Isaiah 6:1-4

 

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

There are two things we should note in this passage. 

First, when God the Lord in heaven mentioned, it’s the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We should see the intended vision of the Triune God in all three glorious persons that Isaiah presents us with, because that is what Isaiah himself sees.  So, let’s make sure we’re not thinking simply that the Father is revealed or simply that the Son is revealed or simply that the Spirit is revealed. Rather all three persons of the Godhead are before us and before Isaiah in this passage.

 

          Second, if you as a Christian, can grasp the glorious vision of the Triune God that Isaiah saw in this passage. If you can understand the beauty and glory, the power and strength, and the love and sufficiency of our God in this passage, then you will never tire and grow weary of what you are doing.  Yes, you will have hard days, but you will not be defeated.  And I want all of you to think about that hope, think about that promise, as we consider the passage in this morning’s devotion. 

 

This is what we should see through this passage this morning.  “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple”. We should understand that for the people of Israel, the death of King Uzziah is a traumatic event. He was king for a long time. And not only that, but he was perhaps the most stable, loved, and positive king since the reign of Solomon.

 

Maybe we can’t fully understand what it would be like for an event like this to happen. But it really would have been earth-shattering for the people in this original audience.  “The king is dead.  What will happen now?  The king is dead.  What will become of us?  The king is dead.  Will we go through what our ancestors have gone through when a wicked king came into power next?  What will it cost us?  How awful will it be?  What will the outcome look like now that King Uzziah is no longer with us?” 

          You see, they saw right before their very eyes their stability and the cornerstone of their very existence going away. And with the burial of the king was the burial of all things normal and comfortable. It’s almost certain that people would have been filled with worry, and some may even have been terrified. 

And this is why quickly, after Isaiah states this fact, that the king has died, he takes us to the throne room of the true King of Kings and the true Lord of Lords and he says the Lord is, “high and exalted, seated on a throne;” 

 

          Now how does this apply to us?  For us, a similar situation might be, the loss of a family leader or even the leader of our country. And as you experience this unexpected death, you stop and ask the question, “What will life look like now?”  There’s uncertainty.  There is  a lack of hope. There’s even worry because he or she was the one who kept the family or country glued together and now you’re worried that you’re going to scatter and never be united again.

 

          And every time we experience some big change in our society the temptation for us, is to do something like that, do divide and say it is every person for themselves. I remember watching a movie some time ago called “The Village”. In this movie, the people were tired of sin and the tragedy it brings to a fallen world. Their answer was to retreat with their families into the wilderness and live as if the rest of the world did not exist. 

         

          It can be the same for those of us who try to live out our faith daily. Every time something happens that does not agree with Scripture, or every time we lose something that is comfortable, something that is known to us, the temptation will be to build walls and hide. It will be to withdraw from society. We can easily begin to think in terms of ‘us’ versus ‘them’.  And Isaiah tells us clearly that this should never be our response, because our God remains King. 

 

          Now, I hope and pray that this ‘saying’ that “God is in control” is not just something we say when things go wrong. No, may this knowledge that God will forever be the King seated on His throne, and that He cannot be shaken or removed, be the assurance that we need when we are faced with uncertainties and fears. This is a very comforting promise, and it should never just be turned into a ‘saying’.

         

Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

          We need to constantly remind ourselves that God is King, that He remains seated on His throne.  When I came to Tanzania, to this project, and then nothing seemed to go right, I needed people to remind me and even tell me forcefully that God is King. And that’s precisely what Isaiah is doing here for his readers. That’s precisely what the Lord was doing for His people through His prophet. God was telling them, with this prophetic vision, that, “All is well no matter what you see with your eyes at this moment.” God is showing us through Isiah the unknown and invisible reality that, in heaven, there is a throne room that is forever occupied.

 

          You see, our problem is that when some traumatic event happens in this project, or in the church, or in society, we start to think the ‘sky is falling’. Brothers and sisters this passage is to remind us that when the end does come for those in Christ it will be a glorious end, not some out of control descent into chaos. 

 

          Let’s end in Prayer: Lord, the unknowns that we face in this life do not cancel out the certainty that Christ will come again in glory, that Christ will right all the wrongs, that Christ will bring perfect justice and peace to this universe.

          As we try to be His disciples, in this crazy uncertain world, Holy Spirit, please help us to remember that King Jesus is seated on His throne conducting the events of our lives and everything else in His kingdom. 

          Because You, God are King.  Because You rule over hearts and over every circumstance. Over every false world system and certainly over the true Biblical worldview.  You are indeed King overall.

 

          May we go into today and the rest of our days with the confidence and assurance to trust and obey You and You alone. Amen.