Scripture: Isaiah 6
Key verse: (13)
Even if a tenth part remain in it,
it will be burned again,
like a terebinth or an oak
whose stump remains standing
when it is felled.”
The holy seed is its stump.
Reflection: Our text for today includes Isaiah’s call story. Isaiah’s call from God offers a window into what his ministry will be like – Isaiah will speak God’s words and yet the people will not turn from their ways. God speaks of dulled minds and destruction of the people, and yet, Isaiah’s message to the people becomes one of both judgment and salvation. The words we read for today are meant more to prepare Isaiah for his ministry than to give the message that Isaiah will be passing on to God’s people, a helpful reminder when we these read words full of great destruction.
God tells Isaiah that his ministry will continue until cities are torn down and the land is left desolate. This is not the hopeful message that we want to hear from a prophet. And yet, the message ends with a glimmer of hope. “The holy seed is its stump.” In the midst of the sinful and corrupt human ways, there lives a holy seed, planted by God at our beginning. God continues to send messages and messengers (like Isaiah) to God’s people to break into their hearts, turning them from the ways of sin to a path of love. This love can be found within each of us, if we just take the time to weed through to the stump, the holy seed.
Are there parts of your life that need to be broken through? Have you turned too deeply to the ways of the world? Do you need a messenger to remind you of who you are at your core? God continues to break into our world, dwelling among us, shining light on our darkened souls. May we hear the messages of hope that are before us, and may we live into the love of the holy seed that dwells within us.
Prayer: Holy God, you continue to send us prophets who call us to turn from the ways of sin and corruption to your great love. Help us to listen to these words, that they might move and transform us. Reveal to us the Holy Seed that lies within us that we might use it to do your work in the world. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].