Summary: The death of King Uzziah caused Isaiah to see the Lord
When King Uzziah Died
I had been praying to the Lord for more than a week as I prepared my sermon for this worship service. The Lord had impressed in my heart to preach on this passage. During the week I gathered materials from different sources, I even referred to my old sermon outlines. Finally, on Thursday morning ( a day before our worship service which is scheduled on Friday in compliance with the Islamic day off which falls on Friday) I made up my mind to change the text and the topic. I was so tense and puzzled what to do. I kept on praying to God for His divine intervention and I took a break and was praying to God while taking a bath. The Lord put His thought in my mind and gave the topic and the three point outline which I will be preaching this morning. The topic is " When King Uzziah Died" and the points that the Lord gave me were 1. When King Uzziah died Isaiah sought the Lord. 11. When King Uzziah died Isaiah search his heart. 111. When King Uzziah died Isaiah surrendered his life .
Who this King Uzziah was?
King Uzziah was a good king. Not only a good king but a successful king, a king who did what was right in the eyes of God. He served the tribe of Judah for 52 long years. During his time Judah became prosperous. Apparently, Isaiah looked up to him with awe and respect. He had his subjects eye on him because of his great accomplishments. On his accomplishments, he became conceited and proud. He over emphasized his power. He thought that he could do everything he wanted to do. He assumed that he could be a king and a priest at the same time by burning incense in the temple, which was the job of the priest and not the job of the king. Eze46:2 . God was displeased of what he did and, because king Uzziah defiled the temple of God, God struck him with leprosy and later on he died.
A lesson that we can learn from king Uzziah is that when we reach the apex of our success we must remain humble to the praise and honor of our God , for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Uzziah was adored by Isaiah, it was not until Uzziah died that he saw the Lord.
Why? It was because Isaiah at one point in his life depended on king Uzziah. He had a lot of respect on him, rather than the Lord.
But…….When Uzziah died " He saw the Lord."
Sometimes in order for us to get a proper view of who God is , somebody or something in our lives has to die.
Usually, it is something or someone that we hold on so dearly that keep us from seeing God for who He really is.
Illustration: I am sorry I failed to ask Pastor Jack’s permission to use his life story as an illustration of the one who met God when his first wife died. Anyway he kept testifying about this so I presumed that it is okay with him to use his life experience. According to him he met the Lord when his wife died.
•Now- When king Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord.
•The question we have to ponder is: What is your King Uzziah ?
a. Is it your boyfriend or girlfriend?
b. Is it your job, car , house , family your job, drugs, liquor, Tv show or whatever.
c. Or is it your health?
Illustration: I had the privilege to minister with the girl who had undergone surgery after surgery. Due to the series surgery she became weak, but praise God when her health failed she saw the Lord. Now she became an active member of our church here in United Arab Emirates.
•Isaiah said, " In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord". Why did he see the Lord? He saw the Lord because …
1. He sought the Lord. Verse 1
A. In the temple
You might probably ask me , where in the text that says , he sought the Lord?
I venture to say that the reason that he went to the temple because he wanted to
see the Lord. The best place to seek the Lord is in His holy temple. Please, do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that you might not be able to meet the Lord in other place aside from the temple. I want to remind you that Paul met the Lord on the road to Damascus. Other met the Lord while they were in the hospital, in ship, in the beach or anywhere. There is no place in this world where you can not meet God, Matt.7:7-8. The best place that we can meet Him is in the temple ( church). Some people could not find Him because they sought Him in questionable places during the time of sorrow, such as : disco houses, beer houses, prostitution house and etc. There is no remembrance of the Lord in these places. Isaiah, went to the temple during the time of sorrow. The time of the death of the beloved King Uzziah.V1. In the year that King Uzziah died.