Isaiah 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. 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 did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 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. 6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, HERE AM I; SEND ME.
The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah described holiness as a way and a highway, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein Isaiah 35:8.” It is God’s highway, where the devil can’t touch you, and it’s filled with everlasting gladness and joy (Isaiah 35:9, 10). It is a way, a walk, a manner in which one lives, ones conduct, and a course which one follows. We need to see that God above all things is holy and this attribute of God was reproduced in our new nature in Christ (Ephesians 4:24). We are made holy in Christ by the grace of God as a position we have for being in Christ but we can fall short of this in our walk.
Times in His holy presence in worship, in prayer, and in His Word can make us aware of how far we may fail to measure up to living like God made us. When we see God for who He is like Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:1 9, we can become aware of our own lack. This awareness is never revealed to condemn us but to make us more whole in our walk.
Notice the angels describe God as “Holy, Holy, Holy” which is similar to a view into Heaven in the New Testament in Revelation 4:8. The Lord has the angel in Isaiah 6 take a fiery coal from His altar and touches Isaiah in the very place he said was unclean, his lips. Isaiah, the golden prophet and orator for God says his lips are unclean, the very thing he is known to be used by God for. The fiery coal from God’s altar and holy presence cleansed him. After the angel touches him with the fiery coal, he then begins to hear a conversation of God asking who will go for us. God didn’t tell Isaiah to go but rather Isaiah overhears a conversation and a question then replies, “Here am I, send me.” There appears to be a connection between cleansing and how it can keep us positioned to hear God. I believe a walk in holiness helps open our hearing to the voice of God. After all, everything about God is holy:
GOD IS HOLY Isaiah 6:3
GOD LIVES IN A HOLY HEAVEN Isaiah 57:15
GOD’S NAME IS HOLY Luke 1:49
GOD’S ANGEL’S ARE HOLY Matthew 25:31
GOD’S SON JESUS IS HOLY Mark 1:24
GOD’S SPIRIT IS HOLY Acts 1:8
GOD’S WORD IS HOLY 2 Timothy 3:15
GOD’S WORD WASHES THE CHURCH FOR IT TO BE HOLY Ephesians 5:27
GOD WANTS US TO BE HOLY IN YOUR WALK Ephesians 1:4