SEEING the VISION of GOD’s MAJESTY
July 17 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 4-6
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke." (Isaiah 6:1-4)
Isaiah chapter six is a record of God’s divine call to the prophet Isaiah through a marvelous vision of God’s majesty and splendor. Bible scholars believe that this was most likely Isaiah’s original call to prophetic ministry. The reason why this heavenly vision was placed in chapter six instead of chapter one is because it served as a climax to the preceding five chapters and as a bridge to chapters 7–12. God called Isaiah to serve as His messenger because the nation stood on the brink of national calamity. His message was one of judgment—and hope. God would judge the nation for sin, and the judgment would continue until the coming of the Messiah.
Isaiah’s call to prophetic ministry began with a vision of the awesome majesty and holiness of God (6:1–8). We should note that Isaiah saw this vision “in the year King Uzziah died” (6:1a). King Uzziah represents the pride of a king as he attempted to take over the role of a priest in worshipping God (2 Chron 26:19-21). However, this vision shows the humility of the angels (seraphims) who covered their face and feet and proclaimed only the holiness and glory of God (6:2). As the angels proclaimed God’s absolute holiness, Isaiah realized his own sin as well as the sin of the nation (6:5). God forgave Isaiah (6:6-7) and then asked for a willing messenger (6:8a). In gratitude Isaiah stepped forward and responded, “Here I am. Send me!” (6:8b).
What is the need for seeing the vision of God’s majesty in our lives? The answer to this question lies in the fact that when we truly see and know the greatness, majesty and holiness of God, then we can truly see a clearer vision about our real state – about who we truly are! We cannot hide behind the façade that we put every day before other people before the holiness of God. When we see the majesty of God, we understand the great need for God’s grace in our lives. We will then make a greater commitment to live and speak for God among the people in our sphere of influence.
Isaiah’s vision of God led to a true vision of himself and others as unholy and unclean before God. This recognition of sin led Isaiah to a need for God’s cleansing grace (6:7), and this vision commissioned him to spread God’s message (6:9) about a holy God to unholy people! We too need to see the vision of God’s majesty in our lives so that we can see ourselves as we truly are, get right with God and cleansed through the blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9) and take God’s message of salvation to everyone we know.