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Read Isaiah 6:1-13
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne,” – Isaiah 6:1
Our God sits on a throne. This throne is not an ordinary place where just any old king can worthily sit. This throne holds more beauty, majesty and worth than every molecule in the universe combined – an infinite amount of times over. He who sits on this throne is worthy of all the worship in the entire universe. His power, person and perfection is shown as The One, who is to be awed and feared.
This passage in Isaiah is often preached and read, I think, without much thought. This week – I want to break this passage down and be immersed within its beauty. What Isaiah was witnessing was The King! His people had been taken captive by a king on earth. King Nebuchadnezzar had invaded Jerusalem and destroyed the city. He had taken back many of the Jewish people as slaves. It was not in Nebuchadnezzar’s power to do so. The Lord granted this to him. Israel had been warned repeatedly by prophets and men of God to destroy their idols. They did not listen. Generation after generation continued to sink further into the depths of idolatry.
Idolatry is simply man’s attempt to place someone or something other than God on the Throne. What is it that brings you the biggest pleasure today? Is it the pursuit of wealth? Is it seeing your team win a national championship? Is it being noticed? Is it having your political party win an election? God has created many of these things for our enjoyment. Some of these things may not be sinful, but they can turn into sin for us. The problem is that instead of the creation pointing us to the Creator, as intended, we have made the creation THE creator of our every longing.
Isaiah was witnessing the God who is in authority. God was violated and mocked by Israel’s sin. This was a reminder to Isaiah and to Israel that there is only one Who is worthy to sit and judge on the throne of the universe. Israel had fallen to the people of the land and worshipped their gods. They mocked The Lord by violating His law. They forgot His commandments. They were His people, but yet they went astray as sheep foolishly do. On this 2nd day, of this 40 Day period, I want you to ask yourself the question that faced Isaiah. “Who sits on the throne?” What have you decided to place in authority instead of The Lord? For many people it will be some kind of material or physical possession. For others, it will take the Holy Spirit to awaken their hearts to show them their idolatry.
I stare at my idol in the mirror every morning. Because of my fallen nature I worship me. I have placed myself on the throne of my heart that rightfully belongs to The Lord. How about you? Who or what sits on your throne? Don’t be so quick to answer “The Lord”. The answer to that question rests in the fruit of your life. Your actions stem from what you truly believe in your heart. The only way to acknowledge, worship, and see God for who He truly is…is through the gospel. This is why it’s all of grace to believe. God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. The Light of His Glory shines bright from His Throne!