I pray that you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas Day!Eric Gardner
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you.Isaiah 35:3-4 ASV
`Vengeance’ today has a negative and unproductive ring about it; but vengeance and recompense belong together.
The world cannot be put to rights and the era of peace be brought in without both the banishment and punishment of the wicked, and also the blessing of the `ransomed of the Lord.’
Certainly, the admonition here for the strong to aid and strengthen the weak and fearful has an application to every age of God’s people, whether in the Old Testament or the New Testament.
New Testament admonitions on this subject are: 1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 6:1; Hebrews 5:12-14; and Romans 15:1. That these verses also had a direct application to the Jews of Isaiah’s day is certain; for they apply to every age of God’s people.
The big thing that is promised in this passage is, “Your God will come … and save you.” “This is nothing less than an announcement of the Incarnation!”
Efforts of some to apply these words in any manner whatever to the Jewish return from captivity were described by the same author as “most inadequate.”
Barnes denied that the words here have any other explanation than as a reference to the Father; but it was not “The Father,” but “The Son” who actually “visited” us from on high and brought redemption to fallen man.
Again, we point out that the great promise in Isaiah 35:4 is, “Behold, your God will come … and save you.” Very well, the people who heard that would wish to know, above everything else, WHEN will it happen? Isaiah 35:5 answers the question.
Look at the first word in Isaiah 35:5 and Isaiah 35:6. “THEN,” that is, when the “eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the death unstopped.”
“When? …. Then,” “When the lame man shall leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing!” And when?, pray tell, is that? It is, of course, in the times of the Messiah, for there is not a more Messianic message in the entire Bible than these two verses right here. Commentators of every shade of conviction are unanimous:
“Lowth declared that, “The miraculous works wrought by our blessed Saviour are so clearly specified here (Isaiah 35:5,6) that we cannot avoid making the application.
And our Saviour himself has moreover plainly referred to this passage as speaking of him and his works in Matthew 11:4,5″.
This passage is so accurate a description of what the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ did, that it doubtless refers to the miracles which he would perform.”