Chapter six begins with the words, “In the year of King Uzziah’s death…” It’s interesting how our memories work. Momentous events cement themselves into our consciousness in such a way that we never forget them.
I’m old enough to remember where I was and how I learned of the assassination of President Kennedy. If you’re not as old as I am, maybe you remember where you were when John Lennon was murdered. Or the 9/11 attacks. One thing I do know is that there are most likely a few events in your life that you will always remember where you were when it happened.
Here in chapter six, Isaiah pins what he is about to tell us to a momentous event. The year King Uzziah died.
So what happened in Isaiah’s life that is pinned to this event? He had an incredible vision of the Lord in Heaven. And he tells us quite a lot of details of this vision. It’s a glorious vision, wouldn’t you say?
Something to note here is that when God was preparing Abraham, Moses, Ezekiel and John for great things, He gave them visions of the glories of Heaven. I think that God did this to positively cement in their consciousness the reality of what God was calling them to do. Can you imagine, when God speaks to you and gives you this kind of vision, ever forgetting it? Can you imagine ignoring it? I certainly can’t.
It was nearly 13 years ago that God woke me up in the middle of the desert at 2:30 in the morning to call me to start the Lifespring podcasts. My experience was nothing as glorious as what is recorded here in Isaiah, but I remember it like it was yesterday. To be honest, that experience with God in the desert is what keeps me producing this podcast. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that this is what He called me to do.
Well this vision that Isaiah had was much more than my experience, of course. The plan God had for Isaiah was big. Keep listening as we work our way through the book.