Here am I send me…
Here am I send me
Today I taught from the Lectionary at Dave and Candy’s house. The scripture was Isaiah 6:1-8 and Romans 8:12-17.
Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord
Isaiah 6:1 In the year that (A)King Uzziah died I (B)saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had (C)six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.3 And one called to another and said:
4 And (F)the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and (G)the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! (H)For I am lost; (I)for 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 (J)King, theLord of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 And he (K)touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah’s Commission from the Lord
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for (L)us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.
Romans 8:12 So then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh:
13 for if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15 For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God:
17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.
Today is the second Sunday following Pentecost, and we celebrate Trinity Sunday. We talked about the importance of Pentecost and how the infilling of the Holy Spirit transformed the first century disciples from timid men hiding for their lives into men empowered to spread the gospel, regardless of the cost. And, we talked about how important it is when a word is repeated in the Bible. When a word is used twice, it suggests intimacy, while a word repeated three times draws attention to what is being said. We also discussed how rare but special it is for God to hear the words “here am I, send me.”
Prayer: Father, may my every prayer be, “here am I send me.” regardless of what you are calling me to do.
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