Adrian Rodgers used the following illustration in his message on Isaiah 6.I believe it is a beautiful illustration of really getting right with God. We have to be humble enough to tell the truth.
Some today will never be cleansed, because they’ll never make such a confession. So many people spend so much time justifying themselves.
I read a long time ago, when I was a school boy, about a king who visited a slave galley where the men were chained to the oars, pulling at the oars. And they were sentenced there for crimes against the state.
The king walked through the slave galley looking at these men chained there, and he asked one, “Why are you here?”
“Oh,” he said, “Sire, I’m here because I was framed. Someone lied against me and said that I blasphemed the king; but I’m innocent. I never did that, Sire.”
And the king said, “Oh, that’s terrible that you should be so sinned against.”
He asked another one, “Why are you here?”
“Well,” he said, “I’ve been arrested for the crime of stealing, but I stole nothing. I was in a crowd when something was stolen, but I’m innocent.”
He asked another why he was there. And on and on, every man had an excuse, until he met one man chained there in the lower part of the galley.
And he said, “And, you, why are you here?” “Oh,” he said, “Sire, I’m here because I have sinned. I have committed grievous crimes. I’ve sinned against you, my king. I’ve sinned against the state. I’ve sinned against my family. I’m here getting the just reward for what I deserve.”
And when the king heard that, he said, “You rogue, you scoundrel, you knave. What are you doing here among so many honest men? Guards! Take him, release him, get him out of here.”
There’s one thing God will not accept for sin, and that’s an alibi. But when we say, “Woe is me, for I am undone. Mine eyes have seen the king,” when we understand God’s holiness, we understand our hellishness, God takes a live coal from the altar, symbolizing the grace of God. This was a sacrificial flame.
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