Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Call to the Nation - July 1, 2010

Isaiah 6:1,5,8-10 (New Century Version)
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a very high throne. His long robe filled the Temple.
5 I said, "Oh, no! I will be destroyed. I am not pure, and I live among people who are not pure, but I have seen the King, the Lord All-Powerful."
8 Then I heard the Lord's voice, saying, "Whom can I send? Who will go for us?" So I said, "Here I am. Send me!"

In the year 740 B.C., the prophet Isaiah was called to speak for God to the people of Israel. He went on to prophecy to them that their nation would come to an end. They had strayed from the worship and reverance of the One true God, who had established their country and had given them their land. In response to the blessings of God, they went on to worhip other pagan gods, carry out detestable acts and fall into courruption and sin.

God went on to send numerous prophets to warn the people of their impending destruction, but they hardened their hearts and didn't listen. Israel went eventually was conquered and exiled, returned and conquered again, until finally in 70 A.D., the Romans crushed a Jewish rebellion, Jerusalem was destroyed, and the Jewish people were scattered through out the world. They would not officially return to their God given land until almost 1900 years later, when in 1948 the State of Israel was re-established.

Today, we as a Nation are faced with the same situation. We are a corrupt and sinful country that has turned its back on God. On a much smaller level, we come across people around us at work and in our own households, that are lost and fallen away from God. In face of this situation, who will God send to turn the heart of the Nation? In our generation, who will go for God? Who will be the difference maker in the lives of the lost people around us, as they struggle to find their way in this land? Are we as ready as Isaiah was to say, "Here I am. Send me!"

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