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Draw Near to the Throne of Grace!

Isaiah 6:1-8 New International Version

Isaiah’s Commission 6 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.

Thursday - February 10

Isaiah was probably also a priest and while going through his normal priestly duties in the temple he received a vision of God’s heavenly temple. He saw Jesus (“the King, the Lord of Hosts”) in His full glory and power. Like Peter in the boat with the fish, Isaiah was terrified. This is what happens whenever people stand before the face of God. Moses responded the same way when God appeared in a burning bush and spoke to him (Exodus 3). This is how Adam and Eve responded when God visited them in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). Humans are puny, small, and insignificant in the presence of God. Yet, God has touched our lips with the burning coal of Jesus Christ. He has taken away our guilt and atoned for our sins. Because of Jesus we can “draw near to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16). Do not be afraid!

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