Distracting Interruptions

Last Sunday a couple small children were fussing in the back row.  I wonder if Jesus, ever bawled during the synagogue service.  He was human you know.  Kids make noise.

Also last Sunday Grown up Jesus experienced an interruption while he was teaching in a synagogue.  A man possessed by a demon confronted him.  Jesus ordered the demon to shut up and get out of the poor man.  Which it did.

But this Sunday, Isaiah tells of a major interruption while he was in the temple. (Isaiah 6) In 740 B.C. and he saw Yahweh sitting on a throne, probably the ark of the covenant.  Guarding Yahweh were two six winged fiery creatures known as Seraphim.  Perhaps, they were griffin-like with head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion or appeared as fiery dragons.  In any case these creatures were flying around calling to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of the Armies.  The whole earth is full of his glory.”   Their voices shook the foundations of the doorposts and filled the place with smoke.  Isaiah figured he had had it. “Oh no! I’m doomed.  My lips and everyone I know have lips that have sinned.”  But in an unusual pronouncement of forgiveness, the Seraphim took some hot coals and touched Isaiah’s lips telling him “Your guilt is gone, and your sin forgiven.”  “Ouch, the burns.” said Isaiah.  Well he didn’t, but wouldn’t you, plus watching what you say in the future?

Then Yahweh said, “Whom will I send?”  Isaiah responded with something like, “Who? Me? Yeah, I guess you do.  Okay, as long as I’m here, send me.“

“Oh, by the way, Isaiah, no one will listen to you.”

Isaiah said, “How long will this go on?”

Yahweh said, “As long as it takes.”

Be on your toes and pay attention in church tomorrow.  Who knows?  

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