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Book of Isaiah

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Isaiah 35

King James Version
Joy of the Redeemed
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.1

Bible Commentary
1 The wilderness and solitary place refers to the land of Palestine, which was despised like a wilderness and brought to desolation by the rage of their enemies. It shall again flourish exceedingly.2 The imminent siege of Jerusalem, the subject of the greater part of the proceeding five chapters, is seen here in its proper perspective. It will not be the end of the nation. They will survive and go on to greater glory.3
2 The wilderness shall be as pleasant and fruitful as Lebanon, Carmel and Sharon. The glory of Lebanon referred to its mountains and huge cedars.3 The excellency of Carmel was its mountainous beauty, while the Plain of Sharon was famed for its fertility.4 Judea became prosperous in the days of Hezekiah, but the kingdom of Christ is the great subject intended. Converting grace makes the soul that was a wilderness, to rejoice with joy and singing, and to blossom abundantly.5
3 The Judeans now despondent are to be encouraged by the assurance of the blessings promised.6 This is the design of the gospel. Fear is weakening; the more we strive against it, the stronger we are, both for doing and suffering; and he that says to us, Be strong, has laid help for us upon One who is mighty.5
4 There is a message of courage and hope for God's people. Your God - Tho' he seems to be departed, will shortly come to execute vengeance upon your enemies and prepare the way for your deliverance.2  Assurance is given of the approach of Messiah, to take vengeance on the powers of darkness, to recompense with abundant comforts those that mourn in Zion; He will come and save. He will come again at the end of time, to punish those who have troubled his people; and to give those who were troubled such rest as will be a full reward for all their troubles.5
The promise that the blind shall see and the deaf hear had both literal and figurative fulfilment. Figuratively it was descriptive of the joy felt at the deliverance from Assyria and Babylon. Literally this promise would be fulfilled at the coming of Jesus and His miracles.6  When Christ shall come then great wonders shall be wrought on men's souls. By the word and Spirit of Christ, the spiritually blind were enlightened; and those deaf to the calls of God were made to hear them readily.5
Those unable to do any thing good, by Divine grace were made active therein. Those that knew not how to speak of God or to God, had their lips opened to show forth his praise. When the Holy Ghost came upon the Gentiles that heard the word, then were the fountains of life opened.5
7 The most dry and barren places shall be made moist and fruitful; which is principally meant of the plentiful effusion of God's grace upon such persons and nations, as had been wholly destitute of it. Those dry and parched deserts, in which dragons have their abode, shall yield abundance of grass, and reeds, and rushes, which grow only in moist ground.2
8 An highway and a way are not to be taken for two different ways, but for one and the same way.2 The way of religion and godliness shall be laid open. The way of holiness is the way of God's commandment; it is the good old way. And the way to heaven is a plain way. Even those knowing but little, and the unlearned, can find the road.5
9 In ancient times lions were a serious menace to those who journeyed through wild and desolate regions. But God assured a safe journey to those who would travel to Jerusalem along His holy way.4 Christ, the way to God, shall be clearly made known; and the way of a believer's duty shall be plainly marked out. Let us then go forward cheerfully, assured that the end of this way shall be everlasting joy, and rest for the soul.5
10 The ransomed of the Lord returning to Zion literally applies to the return from Babylon.6 The journey to Zion is a happy one. Pilgrims on their way to attend the feasts at Jerusalem went with hearts full of joy and thanksgiving to God. They sang psalms of praise as they looked forward to the happy hours they would spend in the sacred city, in fellowship with one another and in communion with God. This is to be the experience of the ransomed of all nations who by faith are made citizens of the gospel Zion.4 They rejoice in Christ Jesus; and their sorrows and sighs are made to flee away by Divine consolations.5


References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2.  John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible -
Isaiah 34 - 35 No disappointment for Those Who Trust in Zion -
4.  SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 4 pgs. 232-233
5.  The Concise Matthew Henry Commentary on the Bible -
6.  Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (1871).  Commentary by A. R. FAUSSETT -
7.  Christian Resource Centre (Bermuda) - Horn, Siegfried - -





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Isaiah 35
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Isaiah's Prophetic Ministry
Spiritual Revival under Hezekiah



Author of Isaiah

The prophet Isaiah was the author of the book called by his name.


Isaiah's Prophetic Ministry

Isaiah gives as the period of his prophetic ministry the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (ch 1:1). He began his work during the closing years of King Uzziah (Azariah) between 750 and 739 b.c., and was still active during Sennacherib's 2nd invasion toward the close of Hezekiah's reign, possibly about 690 b.c. or even later. According to an ancient Jewish tradition quoted in the Babylonian Talmud, Isaiah was slain by Manasseh, doubtless soon after Manasseh began his sole reign, approximately in 686 b.c. It is thus evident that Isaiah's ministry spanned somewhat more than half a century.7


Historical background

The period of Isaiah's prophetic ministry witnessed the peak of Assyria, under Tiglath-pileser III (745-727), Shalmaneser V (727-722), Sargon II (722-705), Sennacherib (705-681), and Esarhaddon (681-669), its most powerful rulers. From 743 onward Assyrian armies repeatedly invaded Palestine and progressively absorbed the northern kingdom into their expanding empire. Shalmaneser V besieged Samaria for 3 years, and it fell in 723/22 b.c., thus bringing the northern kingdom to its end. In 701 Sennacherib embarked on a major campaign that brought Assyria practically all of Mediterranean Asia, including all of Judah except Jerusalem. A few years later another Assyrian army was destroyed by the angel of the Lord at the gates of Jerusalem (Is 37:36, 37).7


Israel and Judah in Isaiah's day

The period of Isaiah's prophetic ministry was a time of turmoil and uncertainty, during which the 10 tribes went into permanent captivity, and when, to all appearances, it was only a matter of time until the same fate would overtake Jerusalem itself. Judah had been blessed from time to time with devout leaders who checked the tide of evil and
carried out reforms, with varying success. Uzziah and Jotham were, for the most part, themselves loyal to God, but proved to be only half-hearted in encouraging the people to follow their example. King Ahaz was an apostate and desecrated the Temple.7



Spiritual revival under Hezekiah

With the encouragement of Isaiah and others, Hezekiah instituted a series of thoroughgoing reforms that brought about a great spiritual revival. The northern kingdom had filled its cup of iniquity, and its apostasy was complete and without remedy, but the contemporary prophet Hosea declared, "Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful" (Hos 11:12). Isaiah's mission as a prophet was to call the people of Judah back to the true God and to encourage them to trust Him in spite of the evil fate that appeared about to overtake them.7


Isaiah Song Category

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