Seeing God as Isaiah Saw God
Would love your assistance in my sermon prep:
Thought process: This week is “True Fan” part 3.
General Thought: Being exposed to God will change your perspective of yourself. It puts you in your right place. It gives us a respect for what He has done and what that means for our future.
We are talking about the respect fans have for their team/player. How does that compare with our respect and our honor for God? To me it seems fans are born from 3 places: exposure to greatness (I see greatness and become a fan), buying in (my school’s team), born in (my city’s team).
Isaiah 6 is a perfect example of a man being exposed to God.
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the traint of his robe filled the temple.2 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. 3 And one called to another and said: ”Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And 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!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” (ESV)
When he sees God, immediately he has a new perspective of himself (a low image). Another great example of this in scripture is Luke 5:1-11.
Sports/Fan Analogy: This seems to mirror our respect for pro athletes. People stand in line for an autograph because of the players ability and status. We recognize and understand the athlete’s ‘power’ because we compare ourselves to them. We are far weaker, less known, less able, and less financially sound. Therefore, we honor them and put them on a pedestal. It is an easy comparison because many of us have played the same sport and know first hand how difficult it is to play.
If we see God, as Isaiah saw God, then we understand who He is and who we are. Becoming a True Fan of God is automatic.
Your thoughts on this??
Your thoughts on how new believers and existing Christians ‘see God’??