12/27/2010

A Highway Shall Be There (Isaiah 34,35)

Isa 34 describe God's final judgment of the world, and his vindication of his people (Isa 35), whose blind eyes will see, and deaf ears hear (Isa 35:5).

God has a Day of Vengeance to All Who Oppose Him (Isa 34)

Looking beyond the Assyrian crisis of Isaiah's time, God summons the whole world to judgment at the climax of history (Isa 34:1). God's judgment will be total destruction (Isa 34:2), based on his rage, anger and wrath (Isa 34:2), his sword and sacrifice (Isa 34:6), and a day of vengeance (Isa 34:8), a day of justice scheduled by God at the end of history. God's judgment, as happened with Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:24-28), is everlasting (Isa 34:9,10). Edom (Isa 34:5-7), the antithesis of God's people, typifies all the nations. Edomite civilization will become a desolate wasteland (Isa 34:11-15,17), fit only for beasts and weeds. God's decree announced by God's word will be carried out in detail by the Spirit. Isa 34:16 says, "Seek and read from the book of the Lord...For the mouth of the Lord has commanded, and his Spirit has gathered them."

To Those Who Trust in God, Everlasting Joy is Coming (Isa 35)
Joy and gladness, expressed God's people, encapsulate Isa 35 (1,10). Even the desert is transformed by the coming of the Lord (Isa 35:1,2). The promise of hope of God's coming inspires strength and courage in God's weak unsteady people (Isa 35:3,4, 40:1; Heb 12:12). This coming salvation includes both spiritual well-being and physical healing and wholeness (Isa 35:5-7), inaugurated in the 1st coming of Christ (Luke 4:16-21; 7:18-23), and fully consummated at his 2nd coming (Rev 21:4; 22:1-5). God will graciously guide the ransomed and the redeemed on a clearly marked highway to Zion, their eternal home (Isa 35:8-10).

Glorious hope: A highway will be there for the ransomed and the redeemed, whose blind eyes see and deaf ears hear.

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