Sunday School Material 6-2-13: Worship and Respond

(Isaiah 6:1-8; 6/2/13)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is Isaiah accepted both the salvation and assignment of the Lord. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to thank God for His salvation and work on our assignments.

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Read Isaiah 6:1-4

I. Splendor Displayed. In the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah talks about seeing the Lord. The Lord was high and lifted up. The praises of the seraphims shook the doorposts.

Applications -

- Don’t wait until the traumatic. Notice in vs. 1 of the Sunday School material that it was in the year that King Uzziah died that Isaiah saw the Lord. It is worth asking, “was the Lord available for viewing, before the King died”?

Some people need a traumatic event to happen, before they pay attention to God’s will. We don’t know if this was the case with Isaiah or not.

However, let’s work on being open to God’s will, instead of waiting until a traumatic event gets our attention. Think about how some people start getting serious about God and church, after a parent or someone else dies.

- Focusing on God. Notice in vss. 1-4 that God is really holy (i.e., set aside, in a category of His own). First, as the seraphims told one another, it is important for believers to remind one another of the holiness and power of God. No matter how bad things get in our world and no matter how limited our wisdom may seem, God is still holy and powerful.

Second, as in the Sunday School material, our focus should be more on God than on the unexplainable issues related to the seraphims. There are many things we don’t know about the seraphims because the Bible doesn’t tell us.

And there are many things about life that we don’t understand. However, when we stay focused on God, God has a way of working things out for the good of His people. Let’s stay focused on the holiness and power of God.

Read Isaiah 6:5-7

II. Sin Cleansed. In our Sunday School material Isaiah is concerned about his uncleanness. He mentions having unclean lips, being among people with unclean lips, and having seen the Lord. A seraphim introduces a burning coal as a means of taking Isaiah’s guilt away and atoning for his sins.

Applications -

- The doom of sin. Notice in vs. 5 of our Sunday School material that Isaiah was in big trouble, if there were no remedy for his sin issues. In like manner, all of humanity has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And the wages of sin is death.

On one hand, we are thankful for the remedy. But on the other hand, we should never forget that it was grace, not our sinlessness nor our good works that solved our sin problem. Thus, self-boasting is always out of order. Let’s be mindful of how doomed our lives were without a remedy for our sin problem.

- Faith in God’s remedy. Notice in vss. 6-7 of our Sunday School material that God provided a remedy for our sin problem. In the text, it was the faith exercised in the seraphim’s live coal. Today, it is a matter of having faith in Jesus’ substitute death for our sin debt.

Let’s make sure our faith is in the remedy that God has provided. All other efforts to solve our sin problem will come up short. We cannot work our way into favor with God. Pretending our sins are not all that bad is a recipe for death.

Read Isaiah 6:8

III. Service Offered. After the atoning, Isaiah hears the voice of the Lord. In our Sunday School material the Lord appears to be looking for someone to go and carrying out an assignment. Isaiah volunteers to be sent.

Applications -

- Saved for service. Notice in vs. 8 that after Isaiah’s sin problem was addressed, the Lord had a good work for him to do. In like manner, God still has a good work for saved people to do.

God is calling every believer to love God with all that we have, to love ourselves, and to love others, as we love ourselves. Therefore, we ought to find ourselves doing things like worshipping God, taking care of our health, and helping people get saved. Let’s work on doing the good work that God has saved us to do.

- Unrestricted permission. Notice in vs. 8 of the Sunday School material that Isaiah gave the Lord an unrestricted “send me.” There are too many who have way too many restrictions for effective Christian service. Too many demand to know where they are being sent, before they give God permission to send them.

Given what God has done for us, we should be willing to do whatever He wants us to do, wherever He wants us to do it, and in whatever way He wants us to do it. Let’s work on letting God have His way in our lives.

ConclusionLet’s thank God for His salvation and be dutiful in our assignments. God has much for those who obey His will.

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