Week of October 6 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Isaiah 6:1-5

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. 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!”

Reflect: What do you think Isaiah would have felt when he saw this vision in chapter 6? What words are used to describe God? How do these words propel you in your desire to be spiritually poor?

Consider: Seeing all this, Isaiah immediately was aware of his own unworthiness (6:5) and the need for atonement (6:6–7). In the presence of God’s holiness Isaiah was not struck by his humanity or mortality, but by (a) his own impurity; (b) the uncleanness of the nation of Judah; and (c) the sight of the King, the Lord Almighty. Isaiah could not join the seraphs in praising God until his lips were purified. He cried out, “woe is me” (ʾōy lî) because he was in the presence of a holy God.[1]

Respond: When Isaiah saw God’s glory, he felt utterly lost. What does his reaction tell you about God? Based on Isaiah’s response, how do you think you might react to a glimpse of the Almighty?


[1] Gary V. Smith, Isaiah 1–39, ed. E. Ray Clendenen, The New American Commentary (Nashville: B & H Publishing Group, 2007), 191.