Unparalleled Majesty

Isaiah 6:1-7 says, “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

3 things:

First, look at 6:1 to see the context.  “In the year that King Uzziah died…” When King Uzziah died there is really only one thing to say, the people of God were coming out of a large time of prosperity, decline had begun, and the people began to feel it.  Interesting to note that in the same year King Uzziah died another great city was founded in Italy on the banks of Tiber River, the city of Rome.  So this year, where King Uzziah died, the people of God began to decline, and the city of Rome was founded and began flourishing.  What happens in this time that is what seems to be a crux in history?  God does the most glorious thing He could ever do – He reveals Himself in His glory.

Second, notice that King Uzziah died.  This is no mere detail.  When the King’s life expired who lived on?  The Lord sitting on the throne.  We come and go.  He is forever.  Psalm 90:2 says, “…from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.”  Psalm 29 says, “The Lord sat enthroned as King over the flood, the Lord sits enthroned as King forever.  There will never come a time when God is not.  We are born and we die, and regardless if Time magazine proclaimed God to be dead in 1966, He remains and always will.  John Piper once said God, “…will be living ten trillion ages from now when all the puny attempts against his reality will have sunk into oblivion like bb’s at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.”

Third, 6:1 says Isaiah “…saw the Lord sitting on the throne, high and lifted up; and the train of His robe filled the temple.”  Isaiah did not see this glorious vision of ‘a god’ sitting in a field, or on white shores, or in a flowery mountain side.  He saw Him on His throne, ruling and reigning.  This is raw authoritative majesty that will never change.  We all know what this means when it speaks of the train of God’s robe.  In a wedding the train of the bride’s dress is long for a reason, it signifies the beauty of the bride.  It exists to make much of her.  I can still remember standing up front seeing the doors in the back of the church swing open to reveal my wife Holly in her wedding gown, walking down the aisle.  It was a sight to see, it was gripping, captivating, beautiful, and magnificent to behold.  The train of her dress flowed behind her, and the whole moment seemed to be filled with wonder and awe.  Just like that, when we see the train of God’s robe filling the temple we’re meant to see similar things.  It is meant to signify the magnificence of His beauty.  It doesn’t merely take a few people to hold His train, God’s robe spills out over the sides of His throne, moving across the floor, completely engulfing the whole of the heavenly temple!

Lesson?

God’s majesty is unparalleled.  He has no equal.  His beauty has no end.

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