Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Wednesday within the Octave of the Feast of the Holy Trinity

Posted on June 2, 2021 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-13 (NKJV)
6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to 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 were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“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 my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.”
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.”
11 Then I said, “Lord, how long?”
And He answered:
“Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, the houses are without a man, the land is utterly desolate,
12 “the Lord has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
13 “But yet a tenth will be in it, and will return and be for consuming, as a terebinth tree or as an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. So the holy seed shall be its stump.”
The Church still sings the song of God’s angels, declaring the Lord God Almighty is “Holy, holy, holy.” The Sanctus is another example of worship in the Christian Church that is used by the faithful to remember and give thanks for our connection with the company of heaven—men, women, and angels—who have praised God before us.
Isaiah 6 reminds us that the holy Word of Almighty God sanctifies His people, but it also exposes the rebellion and self-will of many others. The prophet showed humility and repentance for his uncleanness before God, but the Lord took away his iniquity and cleansed him from sin. On the other hand, God foretold that His Word would be resisted and disregarded by most of the people. They would keep on being blind, deaf, and dull because they had no faithful humility and repentance. They would follow leaders who were not men of God. The blind led the blind to seek their own glory and self-indulgence, and they lost sight of the promised Seed who would come to bring true glory and salvation.
The Church still bows before the Lord in repentant humility, even as we sing heavenly praises to His holiness. The faithful remnant is those who see, hear, and understand by the power of God’s Holy Ghost that we are sinful and unclean. But we also rejoice in the forgiveness and eternal life He gives us in His glorious Son, Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Almighty and Everlasting God, who hast given unto us, Thy servants, grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity, we beseech Thee that Thou wouldst keep us steadfast in this faith and evermore defend us from all adversities. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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