Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:
- God is MAJESTIC
- God is MESSIAH
- God wants to be MASTER
- God wants us to live on MISSION
I really think that this is the theme that plays out in all of Scripture. I think we see Majestic, Messiah, Master, Mission in one chapter of the Bible, Isaiah 6. In fact, I even did one blog on this before. I just really want to devote the next few months to blogging about this and going deeper with it. It serves as a great reminder and motivation for me to pursue Jesus and His Gospel. I hope it does the same for you.
In Isaiah 6:1, we learn that King Uzziah has died. Let’s back up. Who is Uzziah? Uzziah was King of Judah. Judah was the Southern Kingdom of God’s chosen nation. He reigned for 50+ years, and 2 Chronicles 26 would tell you that he was a good king. He feared God, and he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
Things went south for Uzziah later in his life. He became filled with pride and anger and lost his way. He decided that he wanted to be more than king of God’s chosen nation. He thought he would try to take on the role of the Priest. He was confronted by 80+ priests, but he did not listen to their rebuke. God was not pleased with Uzziah’s actions, and he struck Uzziah with leprosy. Ouch! Uzziah never repented and lived out the rest of his days quarantined with leprosy until he died. That is some serious pride!
Before we get back to talking about God’s Majesty, let me touch on Uzziah’s lack of repentance for a second. I help many men/young men who happen to struggle with porn addiction. I used to be in that same place, and I believe that God has called me to help these men/young men the same way God helped me. There is something interesting that I know about my own life and the lives of these men/young men. Everyone’s “bottom of the pit” looks different. I know when I hit the bottom of my pit as far as addiction is concerned. I can remember it like yesterday! I am thankful that God let me hit the bottom of that pit.
There are guys I help that I would think would be at the bottom of their pit. More times than not though, they respond like Uzziah. I have seen guys lose their wives and their kids and that not produce repentance in their life. That is scary! Uzziah was ill with a disease that could kill him. He was no longer able to lead the Kingdom that God gave him. BUT he still did not repent of his PRIDE and beg the Lord for mercy. That is some serious pride. The book of James tells us that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. May God give me, may He give us, a posture of humility so we can recipients of His grace!
Sorry for the rant. Let’s get back to the Majesty of God. In Isaiah 6:1, we see that Isaiah gets a vision from God in the same year that King Uzziah died. Now that we know how King Uzziah died, I think we can assume if we were Isaiah we would be paying very close attention to whatever the Lord would reveal to us. Uzziah’s death was intense!
In Isaiah 6:1-5, we get a glimpse of the vision that God gave to Isaiah. Wow! What a vision indeed! The text says that Isaiah saw the Lord lifted high and exalted, seated on a throne. Visualize this in your head. Isaiah continues to describe the vision. He said the train of God’s robe filled the temple. Let that sink in for a minute. God is so big that He wears a robe, and the train of that robe fills the entire Old Testament temple. This is the temple that Solomon built. That temple was huge. Translation: God is BIG! He is HUGE! Isaiah catches a glimpse of this!
In this same vision, Isaiah sees angelic beings above God, and they are singing to Him. They are singing “Holy, Holy, Holy”. Who are they singing to? They are singing to the One who is so BIG and HUGE that the train of His robe fills the entire temple, and when they sing, they sing about the Holiness and Glory of God. What a sight to behold? While they are singing, the doorposts and thresholds of the temple begins to shake, and smoke fills the temple.
Try to picture this in your mind. Imagine what Isaiah must have been thinking and feeling. I bet he didn’t go up and try to give Almighty God a high five. I bet Isaiah wasn’t trying to have some “buddy buddy” conversation with the Lord. In fact, we know he didn’t do this because of his reaction in verse 5. Before we talk about his reaction in verse 5, let me just say this.
In our American Church Culture, we have lost a sense of God’s Glory and Holiness. We flippantly treat our relationship with God like He’s one of our buddies we connect with on Facebook if we aren’t careful. Don’t misunderstand me. God longs for relationship with us, and He desires to be our friend. Being friends with God and being “buddy buddy” with God are two different things. I can’t be his friend if I don’t humble myself and see my own sin, and consequently see how much I have violated His Glory and Holiness with that sin.
God wants me to see how much I have fallen short so I can in humility bring myself to Him and experience His gift of forgiveness. He wants me to see Him the same way Isaiah saw Him. In Isaiah 6:5, Isaiah says, “Woe is me.” Why? He knows that He is “unclean” and that He has just experienced God’s Holiness.
God does not want us to walk around in guilt and shame, but He does want us to have a healthy fear and reverence for Him. Our idolatry offends him! What does that idolatry look like? It’s gluttony, porn addiction, sexual immorality, homosexuality, greed, materialism, drunkenness, religiosity, pride, etc., etc., etc. Again, our idolatry offends this Majestic God! When is the last time you saw a clear picture of God’s Holiness and His Glory? Did you respond like Isaiah?
Whether you have done this or not, ask the Lord to give you a fresh understanding of His Majesty. That makes us just be in awe of Him! That awe leads to humility, and that humility often leads to a lifestyle of Biblical worship!
Let’s worship THE MAJESTIC ONE today!