Double Image: God and Self

James Nettinga

READ : Isaiah 6:1-8

Isaiah dated this most important encounter with God by King Uzziah who died of leprosy after improperly burning incense in the temple. Moral and economic troubles engulfed the nation of Israel. Isaiah, a grieved and wounded statesman of the highest order, took his problem to God. Result a vision in four stages:

  1. Disclosure-He saw the Lord. It was an event, described with beautiful oriental imagery. He felt God’s power, majesty and holiness.
  2. Evidence-He saw himself, a probing self-introspection and analysis, a sudden awakening of how far he had moved away from the holiness of God.
  3. Contact-Isaiah saw a sacrifice. In his complete loneliness and abandonment, a messenger of God touched him and forgave his sins.
  4. Service-“Here am I; send me!” Isaiah’s answer verified the vision. He became God’s prophetic messenger to his nation. By seeing God he got a clear image of himself.

Other intimate encounters with God are found in: Jeremiah 1:4-9; Ezekiel 1-2; Paul-Acts 9:1-18; Peter-Acts 10. How do these visions compare or differ?


Holy God, we are thankful, that in all your majesty you reach down and touch our lives, forgiving our sins. Help us to respond by sharing our spiritual discoveries with others. Amen.