Vs. 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.” Isaiah would remind us that while God’s judgment was upon the earth, He also has plans of salvation! God would/will restore His people…both from Babylon back in captivity as well as the restored earth during the 1000 year reign of Christ. The mention of Lebanon, Carmel and Sharon are important because they represent the beauty of God’s creation restored! The highway example (vs. 8) shows us the safety that God will provide. Back then, any type of highway was dangerous with animals and bandits.
Regarding application…Blind Will See. Vs. 5, “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” Question: When will this happen? When Immanuel comes! There are still so many people who walk in darkness (Isaiah 2:9). Imagine for a moment if you were blind. Perhaps you may have been born blind or became blind due to a disease or accident. Yikes, I would rather be mute, deaf, or an arm or leg amputated before I would want to be blind. Yet, there is something worse than physical blindness; Spiritual blindness. Question: Are you blind? Do you have friends who are blind? This passion week, we remember the one who came to help the blind see. Let’s ensure we are reaching out to a people who are blind and bring them into the Light of Christ!