Uzziah reigned in Judah for fifty-two years. His reign brought stability to the kingdom while his death brought uncertainty. Behind the scenes, however, Isaiah saw the stability of another throne with another king. God opens his eyes to behold the invisible reality of a Sovereign Ruler. Isaiah sees three things:
- The Lord seated on the throne - this king would taste death but would rise again
- The Lord high and exalted - man's worship of idols doesn't touch heaven nor displace God
- The train of the Lord's robe filling the temple - earthly tabernacles cannot contain Him; even the heavens themselves cannot contain His glorious greatness
Hidden behind the scenes of the natural realm where death occurs and circumstances change exists an enthroned King. Peace envelops the heart that sees, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ as the Sovereign Ruler. A heavenly view of eternal things alters my earthly perspective. Things are NEVER as they appear.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
2 Kings 15:17-20; 2 Kings 15:6-7; 2 Kings 15:21-29
- Describe Menahem's reign.
- Look at the timeline at the beginning of your Bible. How many years does Israel have remaining as a nation after Uzziah's (Azariah) death?
- What is the standard of measurement used to describe each king's reign in Israel? In Judah?
- How does Isaiah's vision affect his view of himself?
- What was the secret of Jotham's power?
- What specifically provoked the Lord's anger about Pekah's treatment of Judah?
Ask the Lord to let you get His perspective on your problems.