Pastor Max Wilkins
The Focus of My Gaze
Read Isaiah 6:1-8:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
- What comments or questions come to your mind from this Scripture?
- King Uzziah had been faithful to God’s ways, and so God had blessed the land of Israel during his reign. But now that Uzziah had died, there was great uncertainty about the future. Have you ever experienced a time of major uncertainty in your life? If so, tell your group about that. What helped you through that time?
- Isaiah saw the Lord, because he was looking for the Lord. Verse 3 reminds us that the whole earth is full of the glory of God. So there is no place on earth where God is absent. What are some things that keep us from seeing God’s glory when we’re in the middle of an uncertain situation?
- Name some things that church people might focus on, that tend to distract them from the good things that Jesus is doing in their church and in their lives?
- Tell about some good things you have experienced from God.
- Why did Isaiah say, “I am ruined”? What did he recognize about himself?
- Why is the realization that Isaiah had in verse 5 so crucial for each one of us to experience?
- The “Lord” that Isaiah saw here was actually Jesus Himself. John writes in John 12:41, “Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.” With that understanding, what do you learn about Jesus from Isaiah 6:1-8?
- Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” What is Paul getting at here, and what are the implications of this verse for you personally in your life right now?
- In Isaiah 6:8, God asks who he can send to represent God to the world, and Isaiah agrees to go for God and be God’s messenger. To whom does God want you to go as His representative? What could you do this week in response to God’s call?