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Isaiah Sees

A Runner, a Road, and a Champion


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Isaiah Sees : A Runner, a Road, and a Champion

Another one of the things that Isaiah saw ahead of time was a special road. He talked about it several times. But, it’s even better than that. Listen to this…

Isaiah said, “A flat highway will be there, a road, and it will be called the Road of Holiness, of Otherness. The dirty-hearted won’t get to travel on it, And the silly-hearted won’t get to wander down it. No lions or predators will be on this road. It’ll be safe. It will be a road for those shining survivors, the ones God has bought back will come into God’s City with shouts of joy. Sorrow and tears and sighing will go away forever.”

The time for war is over.

A voice will shout in the wilderness, “Clear a road for God! Build a flat, level road. Royalty’s coming!”

Did you know?

Did you know that way back a long time ago people didn’t have phones to call someone or send messages? Do you want to know how they would send important messages? Through people — runners! That’s what this guy shouting “Clear the road for Royalty!” is doing out in the middle of nowhere. He’s a message-sender, a runner! When something important was about to happen or when someone important was going to visit a town, a runner would run, run, run ahead to tell the news ahead of time so that everyone could get ready. He’d come into town and shout, “The King is coming! He’s coming to your town! Get Ready!“ So this is a puzzle piece. God’s letting them know that He’s coming and He’ll send a runner ahead of Him to get the road ready. (Now, let’s look back and hear what that runner will have to say!)

“Clear a road for God! Build a flat, level road for Royalty. Every valley must be lifted up, up, up, and every mountain flat, flat, flattened. Rough bumpy ground will become wide and all over smoooooth, smoooooth. Then all the people, together, will see it — the glory of the Lord will be Shown. Ta-daaa!”

A voice says, “Shout!”

Another asks, “What should I shout?”

All people are like grass, and all their promises are like flowers. Grass and flowers dry and wilt when God’s wind blows on them. God is the only one forever dependable.

So go up on a high mountain, you shouters-for-Zion. Shout, loudly! Shout, don’t be afraid! Say, “God is here!”

Look, look, look! Coming down the road, the Lord comes as a victorious champion!

Look, look, look! His reward is with Him, and goes in front of Him!

Like a shepherd He takes care of His flock. He gathers up His lambs in His arms, He carries them close to His heart, He gently leads the mother and her baby lambs along.

Who has measured out the seas with his cupped hand, or carefully measured the sky, or carefully weighed the soil of the earth, or weighed the mountains on scales?

Who understands the mind of God, or gives Him instructions? Who teaches God the correct way to do things? Who teaches God how things work? (The answer to that is no one.)

Oh, don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? He’s the one who sits on the edge of the sky. He’s the one who stretches out the sky like a tent.

Look, look! Look up at the sky! Who created all those heavenly lights? He did! He leads out the stars, He calls them all by name. His absolute power and awesome strength guarantee that not one of the stars is missing.

Oh, don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? There’s no beginning and no end to God! The Creator of the whole earth. He doesn’t get tired and there’s no limit to His wisdom.

He gives strength and a recharge of energy to those who are tired. Young people still get tired; Strong young men still stumble and trip.

But those who wait for the Lord’s help find a new strength; they rise up to fly as if they had eagles’ wings, they run, run, run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.