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This is the account of Isaiah's call to be a prophet. He takes a page from his own spiritual autobiography and tells how it was that he came to be the prophet of God which he was.
As you study the Bible you will find that men of God were called in a variety of ways. Moses was called at a burning bush. The Lord said to Moses, ''Take off your shoes from off your feet for where you are standing is holy ground.'' That was the call of Moses.
You may remember Amos, the country preacher. He went to Bethel, and Amaziah the priest went out to where Amos was preaching and said, ''This is where the king goes to church. Get.'' Amos said, ''I was not a prophet or the son of a prophet. I was a shepherd tending the sheep. I was a farmer pinching the sycamores and the Lord said, 'Get,' and called me to preach. The Lord told me to get before you told me to get.''
You will discover as you look at all of these calls in the Bible that all of them are different. The same thing is true today. I believe God calls people into the ministry. We believe as a church in a God-called ministry. I would not dare stand in the pulpit if I didn't know that God had called me into the ministry.
One of the things I have observed is just exactly as it is in the Bible that the calls of God are very individual and they are very, very different. God's call upon my life was very different. God's call upon your life may be very different.
He's telling us now how it came about that he was called. He drops it right in the middle of the first section of his book. Keep in mind the outline of the book of Isaiah. There are two main divisions. The first 39 chapters we have given the title ''Condemnation.'' The last 27 chapters we have given the title ''Consolation.''
In the first section we have a series of sermons against Judah and then a series of burdens against the nations and then some woes against the whole world. In the first ...
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