WHENEVER God has chosen men for some great duty and has prepared them for it by the vision of His holiness, their complete unfitness for divine use has been realised: “I am a man of unclean lips”, said Isaiah, when he had heard the three-fold acclamation of God’s holiness. This was not because he was base or depraved; on the contrary he was a “holy man of God” chosen to be the channel of the most outstanding revelations of the Messiah. And not only did he realise his own uncleanness of lip, but he felt also that his race, his people, were likewise unclean: “And I dwell in the midst of an unclean people.” The sin-conscious man is aware of his oneness with his fellows as members of a sin-enthralled race.
JOHN CARTER, The Letter to the Galatians, page 71.
6In 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.And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.