by Christina Farris
1 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.
2 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.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 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.
6 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:
7 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.
8 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.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 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.
11 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,
12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13 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. Isaiah knew King Uzziah had died, but before his death, he lived with leprosy because he wanted to burn incense to the Lord, but it was not the Kings place to burn incense but the priest and when he went to burn the incense his skin turned to leprousy up to his forehead. Now Isaiah knew about King Uzziah but this is after Uzziah death and is now having a vision and see the Lord Almighty in heaven. Can you imagine his fear of his unworthiness to be before the throne of God after the events of King Uzziah who did right in the sight of God and trust God in battle and victory. Position and appointment of those in the priesthood come from God. King Uzziah was appointed king at sixteen years old. Yet he follow God it did not make him worthy to do the priestly act of burning incense to the Lord. Now Isaiah know he is a man of unclean lips, that he unworthy to be before the Lord but he before the Lord and the throne with the serphims(angels) and the angel touches his lips with a coal to cleans his mouth of the filth of his tongue. Has he waited he heard God speak of who would go for him and Isaiah said "here am I; send me". He would go to preach to people that would not listen nor hear his speech, that would not turn to God and listen to what was spoken, but he would preach until the inhabitants were wasted, the house destroyed and the land utterly destroyed. A tenth of the people would return and prosper so that the Holy seed(God's word would be feasted on). In other words God's word would be heard and repentance taken place.
God is showing Isaiah there is times God hardens people hearts when they they fail to honor God in their life, even by traditions of allowing those anointed for a particular task to do them or for those called are living in sin and are not performing their duties. Isaiah seen his wretchness, and repented. King Uzziah never seem to have repented for his sin. When we study Old Testament and know about grace in the New Testament it seems like there are to different codes. Christ paying the debt for all sin, so when we fail we do not have to be so concern just turn away from it, once understood something is sin. Yet when we see Old Testament, God swift in his punishment and his correction concerning his Holiness and direction of order of who does what.
If a parent assigns a chore to their children and one decides to be nice and do the chore of the other plus there own. Does the parent let it go, or do they assign another task for the other child who had not learn to do his own work? I am not sure there is easy reponse to the parents, but to God it is important and why is it important, because each of us has a role to play in his kingdom, here on earth and in heaven. Uzziah saying he did not need a priesthood, or what he declaring he was worthy to do the job of priesthood too in his own eyes. He thought himself holy enough to perform the task. God's holy calling has a position and a title for the one call to do it and that job will done by the person that suppose to do it, by the call and direction of God. He can open blind eyes and close seeing eyes to have his will performed. If you see a backslider his eyes closed. If a man is seeing and loose sight, has he sin in some way, to loose his sight or way.Romans 11:27-36 KJV says.
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Isaiah knew King Uzziah had died, but before his death, he lived with leprosy because he wanted to God causes blindness so all can obtain mercy. All can bow to God in repentance. Yet not will bow in repentance, for some even with eyes open fall asleep once more by choice and others that are blinded eyes are open so they can see they need to show someone mercy ourselves, because our own self righteousness gets in the way of others coming to the Lord at times, but with God's humbling comes a witness to others that out shine anything man can do.
Dear Heavenly Father bring us to our knees as we do your will that you have call us to, bring us to repentance and seeking you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:2 Chronicles 26:16-23 KJV
16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.