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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 35

 

 

Verses 1-10

Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

Isaiah 35:2 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.

Isaiah 35:2"the excellency of Carmel and Sharon" - Illustration- On a visit the Rocky Mountains in August 1888, I saw God's handiwork in much of its glory.

Isaiah 35:2 Scripture References- Note:

Psalm 150:6, "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."

Revelation 5:13, "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

Isaiah 35:3Comments- Isaiah 35:3 describes the weary ( Isaiah 40:31).

Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Isaiah 35:4 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.

Isaiah 35:4"Say to them that are of a fearful heart" - Comments- Those that are anxious.

Isaiah 35:4"he will come and save you" - Comments- Jesus is coming.

Isaiah 35:7 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.

Isaiah 35:7"the habitation of dragons" - Comments- Or, "the haunts of jackals."

Isaiah 35:8 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.

Isaiah 35:9 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:

Isaiah 35:10 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.

Isaiah 35:1-10Comments - Three Phases of Ministry- In his book Journey Into the Miraculous Todd Bentley describes Isaiah 35:1-10 as a passage of Scripture which laid out three phases of his early ministry.

Phase 1 - As he began to wait upon the Lord and experience His presence, he learned how to walk continually in the presence of the Lord; for it was in these solitary places that He learned how to position himself to receive the presence of God on a daily basis. This is spoken of symbolically in Isaiah 35:1-4.

Phase 2 - Soon healings began to manifest in his ministry and he learned how to believe God and walk in the gifts of healings. This is described in Isaiah 35:5-7.

Phase 3 - Finally, he felt an unction to preach on fiery messages on repentance and living a life of holiness. Those who repented came rejoicing in their new-found desire for the Lord. This is spoken of in Isaiah 35:8-10. Todd Bentley says that in these three phases of learning the ways of the Lord, he was taught five main lessons: intimacy, prophecy, healing, evangelism and repentance. 51]

51] Todd Bentley, Journey Into the Miraculous (Victoria, BC, Canada: Hemlock Printers, Ltd, 2003), 120-1.

This pattern of ministry is also seen in revivalists such as Steve Hill, who was a part of the great Pensacola revival in the 1990's. As Steve's passion for God grew, the Spirit of God began to manifest in his meetings and the miraculous took place. He preached sermons on repentance and holiness on a regular basis during such revivals. This resulted in many souls being touched by God, refreshed by the Holy Spirit and living a life of holiness and joy in serving the Lord. We see this pattern in the life and ministry of Charles Finney and others as well.

 


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Bibliography Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 35:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-35.html. 2013.

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Monday, October 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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