June 23, 2021 – Wednesday
Isaiah 35:4 NIV
4 Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, He will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution He will come to save you.”
Isaiah 35:4 NOG
4 Tell those who are terrified, “Be brave; don’t be afraid. Your Elohim will come with vengeance, with divine revenge. He will come and rescue you.”
This is God speaking though His prophet Isaiah with a particularly comforting message. Barnes’ Notes on the Bible tells us, This is still an address to the ministers of religion, to make use of all the consolations which these truths and predictions furnish to confirm and strengthen the people of God. In other words, this is a message for us today just as it was when Hezekiah was King of Judah. The next chapter of Isaiah concerns the fourteenth year of his rule, so we many consider this message to be during his thirteenth year of rule.
The prior verse has much the same message that is also for us, Strengthen limp hands. Steady weak knees. In fact the prior chapter provides a glimpse of God’s judgment that is coming, but this chapter is about God’s restoration, a time for joy, not a time for fear.
Some would say this does not apply to Christ and they are correct as it did not during Hezekiah’s reign. However, Gill’s Exposition of the Bible disagrees when he writes, Christ, who is God in our nature, God manifest in the flesh, and who came by the assumption of human nature; and when He first came, He came with vengeance, and took vengeance on Satan and His works; on him, and his principalities, and powers, whom He spoiled and destroyed, as well as made an end of sin and abolished death. There is much truth here even though we think of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross often times without realizing He defeated Satan when He rose on the third day after paying the ransom for all of our sins. Jesus, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, had brought salvation to all of mankind. He had defeated Satan with His personal sacrifice out of His love and His Father’s love for us. In doing so He fulfilled the prophecy of Genesis 3;15 when God addressed the serpent, And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.”
In conclusion the Pulpit Commentary states, The predominant thought of the prophet appears to have been Messianic, and hence the burst of glorious prophecy which follows – a burst of prophecy most inadequately expounded of the time of the return from the Captivity. And our release from slavery to sin as we begin to serve Jesus. We have so much to look forward to no matter what trials or tribulations we may face. We have no reason to fear as God is with us and will always be with us. He will take care of our enemies. The book of Revelation makes this very clear.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You that we can always depend upon You and always look forward to our home in heaven with You and Your Son, our Lord and Savior. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.