Saturday, May 17, 2014

Isaiah's Vision

By Mary Vee
II Kings, 15, II Chronicles 27, Isaiah 6

From the Journals of the prophet Isaiah

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King Uzziah had died and his son Jotham was crowned king of Judah.

It seemed Jotham had learned from his father's wrong doing (offering incense in the temple), because he was careful not to do the same. I was glad for that.

Jotham worked to rebuilt the Upper Gates of the temple of the Lord and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel. He built towns in the Judean hills and forts and towers in the wooded areas. 

Jotham attacked the king of Ammonites and conquered them. That year the Ammonites paid him a hundred talents of silver, ten thousand core of wheat and ten thousand core of barley. The Ammonites brought him the same amount also in the second and third years. 

Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God.

Unfortunately, the people of Judah continued their corrupt practices.

The year that Jotham's father, king Uzziah, died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted. The train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And they called to each other, saying,

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty
the whole earth is full of his glory."

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 

"Woe is me!" I cried. "I am ruined."

Then one of the seraphs flew to me. "See this has touched your lips. Your guilt is taken away and your sins are paid for."

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send to tell the people my message?" And who will go for us?"

And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

The Lord said, "Tell them my message. They will not listen, though."

"How long will they not listen, Lord?"

"Until the cities are ruined and no one lives there, until the houses are left empty and the fields are ruined, until all the people have been sent far away and the land is totally left alone. And though a tenth of the people will remain in the land, it will not be enough to take care of it.  Still, the few who remain will be a seed to kindle my people."

1. Who is the new king of Judah?
2. Is he a good king? (One that obeys God)
3. Are the people worshipping God?
4. What does Isaiah see in his vision?
5. What does God ask for?
6. Who will do the job?

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