The Lord Is Calling

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Sermon Notes: Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   [19]   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:   [20]   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

When we preached through the Book of Matthew I never preached the so called “Great Commission” at the end of the Book. Why? Because I had covered the Great Commission before. But also because I wanted to speak of Christ’s Commission to His Church when I came to this passage in Isaiah.

The “Great Commission” is not new. In fact, God has commissioned His people from the beginning of time to go forth and tell others for Him, to represent His Saving Cause to a lost and dying world. God called people to Himself in the Old Testament, and calls people to Himself in the New Testament. The Gospel was meant to be spoken, to be shared.

The only way for a person to be saved is to hear the Gospel through another person.
The only way for a person to be saved is to hear the Gospel through another person.
The only way for a person to be saved is to hear the Gospel through another person.

This New Age never spoken Gospel is not in the Bible. The Apostle said:

Romans 10:13-17 (KJV)  For whosoever shall CALL upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  [14]  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not HEARD? and how shall they HEAR without a preacher?  [15]  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  [16]  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For {Isaiah} saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  [17]  So then FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.

People must HEAR the Word of God. This is why Jesus gave us a Great Commission before He ascended into Heaven. Jesus said:

All power is given unto Me in Heaven and earth …

There is no salvation nor power to save outside of Christ.
There is no god other than the God of Scripture.
There is no strength to salvation except through His Son.

Go ye therefore, and TEACH all nations …

You TEACH with the mouth. You TELL, you SHOW.
You TEACH without regard to race.

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit …

Immerse the saved in water as a show of their dedication to the Triune God.
Ceremonially wash every professing saved person as a public witness of their obedience to God.

TEACHING them to OBSERVE or DO ALL THINGS I HAVE COMMANDED YOU.

What Jesus said, we DO.
We need to STOP DOING what Jesus did not say.
We need to START DOING what Jesus did say.
We who belong to God are not called to entertain or satisfy goats.
We are not to blend with the world.
We are to feed the sheep, TEACHING what Christ said do.

Lo, I am with you, even to the end of this Age.

Jesus is with His Church, the Church that does as He COMMANDED.

Having examined the New Testament Great Commission, let us look at the Old. God asked the Question:

Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?…

The Lord (אֲדֹנָי ‘Adonay) asks two questions that are very interesting.

Whom shall I send?
Who will go for US?

God is One, unified in mind and purpose. But God is also US, a Trinity, Father – Son – and Spirit. Who will represent the Immense God of the Bible? Who will go before humanity? Will the Angels? No, the Angels cannot. The Angels do not understand us. The Angels do not understand the Gospel. When Lucifer became Satan by rebelling against God, light choosing darkness, and took a third of the angels of heaven with him in that rebellion, God turned His back in these creatures. John the Revelator said:

Revelation 12:7-12 (NKJV) … war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The fallen angels are destined to be cast from Heaven to earth. Satan periodically visits the Throneroom of God today (see the Book of Job), but Satan has no place in Heaven. His rebellion has effectively damned both him as well as his traitorous followers we today call “demons”. The Bible says that the Angels “long to catch a glimpse of the things of the Gospel” (1 Peter 1:12). The Angels do not understand salvation, for salvation was not offered to them.

But Angels are not created in the Image of God.
We are.
In the image of God created He him.”
Male and female created He them” (Genesis 1:27)

Man is not an animal, nor an Angel, but created in the image of God. When Adam fell and plunged creation into sin God promised to send a Savior. He sent the Savior in Christ. The Bible asks in Hebrews:

Hebrews 2:6-8 (CSB) …. What is man that you remember him, or the son of man that you care for him? 7 You made him lower than the angels for a short time; you crowned him with glory and honor 8 and subjected everything under his feet.

Man was not made an angel, but “lower than the angels”. And when man fell, God became man to save us.

Hebrews 2:9 (CSB) But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace he might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death.

Angels cannot go to man for the Triune God because Angels have not been offered salvation. But God became Man to die for our sins. Only we who are human can experience salvation by faith in Christ. So a man or woman must go. A human must go. A person must tell the glorious Gospel. This is why Jesus told His Church:

Go
Teach
Preach

The Humble Are Sent To Tell The Fallen Of Christ

Isaiah 6 begins with:

Isaiah 6:1 (KJV)  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Who was King Uzziah? He was one of the good Kings of Israel who ruled with righteousness. Uzziah was mentioned in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ (see Matthew 1:8-9). However, Uzziah became prideful, and did something he should not do. He followed the sin of King Saul in trying to take the place of the priests.

There is only one King in all of History that can be Priest as well, and that is Jesus Christ our Lord. He is King by lineage through David, and Priest of Melchizedek. What Saul and Uzziah tried to do was take Christ’s place – and suffered for it!

Uzziah stepped outside of what God called him to do, and burned incense in the Temple. God caused Uzziah to become leprous, so much so that he had to have his son Jotham rule in his place (see 2 Chronicles 26:16-20). Uzziah was greatly successful until he departed from God’s will. Instead of being buried in the tomb of the Kings in Jerusalem he was buried outside of the city (see 2 Kings 15:7; 2 Chronicles 26:23). He reigned 52 years and the nation was blessed under him, but he did not finish well. Why? Because instead of seeing God high and lifted up, Uzziah himself became high and lifted up.

When Uzziah died, the nation mourned. But in the middle of all this darkness, Isaiah looked UP. It was in the midst of national tragedy that Isaiah was blessed to look into Heaven. He saw the Lord enthroned. “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne”. God was not worried. God was at rest, for God is high and lifted up. Uzziah tried to be high and lifted up, but was brought low, because he is but a man.

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NLT) This is what the LORD says: Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. 6They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. 7 But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (CSB) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

God sends the humble to tell others of Himself. Only God is high and lifted up. We are not. What does God say of the proud?

Proverbs 16:5 (NLT) The LORD detests the proud; they will surely be punished!

God only is God. God only is “high and lifted up”. We also read:

his train filled the temple

I have a friend named Ricky Allen who led me to the Lord. He loves model trains. When you go to his house, model trains are on shelves, running around most of the rooms, on walls and on floors. It is quite amazing.

This isn’t the kind of train we’re talking about here.

In ancient times a king wore a long robe that trailed well beyond what was needed to cover his body. The part of the robe that would drag the floor was to be carried by men who honored the king. The longer the train, the more important the king. When Isaiah saw the Lord in Heaven His train filled the Temple. Heaven was covered with the train of God’s robe. This is symbolic that God is the king of Kings and Lord of Lords. He alone rules Heaven and earth.

Psalm 115:3 (CSB) Our God is in heaven and does whatever he pleases.

Proverbs 16:9 (CSB) A person’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.

2 Chronicles 20:6 (CSB) Lord, God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven, and do you not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in your hand, and no one can stand against you.

God has given us free will, the ability to choose to follow Him or to follow someone lesser. In His Sovereignty God allowed His only Begotten Son to die on the Cross of Calvary, making payment for our sins. But though we have free will we must never forget that God is God and we are not. He chooses to love us. He chooses to offer us salvation through His Son. But God ultimately is in control. And God is HOLY.

Isaiah 6:2-4 (KJV)  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  [3]  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  [4]  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

The holiness of God filled the earth. The holiness of God moved the doorposts of Heaven’s throneroom. The holiness of God caused the Angels that served Him to cover their face and feet. The holiness of God caused the very air to smoke. God is holy. The Father is holy. The Son is holy. The Spirit is holy. The Triune God is holy, holy, holy! And …

Only A Holy People Can Represent A Holy God

Isaiah looks into Heaven and is immediately dismayed. He cries out:

Isaiah 6:5 (KJV) … Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

An unholy and unsaved person cannot go forth and tell others about the Lord. Many who profess to be “Christian” do not witness because they themselves are not saved. If you are uncertain as to your status before God you will be uncertain as to whether share the Gospel or not. The Bible tells us that the world and Satan is overcome …

Revelation 12:11 (KJV) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

If you have never met the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior you have no testimony. You are like the Angels who fell who have no standing before God. “Christian” is more than a cultural thing or a default religion. To be “Christian” is to be set apart by Christ, to be marked by God as His Child. The world doesn’t mind a hypocritical Bible thumping know it all. It laughs at that type of person. When John the Revelator looked into Heaven what did he see? He saw martyrs to our faith, saying:

Revelation 6:9 (KJV) … I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

It is the Word of God and the TESTIMONY of salvation that enables us to tell about Christ. Isaiah cried out when he saw the thrice Holy God of Heaven. “Woe is me! I am undone! I am a man of unclean lips. I have not confessed Christ. I have not called upon His Name! I cannot go for the Master until fire comes to my lips. I cannot serve Him until I am cleansed by His power!”

Isaiah 6:6-7 (KJV)  Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:  [7]  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

The Angel “took a live coal from the altar”. What is this coal? In ancient Israel the coals of the altar were the remains of the burnt offering, the Animal without spot or blemish killed then burned under the judgment of God. This coal represents the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:18 (ESV) For Christ also SUFFERED ONCE for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, THAT HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Hebrews 10:12-14 (ESV) … when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

The Angel took the live burning coal and placed it on Isaiah’s lips.

Romans 10:9-13 (KJV) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Isaiah neither earned nor deserved what was given to him. The Angel touched his mouth with the coal of the burnt offering. The believer confesses Christ as Lord and Savior. And the iniquity is taken away, and the sin purged.

Oh praise God for the salvation of Christ!

It was only after his sin was purged that God asked:

Whom shall I send?
Who will go for US?

God does not send the lost or uncertain to speak of His salvation. But He calls us.

But” you say, “what if they will not hear?”

What did God say to Isaiah?

Isaiah 6:9-10 (KJV)  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  [10]  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

God told Isaiah “Son, they WON’T hear. Tell them anyway.” Share Jesus because of God. Share Jesus because of what God has done for you. Share Jesus whether they hear or not. We are not responsible for the results, but we are responsible for being obedient. God told Isaiah that only one in ten would hear what he was saying – the rest would care less. Tell them anyway.

Tell them because the Lord loves you, and you love the Lord.
Don’t tell them because you HAVE to.
God forces no one to tell another.

But He asks:

Who shall I send?
Who will go for US?

Go for the Lord.

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A searching Pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. Daily I pray for the Church. Most of what the world sees today is not the Church, but clubs pretending to be the Church. God is calling to Himself a people willing to be righteous, not self righteous, serving not served. I am called to pastor God's people, those who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. Only God is able to change the world, and we must follow His Christ. He is able! Praise His Name! Come quickly Lord Jesus!
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