Serving the Lord with Vision

 

"In 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'" (Isa. 6:1-8).

I. Depending on God
We notice in these verses that when Isaiah looked up, he had seen the glory of God. We see that there is connection between the death of King Uzziah and Isaiah's vision. Uzziah was a great king. He was obedient to God through much of his life, but he was beset by pride, offering incense on the altar of the Temple against God's will (2 Chron. 26). We know that Isaiah was probably a scribe or person of influence in the government of Israel (from 2 Chron. 26:22, Isa. 7:3-4, etc.) and tradition tells us he was a cousin of the king.

The king was likely respecting everything done by Isaiah and taking care of him. He may have been looking to the king and not to God. His physical needs were taken care of by the King. When King Uzziah died, it became necessary for Isaiah to look upon God. The time had come for Isaiah to depend on God. So God opened on him the glory of Heaven. It was a vision from God. Then Isaiah could see the full glory of God. God showed Isaiah the same holy place that Uzziah had violated because of His pride, and Isaiah was "undone".  

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