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Daily Reading: 8th April 2015

 

John 12.41

41 Isaiah said these things because he saw His (the glory of Jesus) glory and spoke about Him.

When driving along the road when it is dark does have the advantage that drivers can see the beam of the lights of approaching vehicles. We may not be able to see the vehicle itself, because of bends in the road or other obstacles, but we can see the beam of the lights that shine from approaching vehicles.

God gave Isaiah the ability to see what was ahead and in these verses he prophecies what he saw. It was the unbelief of the people, and John states that he had said this because he had seen the glory of Jesus.

It will be helpful for us to know what he meant by this.

John must have been referring to the encounter that Isaiah had with God, which we read about in Isaiah 6.1-4:

[1] In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple.

[2] Hovering around Him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the remaining two they flew.

[3] In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty! The whole earth is filled with His glory!”

[4] The glorious singing shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire sanctuary was filled with smoke – ( NLT).

There are other recorded occurrences of men seeing God. Therefore, most of today’s notes will focus on some of the occasions when people saw the glory of the Lord.

The first was Moses:

I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! he sees the LORD as He is. So why were you not afraid to criticize My servant Moses? – Number 12.8 (NLT).

The second was Ezekiel:

[26] Above the surface over their heads was what looked like a throne made of blue sapphire. And high above this throne was a figure whose appearance was like that of a man.

[27] From His waist up, He looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from His waist down, He looked like a burning flame, shining with splendour.

[28] All around Him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining through the clouds. This was the way the glory of the LORD appeared to me. When I saw it, I fell face down in the dust, and I heard Someone’s voice speaking to me – Ezekiel 1.26-28 (NLT).

To be continued tomorrow.

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