In the 8th century before Christ, King Uzziah ruled Judah for 52 years. It was a time of unusual stability, material prosperity, and national security, marred by a devastating earthquake and— the leprosy that forced a popular leader to give up his throne.
In the year that King Uzziah died, the prophet Isaiah had a vision. He saw the LORD high and lifted up— in such wonder— that Isaiah confessed, “I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.” (Isa 6).
Today we remember Isaiah as the prophet who foresaw (without understanding what he was seeing) a rejected Servant who— almost 3000 years later is leading a people— whose love for him is to be known by our willingness to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s— and to God what is God’s.