Chapter 35 is a continuation of what went in the preceding chapter. The Lord makes desolations of the old order. In the chapter 10 we read of the decrees that were imposed from above which in practice were “To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!where the nobles lorded over people and they denied them justice(10:2)”. It was described as the controversy of Zion. So the prophet’s burden concerning Judah and Jerusalem predicts the day of the Lord’s vengeance(v.8) which as with prophecies are in God’s Time and universal. So a day in the parlance of the Spirit has to bring the divine Will of the Father and the Son together and the year of recompences is decreed from heaven which does two things: creates a highway for Zion and secondly a dwelling place for the for the wicked and ungodly. It is a place of desolation where all that glory the nobles in the old order had carried has come to nought. The prophet describes the domain as though God has stretched a line of confusion. Compare to this what the Psalmist testifies: “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage(Ps,16:6)”. Line of confusion colorfully characterizes what sin does. A face of innocence after a lifetime of excesses is not the same. Sin makes a caricature of all the promises the person had in him. Similarly when God has consigned a place for the nobles their palaces make no fit dwelling for human since it is made up by the stones of emptiness. It is only fit company for wild creatures. “But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it:been thrown and shall gather dust. “They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing” .
The prophet concludes with warning as well as for consolation: Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail…. And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.
For those who hearken to the word of God and abide in them the highway to Zion shall take them to goodly places. It is the heritage of those who fear God and do good. “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(34:8). The lame shall take the prey and those who were dumped in the old order as fools shall find their to Zion without any confusion.”But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;(1 Co.1:27)
Fools, lame and the blind have been redeemed and their weakness no more called to remembrance.”and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it;(v.8)
This is the highway to Zion and we are all wayfarers after being redeemed of the Lord we need not look here and there but it is set before a highway a path to holiness.
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose(v.1).
2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 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.
9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: