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Lesson 1: March 31-April 6

‘I am a man of unclean lips’

 

7. How do we respond when we are to go forth with the Three Angels’ messages?  Consider the candid words of Isaiah,  Isaiah 6:5, 8-9.   Which small but positive word in v.9 tells us that God can use those who humble themselves in worship before Him?

NOTE: ‘It is not surprising that when Isaiah was called to bear God’s messages of reproof, he shrank from the responsibility. He knew he would encounter resistance. As he thought of the stubbornness and unbelief of the people, his task seemed hopeless. Should he in despair leave Judah undisturbed to their idolatry? Were the gods of Nineveh to rule the earth in defiance of the God of heaven? Such thoughts as these were crowding through Isaiah’s mind as he stood under the portico of the temple. Suddenly there rose up before him a vision of the Lord sitting on a throne high and lifted up, while the train of His glory filled the temple. On each side of the throne the seraphim united in the solemn invocation, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory,” until pillar and cedar gate seemed shaken with the sound, and the house was filled with praise. Isaiah 6:3. Isaiah was overwhelmed with a sense of the purity and holiness of God. “Woe is me!” he cried; “for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.’ From Splendour to Shadow, page 163.

 

8. When Peter saw the mighty miracle of Jesus, the Son of God on the Sea of Galilee, how did he react?  Luke 5:4-11.

NOTE: ‘This miracle, above any other he had ever witnessed, was to Peter a manifestation of divine power. In Jesus he saw One who held all nature under His control. Shame for his unbelief, gratitude for the condescension of Christ, above all, the sense of his uncleanness in the presence of infinite purity, overwhelmed him. Peter fell at the Saviour’s feet, exclaiming, “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” It was the same presence of divine holiness that had caused the prophet Daniel to fall as one dead before the angel. See Daniel 10:8. Isaiah exclaimed, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, ... for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5. Thus it has been with all who have been granted a view of God’s greatness and majesty.’ From Heaven with Love, page 158.

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