While I love the Bible, the names of the Old Testament often frustrate me. Sometimes they frustrate me because I can’t pronounce them, and sometime they frustrate me because I get them all mixed up. The Old Testament covers a huge span of time and many, many people.
I recently stared a new study of the book of Isaiah through Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). Yesterday while doing my reading Isaiah 6:1-6
1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 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 were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
Isaiah 6:1-6 (NIV)
As I read these familiar words (I have for many years loved the Book of Isaiah, just ask my son, Isaiah) The words that I have often overlooked jumped off the page at me. These openings words of Isaiah 6 I had memorized many years ago, I have always been struck by this powerful call of Isaiah. The words that struck me this time were the simple words “King Uzziah died”. I have often looked at this words as a historical marker in time. A way for us to add a little historical context to the book. But I was struck by the contrast of the simple announcement of the death of King Uzziah and Isaiah’s presence before the King Eternal. The old testament and all of history since then is littered with the graves of dead kings and rulers. But Isaiah stand before the king who has always been and will always be. These verses remind me also of my place before my King, and my call not to get lost in the history of the day or frustrated by current political trends or coming elections, but to keep my focus on that which Isaiah could not help but focus. The Eternal King who rules and reigns in this world and in my life.
Thank you God for those simple little hidden ponders buried in your Word. My prayer for you is that you too would search out these little 3 word treasures. Just for the record, they are everywhere in the Bible.
Just a simple man who enjoy spending time with a good GodPonder!