Isaiah was known as the most amazing prophet and evangelist in the Old Testament, but the bible also identified him as a historian. At the end of the reign of Uzziah, a once mighty and holy king–Uzziah went into the Holy of Holies to burn incense. The priests begged him not to do such an evil and prideful act, but he was adamant. When he touched the incense, he was immediately struck with leprosy and lived out the rest of his days alone and outside the palace. Meanwhile, his son began to reign.
In this chapter, as a close to Uzziah’s story, it states that Isaiah was the historian to chronicle all the acts of Uzziah from 1st to last. Then, as we begin the actual story of Isaiah’s call to be God’s prophet, it proclaims Isaiah’s vision to come just after the death of Uzziah. God not only gave Isaiah the vision of what was to become of Israel and the coming Messiah, he also gave Isaiah the picture of what a godly king looked like and how easily such a king could go astray. Finally, the Lord gave His prophet a historical view of Judah to prepare him for the messages he would bring about God’s people and the coming Messiah.
God prepares His folks for their missions. Every journey, while different, has the quality of making us ready to face the trials and duties we are called to fulfill. Isaiah had a big job; he was to give Israel the message of what was to come. He was uniquely qualified to do that. As we look at our lives, we must also look at the gifts and experiences God has allowed us to face and make sure we leverage our unique preparation to be all that God has called us to be. It is never easy, and always God honoring when we follow the path that God has laid out. We must be confident that as we trust and follow God, He will lead us in a way to use all He has given us to complete His plan.
God Bless You
Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote. 23 And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place.
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
the whole earth is full of his glory!