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Converted and Healed By: Teryl Hebert

Posted: March 15, 2014

Converted and Healed

By: Teryl Hebert

Undone, Unclean, Cleansed and Called

Isaiah 6:1-8, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. 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.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand 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 taken away, And your sin purged.” 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.””

When Isaiah had a revelation of God’s holiness the first thing that he realized was his own sinfulness. I believe this is what is lacking in so many of the churches in this generation. Today’s preaching overemphasizes the love of God while totally diminishing the holiness of God. Or, the love of God is presented in such a way that no one would have any reason to fear the Lord or consider their own sinful condition. Isaiah was so smitten with this revelation that he cried out “Woe is me, for I am undone!” Woe means utter destruction, so Isaiah was saying that in the light of God’s holiness I am totally fit for destruction because I AM UNDONE (utterly cut off and perishing, going to hell). No one will ever get right with God unless they first realize how UNDONE that they truly are.  

The second thing that Isaiah did when he realized God’s holiness and His own “undone” condition is to acknowledge his specific issue, “I am a man of unclean lips”. Realize that Isaiah was already a prophet who ministered in the presence of King Uzziah. So this preacher was now seeing that the things he was preaching were perverse and that this perversion of speech and language had permeated the entire nation giving everyone a wrong view of God, His holiness, His judgments, and a wrong view of their own sinfulness before this holy God. I would liken this to today’s preaching and the language that I hear from church going folks. We too are a people of “unclean lips”.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:31-37, “31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.””

What we say comes from the overflow of our hearts. What is your heart full of? Do cursings and blasphemies come from your mouth? This has become so common place today it is not even considered to be sin, but with one glimpse into God’s holiness we would be compelled as Isaiah was to cry out “I am a man of unclean lips”.

Now what happens next should truly get our full attention. One of the mighty Seraphim took a live coal from the altar with a set of tongs and pressed the coal against Isaiah’s lips. Now this has always been portrayed as a nice little story of getting right with God but please consider the severity of this scene. Better yet, if you are having trouble visualizing this scene, fire up your barbeque pit and get the coals glowing red, take one out and press it to your own mouth! Do I have your attention now? The scalding, searing pain would totally melt the sensitive skin from your lips, causing a terrible wound that would take months to heal, leaving you scarred and disfigured, possibly even causing you to have to relearn how to talk. Once thoroughly burned the Seraph declared that Isaiah’s iniquity was taken away and that his sin was purged. He was now no longer undone and unclean but was now made right before God.

The real picture here is that today if we were to have a revelation of God’s holiness and our own undone condition and then be so wounded at the cross of Christ for Him taking the full wrath of God that was meant for us, we too would be burned not only on the mouth but all of the way to the heart, the source of our blasphemous lips.

Once cleansed, Isaiah heard God calling, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Isaiah immediately volunteered, “Here am I! Send me.”

Now if you have been in church any length of time you have probably heard about the story of Isaiah’s cleansing and call. We all know that God called Isaiah and we all know that Isaiah volunteered to go. But very few know what God told him to say. Let’s take a look at that.

The Message

Isaiah 6:9-12, And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, 12 and the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.”
(I switched to KJV here because it’s a better translation).

God told Isaiah that his message was going to make the heart of the people so hard that they would not understand the things of God and that they would see but not see and hear but not hear. He even gave the reason for such preaching, so that they would not get converted or healed!!! How frustrating is that? When Isaiah realized what God was sending him to do and say he said, “HOW LONG?” (caps mine). God’s reply was that he was to preach this message until the cities and houses were desolate, and that there was a great forsaking or “falling away” from God, leaving only a tenth or a remnant of the holy people.

I have been preaching the Word of God for over 30 years and I tell you that most of the time I feel like Charlie Brown’s teacher. The looks on people’s faces seem to say “blah, blah, blah.” I even recently had a former church member actually write blah, blah, blah about my message on social media simultaneously while I was doing a radio broadcast. So I’m not just imagining things. Maybe I’m just boring or maybe there’s something to Isaiah’s revelation. I have noticed that when God says something over and over again that He really wants us to pay attention. You will be surprised to learn how many times this message given to Isaiah is repeated in the New Testament. Let’s have a look.

The Parable of the Sower

Mark 4:10-13, 10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?”

Without going into the specifics of the parable of the sower I want us to continue our thoughts from Isaiah 6. Here we see Jesus explaining the reason that He uses parables is so those who are not following Him as disciples WILL NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING!!!

Before Going to the Cross

John 12:37-41, 37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 that the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.”

Jesus had just explained that He was about to be glorified by being lifted up on the cross and that through this God would draw people to Himself. The people just could not comprehend this and once again He quotes Isaiah 6, blinded eyes and hardened hearts. What a terrible spiritual condition to be in! The cross is the only remedy for sin and those blinded by their sins cannot comprehend the Christ or the cause of His cross.

The End Of Acts

Acts 28:23-28, 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 for the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.”

At the very end of the Apostle Paul’s ministry he told those religious nay sayers that they fit the description of those from Isaiah 6! Can’t see, can’t hear, can’t understand, and can’t get converted or healed!

Another interesting point is that he said from now on the gospel of salvation will be sent to the Gentiles and they will hear it. We are those Gentiles but it seems that we have come full cycle. Now we are the ones that can’t see, hear, or understand. See what Paul says about this terrible condition.

II Corinthians 3:12-16, Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13 and not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14 but their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.”

Paul said that, “their minds were blinded” by a veil over their minds when the Old Testament was read and that Christ would remedy that. But now, when Christ is preached we are seeing this same condition of blinded minds because the church has entered the same religious sins and our predecessors the Jews. Paul goes on to say:

II Corinthians 4:3-6, But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

The gospel is hidden to so many today who refuse to take up the cross and follow Jesus as His disciples. And now, the same blindness that was on the Jews is upon the majority of the Christian Churches! Oh, that men would repent! Oh, that we would get a powerful revelation of God’s Holiness and our sinfulness, and the powerful ransom that He paid for us on the cross of His dear Son. Consider what’s at stake. If we can’t see, hear, or understand, neither can we be converted or healed. This is precisely the problem in this generation, multitudes of unconverted people fill the churches with blinded hearts and minds, waiting, unmoved, until they slide of into hell. It’s time to seek the Lord until you get a powerful revelation of His holiness, Your sinfulness, and Christ’s salvation.

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