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Living Life

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  • October 2017
2017. 10. 11 | Blooms in the Wilderness (Isaiah 35:1~10)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

1 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,
2 it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.
3 Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there,
10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

 

Reflection

Hold on to Hope (35:1–4)

Sometimes, life feels as dry and hopeless as a barren desert. This is the case for the people of Israel, who have suffered defeat at the hands of their enemies and judgment at the hands of God. In this prophecy, Isaiah delivers a message of hope, using vivid imagery of a wilderness in bloom to remind God’s people that He is all they need to reverse and restore the most desperate situations. His coming will surely and radically alter their present reality. There is always a reason to hope when God is in the picture. Just as Israel could look forward to a future of peace and rejoicing, so can we. When our Savior returns in glory, our parched hearts will blossom with gladness and joy.

 

When you experience the bleakness of this world, what helps you overcome fear? What leads you into hopeful expectation? Incline your heart toward God, your glorious Deliverer.

 

No More Sorrow (35:5–10)

God gives Israel a preview of her future. The blind will see, the deaf will hear, and there will be growth instead of fruitlessness and safety instead of danger. Even greater than these prophecies is God’s promise that holiness will be established in Israel because the righteous and redeemed will walk in holiness. Though many of us have become accustomed to this sin-stained world, a day is coming when His people will enter Zion with singing. In that moment, sorrow and sighing will flee, and the people of God will be crowned with gladness and never-ending joy.

 

What aspect of our fallen world grieves you most? Remember that God desires blind eyes to be opened, the deaf to hear, and His people to experience everlasting joy.

 

A letter to God 

Victorious God, I thank You for the joy that is in my future. In a world that is cynical about happy endings, help me to keep believing in the certainty of mine. I cannot wait to behold the renewal of all things by Your hand. In Christ’s name. Amen.

 

 

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