Isaiah 35 offers a hopeful contrast to the previous chapter's judgments. It describes the desert and parched land rejoicing and blossoming with flowers, symbolizing the restoration and transformation that will accompany God’s salvation. The chapter encourages the fearful and weak-hearted, promising that God will come with vengeance and divine retribution to save them. It speaks of the blind seeing, the deaf hearing, the lame leaping like a deer, and the mute singing for joy. A highway called the Way of Holiness will be there, where only the redeemed will walk. This chapter ends with a vision of the redeemed entering Zion with everlasting joy and gladness, with sorrow and sighing fleeing away. This beautiful portrayal of redemption and restoration emphasizes the transformative power of God’s salvation and the ultimate joy that awaits the faithful.

Isaiah 35

1  The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

2  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

3  Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

4  Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

5  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

6  Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.

7  And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

8  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

9  No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:

10  And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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End of Isaiah 35

1 Year Plan:  Sept 22 - Isa 35, Isa 36, 2 Th 2

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