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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Send Me Lord

January 21, 2007

 

The vision which Isaiah saw when he was, as is said of Samuel, established to be a prophet of the Lord (Sam 3:20 NIV)   And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD.), was intended, 1. To confirm his faith, that he might himself be abundantly satisfied of the truth of those things which should afterwards be made known to him. This God opened the communications of himself to him; but such visions needed not to be afterwards repeated upon every revelation. 

(Psa 146:3 NIV)  Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. 

(Psa 146:4 NIV)  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. 

(Psa 146:10 NIV)  The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD. 

Israel’s king dies, but Israel’s God still lives. From the mortality of great and good men we should take occasion to look up with an eye of faith to the King eternal, immortal. King Uzziah died under a cloud, for he was shut up as a leper till the day of his death. As the lives of princes have their periods, so their glory is often eclipsed; but, as God is everliving, so his glory is everlasting. King Uzziah dies in an hospital, but the King of kings still sits upon his throne. 

He saw the Lord Jesus; so this vision is explained (John 12:41 NIV)  Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.,** that Isaiah now saw Christ’s glory and spoke of him, which is an incontestable proof of the divinity of our Saviour. He it is who when, after his resurrection, he sat down on the right hand of God, did but sit down where he was before, (John 17:5 NIV)  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.. 

(Psa 29:10 NIV)  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. 

The counsel of God concerning Isaiah’s mission. God is here brought in, after the manner of men, deliberating and advising with himself: Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? God needs not either to be counselled by others or to consult with himself; he knows what he will do, but thus he would show us that there is a counsel in his whole will, and teach us to consider our ways, and particularly that the sending forth of ministers is a work not to be done but upon mature deliberation 

None are allowed to go for God but those who are sent by him; he will own none but those whom he appoints(Rom 10:15 NIV)  And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!".
It is Christ’s work to put men into the ministry, (1 Tim 1:12 NIV)   I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 

His resolution; “Here I am, ready to encounter the greatest difficulties. I have set my face as a flint.” Compare this with ch. 50:4-7. (3.) His referring himself to God: “Send me whither thou wilt; make what use thou pleasest of me. Send me, that is, Lord, give me commission and full instruction; send me, and then, no doubt, thou wilt stand by me.” It is a great comfort to those whom God sends that they go for God, and may therefore speak in his name, as having authority, and be assured that he will bear them out. 

(Mat 28:18 NIV)  Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 

(Mat 28:19 NIV)  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

(Mat 28:20 NIV)  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." 

            On Friday I retired from my secular job to completed the mission that God has called me to do until that day He calls me home.

 

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