As I shared previously, I love the various books of the prophets with God thundering his often dark and prophetic warnings of judgment, interspersed with and against the lightning backdrop flashes of future ecstasy, promise, and fulfillment.
Isaiah, writing approximately 700 years before the appearing of Christ; often referred to as the Messianic prophet, , is one ‘forth teller’ that I refer to in an earlier post, The Spirit is Pregnant with the Telling, in who is manifest ‘the spirit ‘eager’, in fact bursting, to tell forth God’s ultimate purpose and story.’ And as Messiah’s birth draws near, so seems the Spirit ever more eager to tell forth of the promised redemption, comfort, and deliverance
In chapter 35 Isaiah pens an almost ineffable, certainly magical, glimpse of God’s unfolding, spiritual reality in a beautiful passage* culminating in the following scripture:
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… the redeemed shall walk there.
When I consider this verse I’m simply blown-out-of-the-water spiritually. Truth, rather, is often depicted as a winding, difficult path, and in some cases, as a hidden, not easily found path, as if one needed all the luck and good fortune in the world to be able to find it.
But here God depicts, indeed ‘declares’ His way as a highway. Think of it, not a tiny little hard to see, or worst yet, hidden path, but a definite highway in our midst that we can set foot and walk upon and that’s really going to take us all the way to heaven.
At this point I envision just that, a highway that runs through field and pasture, hamlet, village, town, city, and country. And as I see the highway I see multitudes of people rising up out of their situations and embarking on this highway. And just like you would see an escalator lift people up and set them upon a higher floor, so the people in vision are carried up, not mechanically but gracefully, along this highway with nothing save the bright horizon of heaven to beckon them.
The reality is that this highway is there for us now; the way is opened up before us. We have but to walk in of our own volition. Come all ye wayfarers. Though perhaps deemed fools, we shall not err therein.
*(Please see Isaiah 35:1-10 to read the entire passage.)
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