3. Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. We have talked about Elijah and Elisha. 1. Here I am. God has already shown his great willingness, devotion, and availability to us as was perfectly demonstrated on the cross. Isaiah lived and ministered in Jerusalem for 53 years -- from before 739 BC - the year King Uzziah died to after 686 BC - t… Each stanza ends with the question, “Whom shall I send?” Rhetorical questions are very common poetical devices in Christian hymnody, but this is not one of them. I, the Lord of sea and sky, Some Christians refuse to be sent as saints into the world of sin Jer. For example, several years separated Saul's call to ministry on the road to Damascus in Acts 9 and his actual departure with Barnabas on his first missionary journey in Acts 13. People will not be saved unless we go and preach the gospel to them, Miracle Catch from Arabic Outreach on the Net, Shemini Atzeret: The Last and Greatest Day of the Feast, New Book: “Refuting Rabbinic Objections to…, The Myth that Rabbinic Oral Tradition Sees Women as…. There were so many questions that had no clear-cut answers; so many doubts about my ability; so much anxiety over how things would work out. Isaiah 6:5 describes how Isaiah was made aware of his own unworthiness: “Woe to me! Refrain: Here I am, Lord. I have heard my people cry, Everyone close your eyes for a minute. 7:25 (13); Ezek. Above Him were seraphs. . Three men whom God called & sent on missions to accomplish His will. He said, “Who will I send? Earthly rulers, weak with sins might die or be deposed but God is always on His throne. Ahab and his son Joram. View staff by program area to ask for additional assistance. Somehow when the call of ministry (whatever it may be in the church) comes, there comes with it a lot of difficult questions. As more people moved to the cities to find work, the traditional ties to church and community were severed. He was well educated as can be seen in his writing style. A. In every instance, we are encouraging people to serve by and for the Lord. In Isaiah's case, what was needed was to prepare him to speak as a prophet of God. We don’t have to wait until we hear an audible call, we can just report for duty as we come into his presence, and tell him we’re ready to do his will. But now he is privy to the voice of the Godhead as the Lord speaks to the council of angels and says, "Who will be His messenger to the people?". 25:15, 19. The prophet Isaiah spoke boldly against the wicked ways of God’s people. I, who made the stars of night, King Uzziah was dead, but God was alive! * They show off their sin, just as the people of Sodom did. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? One of the most difficult decisions I ever had to make was the decision to leave my job as a Customer Service Manager for a large pharmaceutical company and go into full-time ministry (32+ years ago). In my experience teaching congregational song throughout the United States, I have found that many Protestants are unaware that this hymn represents Roman Catholic renewal music resulting from the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Send me!” It can be used by family members, ready to be fully available and ready to pay attention, or ready to obey instructions. Send me!" Jonah: Here am I, Im not going Jonah He had used tongs to take it from the altar. He did not blame anyone else, and he did not run and hide from God. He has stomped on them and cast them into the deepest part of the ocean. C. Isaiah: Here am I, send me Isa. B. b. Sent to me means that something was sent to you. The people were going to lose wars, go without food, and even kill each other! (Malachi 3:6) He is still everything that Isaiah saw. 2. 3. His reaction showed lack of faith (in God) & love Find peace, find your niche, but test everything in search of what is good (the rose itself as opposed to the thorns). Compromise with, participate in, blend in with (1 2. When we hear Isaiah’s words to the Israelite people, let’s listen closely to hear how his words apply to us today. Motives which prompted Isaiahs response: 2. Application: This was an amazing vision! “Here I Am, Lord” recalls immediately Isaiah 6:8: “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!’” 8:3-5, The stanzas speak from the perspective of God in the first person singular, while the refrain, though remaining in first person, is from the perspective of the singers of the hymn offering their lives to God. The vision that Isaiah saw at the beginning of his ministry never grew dim in his memory because he remained with God; he abided in Him. God has always sent men to do His work here on earth, Jer. The king was dead, a new ruler was on the throne, enemies were growing stronger, the nation was drifting into idolatry. Isaiah continually warned the Judean kings not to form partnerships with either one of these in order to guarantee its safety, but rather to trust in God. THREE MEN CALLED BY GOD. Your sin has been paid for.” - Isaiah 6:5-7. In order to do things in a decent and orderly way, everyone who serves needs to be trained (consecrated) as well as confirmed by the leadership to their appointed tasks. 1 Pet. Isaiah’s exclamation “Here am I; send me” marked the very beginning of his ministry; the priest was now a prophet, and the Lord’s message for Judah eventually became the book of Isaiah.