Read 175.) II Kings 15:8 thru 28, II Chronicles 26:16 thru 27:6, then II Kings 15:5-7; and finally, Isaiah 5:24 thru 6:13. In the first brief II Kings passage, we read, in very rapid succession, of 5 kings in Israel to the north, in a matter of just some 11 years! It’s clear why… 3 of them were assassinated! Then, from the II Chronicles, and the other II Kings passage, we learn of King Uzziah’s end in Judah. As a result of becoming lifted up with pride, it seems he fancied himself to want to become High Priest, as well. The Lord struck him with leprosy, and he became unclean. The time frame for all this spans from approximately 752 BC with II Kings 15:8, and ends with Uzziah’s death, in II Kings 15:6 and 7, and II Chronicles 26:23, at 739 BC. Now, we turn to Isaiah….
Reading Isaiah 5:24 thru 6:13, while Azariah (Uzziah) is king in Judah, and Israel is running through a rapid succession of kings while in extreme political turmoil, we pick up where we left off, last time, when Isaiah pronounced 6 woes upon Judah. This is why we pick up with, “Therefore…,” with 5:24. As a result of Judah’s sin, which was just about as bad as Israel’s, God pronounces His judgment to come upon Judah. Verses 26 thru 30, Having the expression, “In that day,” in verse 30, reads rather likely to refer to the time of the end of the Tribulation, when all the nations of the earth come against Judah, as we also find in Revelation 19:11-21. I say it is rather likely, because of who all God is using to inflict His judgment upon Judah… distant nations from the ends of the earth.
Chapter 6 is like no other, and is very famous in its own right. It is the account of Isaiah’s vision. The time is 739 BC, the year Uzziah died. Isaiah has a most magnificent vision. It is God, seated on His Throne! And, He is being highly glorified by angels flying over Him! With verse 5, do we have a 7th woe? Isaiah thundered 6 woes in chapter 5 against Judah, but here, is a 7th woe! So that he is not lifted up with pride, Isaiah is, likewise, convicted of his own sin. It would seem that he was a man of “unclean lips”. Perhaps he swore, or cursed, or even blasphemed. But, unlike Judah, this is not his end, for with verses 6 and 7, Isaiah is graciously cleansed and forgiven. It is in preparation for great service, as verse 8 is an invitation, a calling, which Isaiah applies for. God accepts his offer, and sends him, beginning with verse 9. But, it is going to be a most fruitless ministry for, what, the next 58 years?!?!? He will preach and prophesy, and Judah and Israel are NOT going to listen!!! Verse 12, again tells us, they will be sent away into exile, in fulfilment of the 5th Prophecy about their history. Now, see John 12:37 thru 41. John is speaking of this very chapter in Isaiah. John is saying that Isaiah saw Jesus’ glory! Jesus is not God? Au contraire, mon ami! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell