Isaiah 6:1-4 “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”
Text Psalm 119:18 “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”
Any time man is given the opportunity to gaze upon his Maker, it is a privilege! Within our text, we are enlightened to one such privilege in the life of the prophet Isaiah. The significance of privilege is enhanced by means of contrast as seen in the phrase, “I saw also.” During that glorious event, Isaiah envisioned the contrast of monarchs; “king Uzziah” and “the Lord.” One derived his power from his subjects the other from Him Self! One was a creature fashioned by a creator; the other was the Creator that fashioned the creature. One possessed the nature of a human; the other possessed the nature of the Heavenly. While both demanded his allegiance, only one deserved his adoration.
During that glorious event, Isaiah envisioned the contrast of ministrations; “upon a throne.” We notice their ministration with respect to tenure. One was temporal, while the other was triumphant; one could not retain his throne and the other could not be removed from His. One was the victim of death; the other was Victor over death. One’s reign ended while the other’s reign was endless. We notice their ministration with respect to territory. One was seated on an earthly throne; the other was seated on an elevated throne.
During that glorious event, Isaiah envisioned the contrast of majesty; “his train filled the temple.” When it comes to majesty, one was superseded by majesty’s sphere, one was secular and the other was spiritual. He was superseded by majesty’s shout, while one may have received the applause of humble servants, the other received the adoration of the heavenly seraphims as they cried, “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.” He was superseded by majesty’s splendor; while one’s post encouraged the respect of men; the other’s preeminence encouraged the reverence of ministering spirits; “each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.”
While Isaiah may have been disturbed by a vacancy of one throne, he was delighted by a vision of another throne. On that throne was an eternal monarch with an everlasting ministration, with exquisite splendor! Isaiah had experienced the vision’s privilege, he had gazed upon the “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”