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His Robe Filled The Temple

Isaiah 6:1 (ESV) – In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

We only see glimpses in this life of the fullness of God’s glory. We see it in creation. The mountains, oceans, birds, stars, and babies display the glory and greatness of God. There are many moments in life where the glory of God comes into focus for us, but even the best glimpses fall short of the reality. His glory is beyond our comprehension.

But our passage today gives us a picture of Isaiah’s encounter with the glory of God. He sees a picture of God in His glory. We read, “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”

Isaiah sees a vision of the Lord sitting upon a throne. Most scholars argue that this vision of the manifestation of the Lord sitting on a throne implies it is Jesus he sees. The reason for this argument is that only the Second Person of the Trinity ever manifests in human form. This is a pre-incarnate vision of Jesus. He is sitting on a throne, the place of kings. He is high and lifted up. The imagery is that of supremacy and grandeur. 

Then we read that the train of the Lord’s robe filled the temple. Robes are worn by kings and queens. The length of their robe is a reflection and symbol of their greatness and glory. Queen Elizabeth II’s robe was so long at her coronation that it required many people to walk behind her carrying it. The image is greatness. Isaiah sees the Lord and the train of His robe is so long that it fills the temple. Imagine this picture. The length is such that the robe must be stuffed into the temple until it fills it. This is greatness and glory.

We only see in part now. The glory of God is beyond our greatest contemplation. But our passage today reminds us that the Lord’s beauty, majesty, and greatness are infinite. One day we will see in person what Isaiah saw.

We should bow our hearts now, knowing God is greater than our greatest thoughts. We should live today for the One high and lifted up above all things.

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Reflection & Journal: 
- Why is this vision significant for us to learn about?
- What is Isaiah’s response to seeing this vision of the Lord?
- How should the greatness and glory of Christ shape how we live each day?

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