Without Excuse

Isaiah 6:1-8 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto 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 moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, 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 mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Text Ezekiel 22:30 “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

Having been confronted with a vision of God, Isaiah is challenged by the voice of God, “Whom shall I send?” God implemented a search for a man! Ezekiel said God “sought for a man.” The word “sought” means to search out by any means, to strive after, to make a request. This search is not limited to the days of Isaiah and Ezekiel; for God is always looking for someone through which He might work His will. But, who could possibly qualify for such a prestigious opportunity? Ezekiel gave clarity to the subject of God’s search. He began with the nature of the subject, “a man.” Please note that it does not say a rich man, an educated man, a black man or a white man; just a man! It does not say that he must be a preacher, a politician or a prosperous man, just a man! The word “man” comes from an Old Testament word that means “a mortal.” Lastly, we see the numerical number of the subject, “a man.” God is not looking for a nation, a denomination, a church or a couple, but “a man.” While He would delight in having them all, He is willing to use an individual. The Sovereign initiated a search for one mortal that would aid Him in implementing and performing His will among men. Knowledgeable of God’s willingness to use anyone; what possible excuse could be fabricated in an effort to disqualify oneself from being included in the search? In response to His call, we are without excuse!