Summary of passage: The desert, parched land, and wilderness will burst into bloom, rejoice, and shout for joy. It will have the glory of Lebanon, Carmel, and Sharon and these places will see the glory of the Lord. Be strong and steady, encourage the fearful for God will come with vengeance and will save you. He will heal the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, the lame, and the mute. Water will flow through the desert and nourish the land.
9) The desert, parched land, and wilderness will burst into bloom, rejoice and shout for joy. Lebanon (the country), Carmel (hills), and Sharon (a plain on the Mediterranean coast of Palestine) will see the glory of God. These were all places known for their beauty so Isaiah is comparing these beautiful places to the coming of the Lord.
10) Pray them and explain the meaning: God’s promise to us when He comes.
11) Jesus repeats God’s promise, telling people he has come to bring God’s Salvation which would be accompanied by miraculous power.
12) Jesus came to bring this beautiful provision of spiritual miracles into our lives and healings. John 7:38-39 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. There is no reason for a Christian to endure a “dry time”, not when we have Jesus.
I’ve had times closer to God and further from God like most people but I don’t yet think I’ve endured anything in life to break me spiritually.
Conclusions: I love how Isaiah has lots of nuggets in here that we can use to pray and praying scripture is some of the best prayers around. “Be strong and do not fear…” How many times do I need that a day? And because of Jesus we shouldn’t ever be dry but I think sometimes the trials of life brings us so far away from God that we forget about Jesus and God so we end up as such. But, He is there, waiting for us to return, when we are ready. And He will heal us as He’s promised.