Sept. 29, 2006 Hungry
for His Presence Kathleen Maples
Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also
the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
was a prophet during the long reign of King Uzziah. As I read these Scriptures, I wondered, what has to die in me before I
can see the Lord, high and lifted up as He truly is? I believe my self-life, my flesh does. I know it does. He told Moses
no man can see my face and live.
Exo 33:20 And he said,
Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
it really possible to be in that close of fellowship with God? It must be. Why else would He send His only Son to die and
then rip the temple veil apart that separated men from His presence? That veil was too thick for human hands to rip apart.
It had to be God. Does that give you any idea of the intensity of the incredible, breathtaking love this High and Lofty One
that inhabits eternity has for His children? For his creation? In spite of our flaws, and faults and sins, He took on flesh,
he lowered Himself and left the glorious perfection of heaven and came to a corrupt, dark world, where people were enslaved
by sin, and full of polluted, corrupt things, and He submitted to the cross. He allowed Himself to be crucified by wicked
men, some of whom were later saved. What about the Roman Centurion at the foot of the cross as He died, said "surely, this
was the Son of God." Peter preached to a crowd in which were those who helped crucify Him, and they repented and were saved.
What a glorious God we have, folks.
Isa 6:2 Above it stood
the seraphims: each one had six wings with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he
the seraphim....what is a seraphim? Did you know that in Num 21 when God sent fiery serpents among the people after they continually
murmured and complained, and Moses had to make the brass serpent, is the same word in Hebrew as seraphim? It means "fiery
flying serpent" . I didn't know that until now. Consider this creature though. He has six wings, and with two, he covers his
face because he is in the presence of the Lord. With two wings, he covers his feet. He uses the other two wings to fly-perhaps
above the temple?
Isa 6:3 And one cried
unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of
hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
you think we, as human beings, as His creation, perhaps take Him too lightly? I believe we do not have the slightest idea
of His power, and majesty, or we would not take Him so lightly. His name is one of the most misused and abused words ever
spoken in our day. Some have turned it into a curse word. Some blaspheme His Holy name by marketing it to make merchandise
out of poor, unsuspecting people who do not understand it is idolatry. Some name His name but do not know or love Him. Some
use His name to further their own agenda. But imagine a being that is flying above Him, so overcome with His presence, and
majesty all he can cry is 'holy,holy,holy,' and he covers his face, for some reason feeling unable to look on the glory of
the Lord. If a seraphim, can't look Him in the face....and he's in His presence, how can we dare take Him so casually?
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about
Him." Psalms 89:7
Isa 6:4 And the posts
of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
tell you this: when He speaks, idols bow. Later in Isa 19, we are told at His presence they melt. Idols melt. Dagon lost his
head, remember, when the ark was placed in front of this idol. He lost his head and his hands. Nothing unholy can stand in
the awesome presence of the Lord. I have sat and listened to anointed preaching of the Word of God and felt my heart ache
literally and swell in my chest as if it would burst and the tears would flow hot down my cheeks as a longing would rise in
me that I can't really describe as anything except a deep hunger for HIM. Desire for Him has caused me to cast away things
I've loved and indulged in for 20 years or more as if they were dung. The habits I had, the way I dressed, the clothes I wore
that were anything but modest, the music I listened to that corrupted my heart, and polluted my mind, the movies and books
I fed on that were full of witchcraft, darkness, violence and death. These things were cast away quickly, without a second
thought, because I had caught a glimpse of HIM, and I had to have more. Nothing else mattered. Glory to the Lord!
Isa 6:5 Then said I,
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 mine eyes have
seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
more I see of Him in His Word, the more I see the spots and wrinkles and blemishes on me that I must bring to Him for cleansing.
The more I see of Him in His Word, the more aware I am of my own flaws and imperfections and the more grateful I am to the
Lord for His grace, and mercy, and willingness to forgive and pardon and cleanse. With the Lord, high and lifted up, only the hem of his garment filled the temple, and a righteous
prophet named Isaiah, who loved the Lord so much he was willing to be sawn in two, and not cry out for deliverance (Heb_11:35-38) saw him, and immediately was distressed, crying "Woe is me! I am
undone! Unclean!" What was this righteous man saying?
Woe: (Heb. Def) a cry after of lamentation, in connection with a wish for
something, covet or greatly desire, long after. A passionate cry of grief or despair.
As a Christian, who is ever aware of her own flaws, in comparison with His glorious perfection, I have felt a deep
inner cry, and desire for Him, for His holiness, rather than my wretched carnal flesh who desires nothing but to rebel against
Him. A loathing for my weakness, and depraved nature. Recognizing it as such for it is enmity, (hostile) against God, and
will not be subject to Him, but must be put to death. Wanting it dead, but unable to carry out the deed myself. Holding on
to the promise for dear life that He would perfect me. (Psa 138:8) and what concerns me. Holding to His righteousness because
mine is filthy rags. Isaiah was awestruck by the revelation of Jesus Christ. It was so powerful, at the end of his life he
laid down and let them saw him in half, rather than deny the Lord or cry out for deliverance. He wanted to go be with Him,
I believe. Just like Paul was ready to be offered, and wanted to go be with the Lord, I believe after he got this revelation,
Isaiah did, too. What does it mean to be undone? His own plans, his own efforts, every pre-conceived idea he had was killed
when he got this revelation. He had no response. He felt unclean by comparison of the glory of the Lord he saw.
To Be Undone: (Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Definitions)
to cease, cause to cease, cut off, destroy, perish,to be undone, be cut
off at sight of the theophany, to be cut off
(Strong's) to be dumb or silent; to fail or perish, to be destroyed, cut down, or off, brought to silence, utterly
foul, in a religious sense; defiled, infamous, polluted, impure,
As I read this and reflect on who Isaiah was, how he penned one of the most majestic and descriptive books in the Bible
describing the Lord, His mercy, forgiveness, and love for His people, Isaiah's reaction amazes me. How did this encounter
with the Lord affect this man and his reaction with the people?
In the first 5 chapters, it's obvious Isaiah is hearing from God. He hears His accusations against
this sinful, backslidden nation of people, and is reminded how the Lord loved them, but was provoked by their disobedience
to pronounce judgment on them for their sin was so great. Israel was compared to Sodom and Gomorrah. (Isa_1:10) It is
also clear from Isa_1:12-17, that
God does not accept sacrifices, prayers or worship and praise from sinful, unrepentant people. He said He would hide His eyes
from them, and not hear their prayers. He was tired of their rituals and feasts. Their heart was not in love with Him nor
in service to Him. God wanted them to repent and turn from their wickedness. He wanted to cleanse them, and forgive them.
If only they would acknowledge their sin and be sorry. In spite of their refusal to repent or hear, God still unveils a plan
of redemption, a restoration of their judges and counselors that would bring them back to righteousness.
the faithfulness of God ..... (Isa_1:25-27) This is further described in Chapter 2. But also, the coming judgment which would be so terrible
on the land and people who refuse God's grace. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 describe God's severe judgments, mercy to the remnant in
Zion who would be purged, and He asks what more could He have done for them, having done everything He could? (Isa_5:4)
But after chapter 5, when in 6 Isaiah encounters the Lord in a new way, and sees Him in His holiness, what happens?
Throughout a large part of Isaiah, after that, Isaiah keeps going back to the grace, majesty, power, might, love, and heart
of God for His people. Over and over he talks about the majesty, the glory of the Lord and His great desire to help, heal
and restore them.
Folks, I tell you this without apology and I say it to myself as well: if you are letting yourself be sidetracked
by the computer, the TV or your friends, or your busy lifestyle, and you are not taking time to dig into the Word of God,
and pray for understanding and revelation of who HE IS NOW and get alone with Him and let the Holy Ghost reveal Him to you,
then you will be in for one terrible shock when you do face Him. You will realize you have allowed the enemy of your soul
to trick and cheat you out of the MOST PRECIOUS ONE there ever has been and nothing this worldly pleasures could ever offer
you could even BEGIN to compare with the glory and majesty of our Lord...or His love for us. Don't be cheated. Seek Him now
while He may be found......
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the
LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Lord, My God. You don't want to be left standing there speechless on that day, tormented by the revelation and at last understanding
this matchless love He offers you, when it is too late to have it. Then you will know in full but it will be too late. Seek
Him now while the door of grace is open. Once it is shut, it will be too late...NOTHING we do or get involved in could ever
be as satisfying, thrilling, entertaining, and wonderful as knowing HIM....no one on earth past or present ever loved us like
He does. No one ever sacrificed so much for us as He did. He thought we were worth dying for, I KNOW He is worth living for!
No one has ever been so patient, forgiving, or long suffering with us. No one has ever dealt so gently with us. No one knows
us as well as He does and He loves us anyway....what can be more important than your personal relationship with HIM? I have
struggled long and hard trying to come to grips with Someone so wonderful wanting to have a personal relationship with me-wanting
Him but feeling so unworthy and battling that. This is not about religion, folks. The religious crowd killed HIM. It's about
Him loving us and wanting to lead us home to Him. Wanting by His Holy Spirit to prepare us to meet Him. He's coming soon,
and you or I or none of us can afford to be left behind. Don't buy into the lie the Left Behind series is teaching. If you
have the chance to know the truth now and you reject it, after He comes to take His own in the rapture, you won't get another
chance. Without the Spirit of God here to convict you, how would you know right from wrong? The Holy Spirit will leave with
the church in the Rapture. Without the Spirit of Truth in the world, you will believe a lie. If you have a chance to
receive the truth now, and you refuse for whatever reason, after the rapture, you won't get another. In a day when Christ
is being mocked and His coming scorned and scoffed at, and anything to do with Him is opposed, ask yourself why the Left Behind
series is so popular? So unopposed? So accepted? Because there is deadly leaven in it. It leaves the impression you can live
however you want now and still get saved after the rapture....and that is not true. There will be Christians who let themselves
grow cold and drift from the Lord, who miss the rapture, and will have to die to be saved, if they can endure but those who
are not saved, of the Gentiles, won't be then. If you can't live for Him now, with the Holy Spirit and the church to help
and edify you, and teach you the Word and give you understanding, HOW will you do it then, with no conviction, no Holy Ghost
to comfort and teach and guide you, and no family of God to help you? When your children are hungry and it's take the mark
or let them starve? Your mind will convince you it's okay. You have to do this. And you will believe the lie and be damned.
It's serious business folks. I know this will probably make a lot of folks mad who like those movies and books. But you read
the Word, you pray, you go to 2 Thessalonians 2 and you pray and ask God if I'm wrong. If you are sincere, He'll show you