Posted by: Pauline | November 6, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday November 13

Isaiah 6:1-8

The opening phrase of this chapter appears at first sight to be nothing more than an indication of when these things took place. In ancient times, people counted years in terms of how long the current king had been reigning. Isaiah’s vision took place during the year that Uzziah died, though whether before or after the king’s death is not clear. (Probably before, otherwise it would have made more sense to say the first year of Jotham’s reign.)

Many people think there is a deeper significance linking Isaiah’s vision to Uzziah’s death, however. The death of a monarch, especially one who had ruled well, was likely a time of national mourning, and probably of much uncertainty as people wondered what sort of king his son would turn out to be. There was always a tendency to put too much trust in the king and his power, rather than in the invisible God who was Lord over all.

Isaiah’s vision was a strong reminder that regardless of who was seated on the throne in the royal palace, God was seated on His throne in heaven. He would reign in His sovereign power and majesty and holiness, as He always had and always would. The only question was, who on earth would faithfully carry out His commands.


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