Studying the Book of Isaiah in the Ugandan Seminary

by Terry Lanford on April 6th, 2018

It’s early morning here in Uganda and I am preparing for the next class. For the past two days I have been teaching in the Ugandan Baptist seminary from the book of Isaiah.  These men humble me with their commitment to the Lord and their desire to learn. I thought I would share with you a little excerpt from Isaiah chapter 6. The following insights came from John MacArthur. Time permitting I will post more from our study. I hope this blesses you today.

The king is dead and Isaiah goes to the temple. "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up and His robe filled the temple." Now stop right there. I saw the Lord, he says, I saw the Lord. Incredible statement. Think about the situation. You'll notice the word "Lord" there, whenever you see in the Old Testament "Lord" with an upper case L and lower case letters, it's reflective of the Hebrew word Adonai, when you see it, for example, down in verse 3 where all the letters are upper case, or capital, it is reflective of the word Yahweh.  Yahweh has reference to God's essential nature. Adonai has reference to His sovereignty.

Now with that in mind you'll understand verse 1. "In the year that we lost our human king, I saw the real King." There never can be much panic set in when you know God is still on the throne. It may have looked to Isaiah as if the whole thing was falling apart, but Adonai is a title meaning the sovereign one. The human king was dead but history doesn't depend on human kings but on the absolute monarchy, the supreme Lord Adonai, God Himself. And Isaiah sees Him. And he sees Him sitting upon a throne.

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