Today, we read John Chapters nine and ten, in our gospel journey with Jesus. This is where Jesus healed a man born blind and all the conflict, unbelief, and blindness that is revealed in this miracle. Jesus declares, “For Judgement I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” John 9:39

 “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

The prophet Isaiah, in Chapter six, has an eye seeing, hearing, understanding moment with the Lord that changes His entire ministry and vision. “I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.” Isaiah 6:1

Hearing one of the seraphim (the four magnificent living creatures we see in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4) cry out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of host; the whole world is full of His glory!” Isaiah 6:3

Witnessing the posts of the doors being shaken by the voice of the seraphim as the house filled with smoke, Isaiah is about to be known.

He has seen the Lord, heard His holiness and His glory.

Now it’s time for Isaiah to be known.

 “So I said: 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 my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5

Only by seeing an elevated vision of the King, in the beauty of His holiness, can we see our own uncleanness. We see and hear and then we are known. Being known can leave us undone as we recognize our own unclean lips in the midst of highest praise.

Isaiah is now undone; what now can be done?

 “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his and a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar, and he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is take away, and your sin purged.’” Isaiah 6:6, 7 Isaiah is in a new paradigm. He has seen his uncleanness and experienced the Lord’s provision for his iniquity and sin.

Isaiah is ready to follow.

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’ And He said, ‘Go and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive,’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.” Isaiah 6:8-10

 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27

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