“It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.””
Isaiah 6:1-8 NLT
In this passage of scripture we read of Isaiah's vision of the Lord. This happened when King Uzziah died.
Uzziah, also spelled Ozias, also called Azariah, or Azarias, in the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 26), son and successor of Amaziah, and king of Judah for 52 years (c. 791–739 BC). In I Chronicles 3:12 we read that his father was Amaziah and that his son was Jotham. According to that same chapter, he is the ninth descendant of Solomon. According to 2 Kings 14:21-22 and 2 Chronicles 26:1,3 Uzziah was 16 years old when he took over as King of Judah. According to 2 Kings 15:1 he began to reign when King Jeroboam II was in his 27th year as king of Israel.
He brought the people of Judah to a place of prominence and power. He did what was right in God's sight. God blessed him and all that he did. He was a military mastermind.
However, his accomplishments became a sense of pride and Uzziah thought he could offer incense in the temple that only the priest could perform (see 2 Chronicles 26:16-23) God struck him with leprosy and he became isolated from society. Leprosy was a skin disease that caused people to be quarantined from the population. His son, Jotham, judged in his stead until his father died. He would then become the official king.
It was in this time that Isaiah saw a vision of God that left him seeing himself as filthy. Isaiah responded in humility and submission. One of the seraphim flew to Isaiah with a burning hot coal from the altar of God and touched Isaiah's lips. Isaiah was purged and purified. He was now ready to take a message to the people.
In John 12 we read that this vision was of Jesus Himself. Isaiah saw God. Jesus is most certainly God! Take a look at it here below:
“But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “ Lord, who has believed our message? To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?” But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said, “The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts— so that their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them.” Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory. Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.”
John 12:37-43 NLT
John was quoting Isaiah 6:10 and referring it to the LORD JESUS!
We, too, need a clear vision of God! We, too, should respond in humility and submission. Through Jesus Christ we have understanding of who God is and what He is like! Let's ask Jesus to make us like himself and send us forth into this dark world to shine His light as we speak his NAME and WORD to all!
Are you purged by the blood of Jesus? Are you purified by His atoning grace? Are you ready to serve Him?
Will you go for Him?
Curtis R. Norris
Rev. Curtis Norris