“The Year King Uzziah Died”

On May 27, Pastor Jim preaches on Isaiah 6:1-8.

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another and said:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” 6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

This vision of Isaiah is as bizarre as they come. It was the moment he first saw God for who God is. Interestingly it was in the same year King Uzziah died. Uzziah had been king for more than 50 years. There was no more stabilizing presence in Judea than him. His successor was his weak and inept son, Jotham. What in the world would they do?

We do know that toward the end of King Uzziah’s reign, things went higgledy-piggledy. People stopped trusting God and looked elsewhere. Sometimes the King Uzziahs need to die; at least they need to be removed from the throne.