Isaiah 35 is a stark contrast to chapter 34. Chapter 34 is about God’s judgment upon Israel for not trusting in Him. Verses 2-3 say it all, “The Lord is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will stink; the mountains will be soaked with their blood.” But then the very next chapter, everything just suddenly turns around. Isaiah 35:1-2 say, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 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.” Isaiah 34 is like Star Wars Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back, when the Empire destroys the rebellion. But then Isaiah 35 is just like Star Wars Episode 6, The Return of the Jedi.


Key Verse 33:17

“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.”

the king his beautyWilliam Shakespeare said “The eyes are the window to your soul”. What you see will influence your soul? What did the people in the times of Isaiah see? He described in Isaiah 9:2, “the land of deep darkness”. The period in which Isaiah lived was turbulent, oppressive and violent. He describes their souls as “walking in the darkness”.  Anyone tried walking in darkness? You certain stumble and fall. Isaiah could not do much for his people. All he could do was to help them look upward and see the king and his beauty. May God bless you to see the King and his beauty.

"Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress."
Isaiah 33:2

Isaiah33 2Think of the scariest moment went you have ever went through. When you felt your heart drop or sick to your stomach. I’ve had a few. One that comes to mind was when I was driving in pitch black through the smoking mountains. There were no signs and very few cars. My GPS kept on going in and out. I took a few wrong turns. I felt sick in the pit of my stomach. Imagine living like this every single day. Imagine multiplying the anxiety ten times as much. This is how Hezekiah and his people felt under the oppressive rule of King Sennacherib. Their anxiety intensifies as the Assyrian army lays siege over their city. At this time of great agony, Isaiah offers a prayer for God to be their salvation in times of trouble.