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Saturday, February 20, 2010

2/20/10- Isa 35:5-10; Lk. 7:21-23

2/20 Isaiah 35:5-10

(Highway in Sinai desert)

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. 7 The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. 8 And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. 9 No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, 10 and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."  (Luke 7:21-23)

Thoughts: When you’re lost in the desert, finding a highway is a lifesaver- for it means someone will come along with water and help. It also means a way out- that you won’t be going in circles. God has come and provided a way out- a way of salvation- a way of hope. The ultimate healing is found on this way. Jesus quoted a similar verse from Isaiah as a sign to John’s disciples that he was the messiah. When God comes, there is healing in his wings.
Healing is not just physical. Tiger Woods had his very public confession of sin yesterday.  Reminding me of Mark Sanford's and it seems like an unending list.  There is a universal need to somehow get past and over our sin. No amount of public confession to the whole world will do it.  The world is pretty unforgiving and lacking grace.  Christ provides a way for healing and forgiveness. He has paid the penalty for our sins. By his wounds- his sacrifice we are healed.

Prayer: Thank you for a way, Lord. You are the way, the truth and the life, and I will follow in your path of holiness.

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