A central concept for Martin Luther and the Lutheran tradition is “vocation”. Although it is not unique to Lutheranism, it is a distinctively central emphasis.
Last week, I shared that no one ever says “pick me, Pick Me, PICK ME” for the vocation of prophet. However, there is always an exception to the rule… Isaiah.
Isaiah has a distinctively different, out-of-this-world, and quite terrifying “call story”.
In a hallucination-type vision, Isaiah is near the throne of God listening to non-Cupid type angels singing the ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ which we join them and the faithful of all times and places during each Holy Communion rite.
Isaiah is aware that he is unworthy, so a Seraph with its 6 wings and fiery being, takes a piece of coal from the altar of God and presses it to Isaiah’s lips in order to cleanse and purify him.
Then, Isaiah hears the voice of God asking ‘who will I send as a prophet to my people?’. Isaiah, having this experience and having been cleansed… volunteers.
Isaiah’s first message to the people as a prophet is simple:
“Ya’ll don’t get it”.
The call stories of Simon, later known as Peter, and the other disciples are significantly different from Isaiah. Read the rest of this entry »