2000-03-13 - The Way Prepared
The Prophecies Fulfilled Series, Part 5
Isaiah 40:3-5, "A voice is calling, 'Clear the way for
the Lord in the wilderness' make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and
let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley;
then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.'"
Luke 3:3-6, "And he came into all the district around
the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins;
as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, 'The voice
of one calling out in the wilderness, Make ready the way of the Lord, make
His paths straight. Every ravine shall be filled up, and every mountain and
hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall become straight, and the
rough roads smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of
First we might inquire what is meant by the word wilderness. It is a term
that is really equal to the word desert, but it has a notion that might be
a little different that what we commonly think of as a desert. The wilderness
or desert in Hebrew usually was used in reference to a part of land that
was only useful for grazing. It would be a land destitute of wood, but worthwhile
Having lived for three years in the deserts of Arizona, I find the Hebrew
meaning exactly in keeping with my experience. The desert does have life,
and in the Spring and rain seasons the deserts come to life with flowers
the mind can barely imagine if they are not seen.
But the desert is also a desolate place. And the prophecy and fulfillment
speak of the desert being filled up with the glory of the Lord. These grim,
desolate places are filled with God's glory and as a result, in
comparison, everything else
is brought low, including the mountains. It is a wonderful
thought. When the glory of the Lord fills the desert, even the high places
are lower in stature than the desert.
Christ did not glorify Himself (Hebrews 5:5) but God
"Crowned Him with glory and honor."
(Hebrews 2:7) In at least several ways, we either reflect His glory in
the way we live our lives and in the faith we have, or we fail to reflect
His glory in those ways. Christians have the privilege and responsibility
of reflecting God's glory to a fallen world. We ought to be people who are
filled with His glory and radiate it just as the desert will. Let us strive
to live our lives in such a manner.
"As the light of the moon is swallowed up by the brightness of the sun, so
the shining achievements of men and women are swallowed up by the glory of
God." Janice Wise
Soli Deo Gloria,