occurs elsewhere in Isaiah in relation to God: e.g., “Thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite” (57:15, ESV).


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  • Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up.”

    • That phrase occurs elsewhere in Isaiah in relation to God: e.g., 57:15.

    • But the concept doesn’t just occur in relation to God.


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  • Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up.”

    • That phrase occurs elsewhere in Isaiah in relation to God: e.g., 57:15.

    • But the concept doesn’t just occur in relation to God.

      • “The LORD of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low; against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan” (2:12-13, ESV).


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  • Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up.”

    • That phrase occurs elsewhere in Isaiah in relation to God: e.g., 57:15.

    • But the concept doesn’t just occur in relation to God.

      • 2:12-13.

      • The point seems to be: There are many who extol themselves as “high and lifted up,” but only God is the One who is truly “high and lifted up.”


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  • As Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up,” he notices that the train of his robe filled the temple.


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  • As Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up,” he notices that the train of his robe filled the temple.

    • The Assyrians, whose invasion is foretold in chapter 8, often pictured their kings on a grand scale next to other men.


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  • As Isaiah sees the Lord “high and lifted up,” he notices that the train of his robe filled the temple.

    • The Assyrians, whose invasion is foretold in chapter 8, often pictured their kings on a grand scale next to other men.

    • Again, the imagery is that the Assyrian kings think of themselves as “high and lifted up,” but only God is truly “high and lifted up.”


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  • Isaiah sees seraphim in the attendance of God.


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  • Isaiah sees seraphim in the attendance of God.

    • The Hebrew for “seraphim” literally means “burning ones.”


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  • Isaiah sees seraphim in the attendance of God.

    • The Hebrew for “seraphim” literally means “burning ones.”

      • I do not know if Isaiah speaks of a class of angels or if he speaks of a fiery appearance.


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  • Isaiah sees seraphim in the attendance of God.

    • The Hebrew for “seraphim” literally means “burning ones.”

      • I do not know if Isaiah speaks of a class of angels or if he speaks of a fiery appearance.

      • The point is that heavenly beings are in attendance to God.


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  • Isaiah sees seraphim in the attendance of God.

    • The Hebrew for “seraphim” literally means “burning ones.”

    • The seraphim call to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”


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  • The phrasing of “Holy, holy, holy” sets God apart from that which is not holy.


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  • The phrasing of “Holy, holy, holy” sets God apart from that which is not holy.

    • Twenty-five times in Isaiah the prophet refers to God as “the Holy One of Israel.”


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  • The phrasing of “Holy, holy, holy” sets God apart from that which is not holy.

    • Twenty-five times in Isaiah the prophet refers to God as “the Holy One of Israel.”

    • In Isaiah, the prophet speaks of both the coming Assyrian & Babylonian Captivities.


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  • The phrasing of “Holy, holy, holy” sets God apart from that which is not holy.

    • Twenty-five times in Isaiah the prophet refers to God as “the Holy One of Israel.”

    • In Isaiah, the prophet speaks of both the coming Assyrian & Babylonian Captivities.

      • As “the Holy One of Israel,” God is separate from the sins of his people.


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  • The phrasing of “Holy, holy, holy” sets God apart from that which is not holy.

    • Twenty-five times in Isaiah the prophet refers to God as “the Holy One of Israel.”

    • In Isaiah, the prophet speaks of both the coming Assyrian & Babylonian Captivities.

      • As “the Holy One of Israel,” God is separate from the sins of his people.

      • Therefore, “the Holy One of Israel” has a right to judge his people for their sins.


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  • The whole earth is full of God’s glory.


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  • The whole earth is full of God’s glory.

    • We can surely see God’s glory in the things that he has made.


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  • The whole earth is full of God’s glory.

    • We can surely see God’s glory in the things that he has made.

    • But, I don’t think that’s what the seraphim have in mind.


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  • The whole earth is full of God’s glory.

    • We can surely see God’s glory in the things that he has made.

    • But, I don’t think that’s what the seraphim have in mind.

      • The context of the Book if judgment upon Israel & Judah.


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  • The whole earth is full of God’s glory.

    • We can surely see God’s glory in the things that he has made.

    • But, I don’t think that’s what the seraphim have in mind.

      • The context of the Book if judgment upon Israel & Judah.

      • Because “the whole earth is full of his glory,” God can use the Assyrians to judge Israel & the Babylonians to judge Judah.


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  • The whole earth is full of God’s glory.

    • We can surely see God’s glory in the things that he has made.

    • But, I don’t think that’s what the seraphim have in mind.

      • The context of the Book if judgment upon Israel & Judah.

      • Because “the whole earth is full of his glory,” God can use the Assyrians to judge Israel & the Babylonians to judge Judah.

      • Also, all peoples are accountable to God.


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Until we see God as holy, we have no need to evangelize.


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vv 5-7

An unholy servant


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  • “I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for 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 burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for” (vv 5-7, ESV).


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  • Isaiah immediately recognizes his dire situation & declares that he is undone for (a) He is a man of unclean lips & (b) He has seen the LORD.


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  • Isaiah’s lips are unclean.


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  • Isaiah’s lips are unclean.

    • He has just heard the seraphim praising God with absolutely pure lips.


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  • Isaiah’s lips are unclean.

    • He has just heard the seraphim praising God with absolutely pure lips.

    • He fully recognizes that his lips are nowhere as clean as theirs.


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  • Isaiah’s lips are unclean.

    • He has just heard the seraphim praising God with absolutely pure lips.

    • He fully recognizes that his lips are nowhere as clean as theirs.

    • In a very real sense, lips can be neither clean or unclean.


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  • Isaiah’s lips are unclean.

    • He has just heard the seraphim praising God with absolutely pure lips.

    • He fully recognizes that his lips are nowhere as clean as theirs.

    • In a very real sense, lips can be neither clean or unclean.

      • Lips utter what the heart tells them do utter.


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  • Isaiah’s lips are unclean.

    • He has just heard the seraphim praising God with absolutely pure lips.

    • He fully recognizes that his lips are nowhere as clean as theirs.

    • In a very real sense, lips can be neither clean or unclean.

      • Lips utter what the heart tells them do utter.

      • “What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (Mt 15:18, ESV).


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  • But, because our lips are a “window to the soul,” what we say has a large bearing on how holy we are.


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  • But, because our lips are a “window to the soul,” what we say has a large bearing on how holy we are.

    • “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:36-37, ESV).


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  • But, because our lips are a “window to the soul,” what we say has a large bearing on how holy we are.

    • “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Mt 12:36-37, ESV).

    • Because Isaiah’s lips are unholy, he stands condemned before God.


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  • In his unholy position, Isaiah has seen the LORD.


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  • In his unholy position, Isaiah has seen the LORD.

    • Isaiah certainly believes his death is imminent.


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  • In his unholy position, Isaiah has seen the LORD.

    • Isaiah certainly believes his death is imminent.

    • No man can see God & live.


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  • In his unholy position, Isaiah has seen the LORD.

    • Isaiah certainly believes his death is imminent.

    • No man can see God & live.

      • “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Ex 33:20, ESV).


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  • In his unholy position, Isaiah has seen the LORD.

    • Isaiah certainly believes his death is imminent.

    • No man can see God & live.

      • “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Ex 33:20, ESV).

      • However, Isaiah only saw a representation of God, for no man has ever seen God (Jn 1:18).


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  • A seraph cleanses Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar.


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  • A seraph cleanses Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar.

    • Isaiah has acknowledged the sin of his lips & his sin is cleansed.


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  • A seraph cleanses Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar.

    • Isaiah has acknowledged the sin of his lips & his sin is cleansed.

    • God takes away the sin Isaiah has confessed.


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  • A seraph cleanses Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar.

    • Isaiah has acknowledged the sin of his lips & his sin is cleansed.

    • God takes away the sin Isaiah has confessed.

      • Unless we are willing to confess our sins, we cannot find cleansing.


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  • A seraph cleanses Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar.

    • Isaiah has acknowledged the sin of his lips & his sin is cleansed.

    • God takes away the sin Isaiah has confessed.

      • Unless we are willing to confess our sins, we cannot find cleansing.

      • “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:9, ESV).


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Until we see ourselves as unholy servants, we have no reason to evangelize.


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  • Until we have appropriately dealt with our own sins, we can be no good to a lost & dying world.


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  • Until we have appropriately dealt with our own sins, we can be no good to a lost & dying world.

  • “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eyes? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Mt 7:3-5, ESV).


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Have we dealt with our own sins through Jesus?


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  • Until our sins are atoned, we can be no good to a lost & dying world.


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  • Until our sins are atoned, we can be no good to a lost & dying world.

  • What good could we ever hope to accomplish in such a state?


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v 8

A holy god needs holy servants


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  • “And 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’” (v 8, ESV).


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  • God asks a somewhat rhetorical question.


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  • God asks a somewhat rhetorical question.

    • It’s a rhetorical question, for God knew precisely what he would do.


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  • God asks a somewhat rhetorical question.

    • It’s a rhetorical question, for God knew precisely what he would do.

    • Could the Lord not be asking the same question today?


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  • Do we ever notice those around us living in sin?


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  • Do we ever notice those around us living in sin?

    • We know that the majority of people in this world are going to be lost.


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  • Do we ever notice those around us living in sin?

    • We know that the majority of people in this world are going to be lost: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Mt 7:13-14, ESV).


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  • Do we ever notice those around us living in sin?

    • We know that the majority of people in this world are going to be lost: Mt 7:13-14.

    • We also know that being lost is a horrible condition.


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  • Do we ever notice those around us living in sin?

    • We know that the majority of people in this world are going to be lost: Mt 7:13-14.

    • We also know that being lost is a horrible condition: “Remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph 2:11-12, ESV).


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  • Isaiah volunteers to go by saying, “Here am I! Send me!”


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  • Isaiah volunteers to go by saying, “Here am I! Send me!”

    • The prophet realizes he can’t wait on everyone else to do it.


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  • Isaiah volunteers to go by saying, “Here am I! Send me!”

    • The prophet realizes he can’t wait on everyone else to do it.

    • Don’t we often have a tendency to wait on others to act?


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  • Isaiah willingly volunteers for a difficult assignment.


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  • Isaiah willingly volunteers for a difficult assignment.

    • Ahaz isn’t going to listen to him.


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  • Isaiah willingly volunteers for a difficult assignment.

    • Ahaz isn’t going to listen to him.

    • But, Isaiah still knows that he has a responsibility to go.


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  • The work of the church is far from easy.


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  • The work of the church is far from easy.

    • “We do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself” (2 Cor 1:8, ESV).


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  • The work of the church is far from easy.

    • “We do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself” (2 Cor 1:8, ESV).

    • “As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger” (2 Cor 6:4-5, ESV).


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  • There can often be hurt feelings.


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  • There can often be hurt feelings.

  • People will reject the Gospel just like Ahaz rejected Isaiah’s preaching.


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Are we willing to be sent?


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