I was listening to the Rusted Root song Send Me on My Way this morning and it got me to thinking about this passage in Isaiah.
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, 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 seraphs 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!”
9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
I know the song has nothing to do with this story about Isaiah, but I couldn’t help but think about “Here I am. Send me!” in verse 8. In this passage Isaiah’ sins are atoned for and his response is to answer God’s call. I wonder how many of us respond to the forgiveness and atonement of our sins as Isaiah has here. I know there have many time is my life where I have chosen to respond by saying “Not me God, send someone else.
In verse 9 God directs Isaiah to “Go and tell this people:” and then gives Isaiah a message to deliver in the following verses. Each of us that have responded to the call to follow after Jesus have been given a message to deliver…we have been sent out to bear witness to the risen Christ Jesus. Have you responded to that call by saying “Here I am. Send Me” as Isaiah responded to his call, or have you responded by saying “Not me Lord, send someone else.”
Our message may be different from Isaiah’s, but God has sent each of us on our way to share the Gospel. May we all respond with faithfulness as Isaiah did before us.
Oh…and in case you are unfamiliar with the Send Me on My Way song. Here is the video.