Background to Isaiah - The Kings of Judah Summary
Richmond, Virginia. This paper submits that Isa. i vi ) stems from Uzziah's days 2) .. direction. It is even more significant for the sequential connection. DIG: If King Uzziah represented stability to Judah, what did his death mean? Why does YHVH choose this time to reveal Himself to Isaiah? Imagine you are. Was there a connection between the death of King Uzziah and Isaiah's vision? Who was King Uzziah? What relationship did he have with Isaiah? How did he.
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.Uzziah
When King Uzziah died Isaiah sought the Lord. When King Uzziah died Isaiah search his heart. 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. Isaiah evidently learned much from the death of King Uzziah.
OurGod is infinitely, indescribably holy in all His ways, acts, and nature. He will in no wise clear the guilty nor receive any man apart from perfect holiness. He will not speak to nor be spoken to by any sinful creature. He is unapproachable except through the Mediator. Our God in mercy and grace has determined to redeem, sanctify, and receive a people out ofevery tribe, kindred, and tongue, but only in the way consistent with His holiness, righteousness, and truth.
He will be both just and justifier; He will be both merciful and righteous; He will be a just God and a Saviour Isa.
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, came to earth made of woman, made under the law to redeem. No man cometh to God but by, in, and through Christ Jesus John The Old Testament priests, appointed and consecrated by God, were pictures and types of Christ, our great High Priest.
They entered the holy place as Christ entered heaven; the incense they burned is the prayers of Christ- the atonement they offered is the blood of Christ; and the fact that only the priest with a suitable sacrifice was accepted reveals that only Christ can effectually bring a sinner to God!
High and Lifted Up | Isaiah the Prophet | King Uzziah | Earthly Sanctuary
When King Uzziah proceeded to usurp the authority of the priest and burn incense to God in the holy place, he was ignoring the Lord Jesus Christ and coming to God in his own person and works. While standing there, in wrathful rebellion, he was suddenly smitten with a divine judgment. Leprosy appeared on his forehead. In dismay he fled, never again to enter the temple courts. Unto the day of his death, some years later, Uzziah remained a leper--a living example of the folly of departing from a plain "Thus saith the Lord.
So Uzziah started off as a good king, but when he became strong his heart was lifted up to his destruction. He was struck with a divine judgment leprosy when he refused the counsel of 80 priests who tried to reason with him about his rebellious course of burning incense. He was confined to a house, until the day of his death, and his son Jotham took his place in judging the people of the land See Prophets and Kings Isaiah the Prophet The reign of Uzziah was drawing to a close, and Jotham was already bearing many of the burdens of state, when Isaiah, of the royal line, was called, while yet a young man, to the prophetic mission.
The times in which Isaiah was to labor were fraught with peculiar peril to the people of God. The prophet was to witness the invasion of Judah by the combined armies of northern Israel and of Syria; he was to behold the Assyrian hosts encamped before the chief cities of the kingdom. During his lifetime, Samaria was to fall, and the ten tribes of Israel were to be scattered among the nations.
Judah was again and again to be invaded by the Assyrian armies, and Jerusalem was to suffer a siege that would have resulted in her downfall had not God miraculously interposed. Already grave perils were threatening the peace of the southern kingdom.
The divine protection was being removed, and the Assyrian forces were about to overspread the land of Judah. But the dangers from without, overwhelming though they seemed, were not so serious as the dangers from within. It was the perversity of his people that brought to the Lord's servant the greatest perplexity and the deepest depression.
When King Uzziah Died
By their apostasy and rebellion those who should have been standing as light bearers among the nations were inviting the judgments of God. Many of the evils which were hastening the swift destruction of the northern kingdom, and which had recently been denounced in unmistakable terms by Hosea and Amos, were fast corrupting the kingdom of Judah.
The outlook was particularly discouraging as regards the social conditions of the people. In their desire for gain, men were adding house to house and field to field. Justice was perverted, and no pity was shown the poor. Of these evils God declared, "The spoil of the poor is in your houses. Even the magistrates, whose duty it was to protect the helpless, turned a deaf ear to the cries of the poor and needy, the widows and the fatherless.
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With oppression and wealth came pride and love of display, gross drunkenness, and a spirit of revelry. And in Isaiah's day idolatry itself no longer provoked surprise. Iniquitous practices had become so prevalent among all classes that the few who remained true to God were often tempted to lose heart and to give way to discouragement and despair. It seemed as if God's purpose for Israel were about to fail and that the rebellious nation was to suffer a fate similar to that of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In the face of such conditions it is not surprising that when, during the last year of Uzziah's reign, Isaiah was called to bear to Judah God's messages of warning and reproof, he shrank from the responsibility.
He well knew that he would encounter obstinate resistance. As he realized his own inability to meet the situation and thought of the stubbornness and unbelief of the people for whom he was to labor, his task seemed hopeless Prophets and Kings, During Isaiah's life as a prophet, God's people faced 5 peculiar problems: The invasion of Judah by the combined armies of Northern Israel and Syria. The Assyrian forces encamping themselves before the chief cities of the kingdom. The fall of Samaria.
The ten Tribes of Israel scattering among the nations. The repeated invasion of Judah by Assyria. God removed His divine protection because materialistic prosperity corrupted the people Isaiah 5: Idoloatry was no longer a shock to them Isaiah 2: They were being desensitized to the reality of their deplorable condition before God.
It was on the backdrop of these events that Isaiah was called to the prophetic office. And it is no wonder that he shrank from the responsibility of his time. Have we shrank from our responsibility as a people to share with the billions on planet Earth the solemnity of our times?
Perhaps we need to take a walk with Isaiah to see how he was called, and through his calling we can see a picture of how God is also calling you and me.
Even though all of these problems were taking place in the political world, and even greater problems were taking place among the people of God, the vision given to Isaiah was a direct message to him. The message still speaks to us in a similar manner today.
God is still seated on the throne.