“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 35, “Joy Of The Redeemed,” cont’d

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“My Soul Loves Jesus,” Trey McLaughlin and SOZ

“Joy Of The Redeemed,” cont’d, Isaiah 35:5) 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.  John 7:38.  7) And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water:  in the habitation of dragons (jackals), 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.  Revelation 21:27.   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.  Leviticus 26:6.  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.  Ephesians 1:7; John 16:22.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, 6, eyes … ears … lame … tongue:  This Prophecy Of Healing’s Was Fulfilled In Jesus.  v7, The habitation of jackals Speaks Of The Coming Reversal Of The Devastation That God Had Brought On The Land.  v8, 9, ravenous beast:  Ferocious animals could make traveling dangerous in the ancient world.  v10, The Ransomed:  The Lord Would Come To Ransom Them From Their Tragic Predicaments.

Quest Study Bible – v5-10, “Did This Foretell Jesus?”  Yes, This is another Reference To The Kingdom Of The Messiah, Ushered In By Jesus Christ.  Just as the land will be changed (v. 1), The People Themselves Will Undergo A Glorious Transformation.  v8, “What kind of Highway is this?”  Most roads common to Isaiah’s day were mere trails that left travelers vulnerable to dangers along the way.  But Isaiah describes a highway that is completely safe and available Only To God’s Redeemed People.  It Leads To Jerusalem, God’s Holy City And Symbolizes The Return Of His People To The Place Where He Reigns.  v10, “From where would those who were Ransomed return?”  Although Isaiah doesn’t say, he might be referring to The Return To Jerusalem of those who were in captivity.  Words like Everlasting Joy suggests That Some Future Redemptive Work Of God Is Also In mind—Where People Return To Him From Their Sin.  Zion Represents All The Blessings God Has In Store For His Redeemed People.  Since we live on This Side Of The Cross, We Can See That This Redemption Is Fully Possible Only Through Jesus Christ.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-10, When Christ Shall Come To Set Up His Kingdom In The World, Then Wonders, 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.  Those unable to do anything 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 Praise.  When The Holy Ghost Came Upon The Gentiles That Heard The Word, Then Were The Fountains Of Life Opened.  Most of the earth is still a desert; Neither Means Of Grace, Spiritual Worshipers, Nor Fruits Of Holiness, are to be found in it.  But 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.  Those knowing but little, and unlearned, Shall Be Kept From Missing The Road.  It Shall Be A Safe Way; Nothing Can Do Them Any Real Hurt.  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.  Those who by Faith Are Made Citizens Of The Gospel Zion, Rejoice In Christ Jesus; and their sorrows and sighs are made to flee away By Divine Consolations.  Thus These Prophecies Conclude.  Our Joyful Hopes And Prospects Of Eternal Life Should Swallow Up All The Sorrows And All The Joys Of This Present Time.  But of what avail is it to admire The Excellence Of God’s Word, unless we can call Its Precious Promises Our Own?  Do We Love God?  Not only as Our Creator, But Because He Gave His Only Son To Die For Us?  And Are We Walking In The Ways Of Holiness?  Let us try ourselves, by such plain questions, rather than spend time on things that may be curious and amusing, but are unprofitable.  

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