"God Reveals Himself to Isaiah" Gospel Project Lesson for September 25, 2016
Historical Context …
Political Unrest – The imminent threat of Assyria military intrusions by Syria into Northern Kingdom (Israel).
Spiritual Conflict – Judah (the southern kingdom) often combined their worship of Jehovah God with the worship of Baal and Asherah weakening the nation
The nation had experienced a time of revival under King Uzziah, and was enjoying peace and prosperity
Backdrop to the story …
King Uzziah, also called Azariah (See 2 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 26)
Uzziah did that which is right in the sight of God; however, failed to remove all the worship sites of false gods
Uzziah’s military successes led to peace and prosperity
Disregarding the “Law” Uzziah attempted to burn incense in the Holy Place, forbidden by anyone other than the priests after the order of Aaron. The result: God punished him by afflicting him with leprosy until his death.
Uzziah’s death (740B.C.) created political and national unrest
Isaiah’s vision was a reminder that God was the true King; His perfections, power, purity and passion are on display …
Relate Isaiah’s vision of the glory of God to John’s vision in Revelation 4.
“Seraphim” = burners … may speak to their reflection of the glory of God
The primary essence of God is “holiness.” God is holy (that’s who He is). Holiness means ‘separation.” God is separate from all imperfections; He is the standard of perfection.
God’s presence (His holiness) illuminates our sinfulness; our imperfections are enhanced by the perfections of God. He is the standard by which I judge my life (not someone else).
Our sinfulness would leave us hopeless if it were not for the compassion and provision of God … “Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “Christ died for our sins” 1 Corinthians 15:3. Also see Isaiah 1:18
God’s compassion requires our commitment (See Romans 12:1, I Corinthians 6:19, 20, and 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15).
How we view God determines our worship of God, our God of God, our walk with God and our work for God.
Worship … Authentic worship is by “spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Worship occurs as we view the realities of Who God is
Witness … we share what we have seen (even if that is by faith).
Walk …. God is Holy; and His holiness demands holiness … “Be ye holy, for God is holy” (I Peter 1:16). How you see yourself depends on how you see God “Woe is me … I am undone … for I have seen … God”
Work … Our service for God is in response to what He has done for us (See Ephesians 2:8-10*).