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Pastor Kevin W. Burden
Carter Creek Baptist Church
For Sunday AM, August 10, 2008
Isaiah 35:7-10 “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.”
Isaiah is serving the Lord in a very difficult time.
• The people of Israel have turned their backs on the Lord.
• They are facing chastisement because of their sins.
• The nation is under attack by the brutal Assyrian army.
• The people are terrified and obviously concerned about their future.
• In the midst of these difficult circumstances, Isaiah stands before them as a prophet of hope and comfort.
He writes to tell the people that a better day is coming.
• He seeks to comfort them by speaking about their coming King.
• This chapter is part of that prophecy of hope and comfort.
Isaiah is looking ahead to the Millennial Kingdom of the Messiah.
• Isaiah sees a time of peace, joy and prosperity.
• A brief look at the first seven verses of this chapter provides some insight into why it will be such a blessed time for Israel.
V 1 – “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”
• When Israel returned to their land in 1948, it was a barren waste land.
• Today Israel is a green oasis of prosperity and abundant agriculture.
V 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.”
• These were the most beautiful places in Israel; their beauty will return.
V 3-4 – “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...”
• The Israelites are comforted with the promise of this coming kingdom and deliverance them from their tormentors.
V 5-6a – “..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:…“
• Physical infirmities and deformities will be healed; they will praise the Lord for His blessings and grace.
V 6b-7 – “…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.”
• The deserts and dry places will be transformed into lush pools of water.
• The phrase “parched ground” can be translated “mirage.”
V 8-10 – “An highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of
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