113-135 Isaiah Chapter 35
Zion’s Happy Future
After God’s judgment on the nations, God will bring a beautiful restoration. This restoration is true in the present tense and in the long term tense. In the present Judah was restored after the invasion of Assyria was turned back. In the future sense when Israel has turned the wilderness and the wasteland into productive farmland, which means they turned the desert into the land as a blossoming rose. It will also be the ultimate fulfillment when God restores the ecology after the Great Tribulation and the battle of Armageddon (Isaiah 11:6-9)
All of God’s natural creation is waiting for the transformation that will come when the Messiah reigns and His believers are glorified.
Nature is waiting for the transformation that will come when the Messiah reigns and believers are glorified. “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” (Romans 8:19-22)
The judgment of God would be enough to make any hand of anyone become weak and their knees to become feeble. But with the light of God’s restoration it is not a time for weak hands and feeble knees, it is a time for strength and a time to be going. We use our hands for work and those with weak hands are the ones not working for the Lord. Standing strong begins with being on the knees in prayer.
Even in the day that we are being disciplined by the Lord, it is a time to find strength and courage in the Lord. We know that a loving father disciplines his children and that our reproof comes from the Lord. “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6) It is a time to be strong in the Lord and keep moving on.
As we face the trials of life we need to be of strong hope in the Lord to overcome the fears of our heart. A vain optimism does not help a fearful heart, the heart is helped by the assured confidence that the Lord will come to save.
In our present trials, we need the strong hope of the Lord to overcome our fearful hearts. Our fearful hearts are not helped by a vain, vague optimism; they are helped by the assured confidence that He will come and save.
When God’s salvation is received it brings miraculous power with it. People will experience the miracle of sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, the lame will run, and the ones without speech will speak. When the Lord saves He does so with miraculous power.
As John the Baptist laid in prison be became discouraged. He suffered from doubt and wondered if Jesus truly was the Messiah. When the disciple of John brought the question to Jesus He replied, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. “And blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.” (Matthew 11:4-6)
Salvation from God brings miraculous provision with it. What was once barren is now fruitful. Jesus said that those who trust in Him will have rivers of living water flowing in their lives. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:38-39)
“The word translated parched ground actually means mirage, air reflection, an atmospheric phenomenon frequently seen in Eastern deserts which is caused by the reflection of the hot rays of the sun . . . Now the prophet brings the glad tiding that what used to be a mere semblance and an illusion will one day become a glorious reality.” (Bultema)
In the days of Isaiah, a good road was a blessing to the people, it was good for travel and commerce. When the time of the Messiah’s ministry comes Isaiah says there will be a wonderful Highway of Holiness. “Engineering has done much to Tunnel Mountains, and bridge abysses; but the greatest triumph of engineering is that which made away from sin to holiness, from death to life, from condemnation to perfection. Who could make a road over the mountains of our iniquities but Almighty God? None but the Lord of love would have wished it; none but the God of wisdom could have devised it; none but the God of power could have carried it out.” (Spurgeon)
The Highway of Holiness is not for everyone. There is a price to travel this highway and that is the price of righteousness. To travel on this Highway of Holiness one must be cleansed by the work of the Messiah. Today as we travel on this highway we may not yet be completely righteous but we are able to travel because God sees us in the righteousness of His Son our Savior. We are protected by the guardrail of His wisdom and the maturity we gain by staying on His Highway of Holiness.
When on the Holiness Highway we are protected from the devouring lion. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) To all who remain on the Highway of Holiness, no lion will devour him. The lion cannot prowl on the Highway of Holiness.
The Highway of Holiness leads to the place where God reigns, Zion, and we come there in the joy of singing. God will put a new song in our heart as we travel the Highway of Holiness. “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 40:3) The believer has been ransomed by the Kinsman-Redeemer. (Leviticus 25:25)
We have not reached our destination on the Highway of Holiness now but we can still know some of this now. When we arrive at the destination of the Highway, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)