Summary: Have You Seen The King?
Isaiah 6:1-8 Have You Seen The King?
I. A Powerful Confrontation
A. He Saw The Position Of A Sovereign God v.1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
(a) The Timing Of The Vision v.1 In the year that king Uzziah died Because he honored God, his was a reign of plenty. His was also a reign of prosperity. His was also a reign of protection. King Uzziah won every war he fought because the good hand of God was upon him. (b) The Testing Of The Vision But Uzziah died. You see, there are two kings that are seen in v.1. One is a dead king, one is a divine king. One is a mortal king, one is an immortal king. One is a human king, one is a heavenly king. One king had died.One king lives forever. Lamentations 5:19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. (c) The Teaching Of The Vision I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne
God is on the throne, and He is in complete control. B. He Heard The Praise Of A Sinless God 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. The chief attribute of God is not power. The seraphim were not crying out "Omnipotent, omnipotent, omnipotent is the Lord of hosts." The chief attribute of God is not perception. They were not crying out, "Omniscient, omniscient, omniscient is the Lord of hosts." The chief attribute of God is not presence. They were not crying out, "Omnipresent, omnipresent, omnipresent is the Lord of hosts. The chief attribute of God is purity. That is why they were crying out, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts." Holiness is not something that God has. It is not something that God does. It is something that God is. His holiness is a unique holiness. I Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
Psalm 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
In Hebrew poetry repetition is a form of emphasis. To mention something three times in succession was to attach to it the greatest importance. Only once is a character trait of God mentioned three times in succession. The Bible does not say that God is love, love, love, or, mercy, mercy, mercy, or justice, justice, justice. But it does say that He is holy, holy, holy.
C. He Learned The Purpose Of A Supreme God The whole earth is full of his glory.
The Westminster confession says, "Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever." I Cor. 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. The Bible says whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you wear, wherever you go, whatever you do, whatever you see, whatever you hear, do it for the glory of God.
II. A Painful Conviction 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Now up to this time Isaiah had put in overtime pointing the finger at other people, condemning the sins of other people. Isaiah had already seen other people's faults.
Go back to chapter 5 and notice how he condemns the people with a woe:
(v.8) Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
(v.11) Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
(v.18) Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
(v.20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
It is not father, it is not my mother, it is not brother, it is not my sister, it is me,
When Isaiah saw God in his holiness he saw himself in his hellishness.
(Job 42:5-6) I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.