(1 Kings 15:7, 19-28, 32-35)
(2 Chronicles 26:22-23; 27: 1-6, 8)
(Isaiah 1:18-31; 2:1-5, 19-22; 3:1-7; 4:2-6; 5:24-30; 6:1-13)
Isaiah in the Temple
From Standard Bible Story Readers
By Lillie A. Faris
Today’s Scripture readings focus on the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who warned against trusting in human efforts for safety and salvation. Instead, this prophetic voice predicted the gracious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, although Isaiah lived approximately 8,000 before the birth of the Messiah.
Several very familiar Bible verses appear in today’s readings, all pointing to the New Testament covenant of eternal salvation and redemption by the grace of a merciful God.
“Stop trusting in man,
who has but a breath in his nostrils.
Of what account is he?”
Surely, no human deeds may qualify any of us for entry into everlasting fellowship with our most holy God. However, the Lord Himself provided the answer:
"’Come now, and let us reason together,’
Says the Lord,
‘Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.’”
What marvelous mercy! What complete cleansing! What a wonderful Savior we serve, who reigns forever and ever.
The prophet Isaiah’s own personal vision of glory reflects a great day yet to come.
“It was in the year King Uzziah died
that I saw the Lord.
He was sitting on a lofty throne,
and the train of His robe
filled the Temple.
Attending Him were mighty seraphim,
each having six wings.
With two wings they covered their faces,
with two they covered their feet,
and with two they flew.
They were calling out to each other,
‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
The whole earth is filled with His glory!’”
Even so, come Lord Jesus. We welcome you with eager hearts.
Will you pray with me?
Holy, holy, holy.
Only You are worthy
Of our praise.
We trust You wholly,
For Your mercy
Will last forever.
To you be all honor