Summary: GOD’s Promise of restoration comes to us in the most unlikely of places, in the most unlikely of circumstances...In The Habitation Of Dragons.
Isa. 35 (entire chapter)
A. This great promise comes to Israel immediately after the promise of destruction to the rebellious, unrepentant nations that arise against GOD and righteousness.
1. And just like GOD promised Israel that He would deliver new life back to them, He still promises new life today, both to the barren, deserted wilderness of a sinner’s heart, as well as to His church in the midst of a barren, deserted world!
II. Vs 1 - 2.
A. “The wilderness and the solitary place...”
1. We all know what a wilderness experience is, but “the solitary place” is literally interpreted as “a place without water”.
a. It’s no secret that this world is dry, barren, a desert place...without the rivers of refreshing that are so desperately needed!
(1) This world is craving something to fill the emptiness in their lives! It is a barren, wasted world that they live in!
B. “...the Glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon...”
1. Notice that what once had held no glory will now be given the Glory of Lebanon.
a. Did you realize that the Cedars of Lebanon are what were used to build both Solomon’s Palace as well as the Temple of Jerusalem?
b. GOD is able to take those whose lives appear to be absolutely worthless, and from that wasteland of wickedness, He’ll build a palace of praise!
III. Verses 3-4
A. “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.”
1. Weak hands - Hands that have lost all their strength, hands that can no longer maintain their grip on truth!
a. With the arid, lifeless condition of this world, it is no great wonder why so many are falling by the wayside! We need to stop judging and condemning, and instead offer a strong arm to support those who may be having trouble holding onto this precious Truth!
2. Feeble knees - Knees that are unable to support; knees that have staggered and stumbled in trying to make the journey.
a. There are some who are unable to make this journey on their own; we are commanded to support those who may be weaker than ourselves, not to condemn them!
(1) Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
(2) Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
3. “...them that are of a fearful heart...” - The Hebrew word here (fearful) means “hasty, ready to flee”.
a. We have to realize that this prophecy was coming to a people who had been conquered by an invading army; they were predisposed to flee from before the onslaught of their enemy!
b. The Word of GOD is telling us today that we cannot run from our enemy; we must stand our ground!
4. “...GOD...will come and save you.”
a. Notice that the prophet does not tell the people, “You’ll be able to stand and overcome.” Instead, he comforts them with the assurance that “GOD will come and save you.”
(1) We must be assured that GOD is on our side! There are times that we are commanded to fight, or to stand; there are other times, however, when GOD sends word that HE is coming to fight for us!