Joyful Patience (Isaiah 35)

Date: 12/15/2019
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Type: Sunday Sermon
Topic: Patience
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Receive the Promise of Restoration (35:1-4).
Isaiah 35:1–10 - “ The wilderness and the desert will be glad, And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom; Like the crocus 2 It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the LORD, The majesty of our God. 3 Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. 4 Say to those with anxious heart, “Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you.”
Desert will blossom; Take Courage: He will save you
This passage is addressed to the people in exile in Babylon who were caught, like us, in the tension between here and longing for home in true/final Zion. The imagery is that, “The wilderness and the desert will be glad,” because the desert will become like the everglades. Spring flowers and the cedars of Lebanon will line the way of a new Exodus highway to Zion. Therefore, take courage and encourage others (vv 3-4)  in receiving this promise.

Rejoice in the Promise of Restoration (35:5-10)
5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah. 7 The scorched land will become a pool And the thirsty ground springs of water; In the haunt of jackals, its resting place, Grass becomes reeds and rushes. 8 A highway will be there, a roadway, And it will be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way, And fools will not wander on it. 9 No lion will be there, Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there. But the redeemed will walk there, 10 And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

Structure of New Covenant Fulfillment(s)
Stage One: New Covenant promises include a “restoration covenant” promising a return of Israel to the Land in forgiveness (Jer. 30-31, et al).
Stage Two: The New Covenant promises God “returning to Zion” (Is. 40:9) fulfilled in the  advent, ministry, and Cross-work of Messiah Jesus (e.g., Is. 53; Zech. 13ff).
Stage Three: The New Covenant promises new creation, the universal knowledge of the true God, salvation of the nations/gentiles, building of the new “temple” of God’s people, and peace in the world which is fulfilled to a great extent by the incremental “great commission” work of the Gospel/Church
Stage Four: The New Covenant promises a full consummation of the theme of new creation resurrection, forgiveness, and restoration in creation.

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more