Purified by Fire
And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this I am touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
We like Isaiah’s vision and awareness. But we do not like to think of the live coal out of the fire being placed on the prophet’s lips.
Purification by blood and by fire. Isaiah’s lips, symbolic of all his nature, were purified by fire. God could then say to him, “Thine iniquity is taken away” (Isaiah 6:7).
That is how the amazed and pained Isaiah could genuinely come to a sense of restored moral innocence. That is how he instantly found that he was ready for worship and that he was also ready and anxious for service in the will of God.
With each of us, if we are to have that assurance of forgiveness and restored moral innocence, the fire of God’s grace must touch us. It is only through the depths of the forgiving love of God that men and women can be so restored and made ready to serve Him.