The Promised Presence

Isaiah 6:1-8

The Promised Presence

Isaiah 6:1-8

Sermon Notes

Preacher: Jeremiah Fyffe


1. THE LORD ON THE THRONE

2. ISAIAH REPENTS

3. THE LORD CLEANSES

4. THE LORD SENDS


CRADLE | Sentimentalized

CROSS | Trivialized

CROWN | Forgotten


Isaiah 1:11–12

What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?

says the LORD;

I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams 

and the fat of well-fed beasts;

I do not delight in the blood of bulls,

or of lambs, or of goats.

When you come to appear before me,

who has required of you

this trampling of my courts?


Isaiah 1:16–17

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;

remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;

cease to do evil, learn to do good;

seek justice, correct oppression;

bring justice to the fatherless,

plead the widow’s cause.


Isaiah 1:18

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:

though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow; 

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.


2 Chronicles 26:15

And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.


2 Chronicles 26:16

But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction.


Robert Webber

Unfortunately, we frequently fail to see what Isaiah saw. We allow the goals, ambitions, and everyday responsibilities of life to be so central to our thoughts that we fail to shut down and center on the Holy One, the Creator, the one who is high and lifted up above all that is. Isaiah saw above the details of his own life and the issues of his nation. By faith he went to the very heart of human existence itself. Like Isaiah we need to get beyond the form of our worship. We need to experience the presence of the one who stands over us to judge us, heal us, and restore us to life.

Community Group Questions

QUESTION 1

On Sunday Jeremiah mentioned that the cradle, cross and crown is a good way to remember and explain the historical realities of the gospel. He also mentioned that the cradle is often sentimentalized, the cross is trivialized and the crown is forgotten. How have you seen and experienced this yourself in your life, the church and the culture?

QUESTION 2

Isaiah 1 speaks of the dead ritualism present in the worship of the people. Are there any aspects of dead ritualism, or pretending and performing that you can identify in your life?

QUESTION 3

Consider this quote from Robert Webber: Unfortunately, we frequently fail to see what Isaiah saw. We allow the goals, ambitions, and everyday responsibilities of life to be so central to our thoughts that we fail to shut down and center on the Holy One, the Creator, the one who is high and lifted up above all that is. Isaiah saw above the details of his own life and the issues of his nation. By faith he went to the very heart of human existence itself. Like Isaiah we need to get beyond the form of our worship. We need to experience the presence of the one who stands over us to judge us, heal us, and restore us to life. What is it that Isaiah saw? How is the King on his throne in the presence of his people a greater vision of life than our own goals, ambitions and short-sighted distractions?

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