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Isaiah 6:1-7 & Revelation 4–5

Isaiah 6:1-7 & Revelation 4–5


1. True worship always precedes a glimpse of who God is (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)

(a) God is Holy (Sanctus, Trisagion, Kedushah)

(a1) “To be different,” “To be other,” “To be distant” and “to be transcendent,” “To be unique,” “There is nothing the entire universe that may be compared to Him” (cf. 40:25, Deuteronomy 6:4)
(a2) “There is nothing in the universe may be compared to the holy God,” “None could stand before the Holy God,” “He is completely outside of our world, our experience, our understanding,” “God is beyond imagination”

(b) God is the King “seated on the throne” (Isaiah 6:1; Revelation 4:2-6)

(c) Jesus is the “Lion of Judah,” “the Root of David,” “the Lamb that was slain” (Revelation 5:5)

(d) The Triune God is always the object of our worship (talk about the trend)

(d1) Not the music (talk about the trend)—if not careful, music can distract us from true worship
(d2) Not personal preferences

(e) Such worship needs preparation—from the Word and general revelation

(e1) The Word tells us how he revealed in history and how people of history understood God to be
(e2) The general revelation points us to God’s intelligence, creativity, care, etc.

2. True worship involves a realization of who we are (Isaiah 6:5)

(a) Isaiah felt worthless before the Sovereign Master

(a1) He judged six times (5:8, 11, 18, 20, 21, 22 “woe to those”)
(a2) He pronounces the same judgment on himself (6:5)

(b) The twenty-four Elders lay their crowns before God (Revelation 4:10-11; 5:11-12)

3. Worship begins when God touches one’s life:

(a) The Sovereign Master cleansed Isaiah in the palace where the defiled king lived

(a1) Isaiah was cleansed, free to worship, serve, and live for God

– It affects the theology
– It affects one’s understanding of purpose in life

(a2) This shows that the Sovereign God is merciful (Exodus 34:5-6 ; Ephesians 2:4-5 )


(c) Worship—a believer’s response to God’s revelation of Himself in History that is recorded in the Scripture

(d) One’s worship can only be proportionate to one’s understanding of God revealed in the Scripture

4. Take Away

To worship the Triune God truthfully, read the Scripture regularly