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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:50 PM

MARCHING UP THE KING'S HIGHWAY -- AUG. 31, 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:50 PM
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:50 PM

Isaiah 35:8-10

The prophet speaks of what will be in contrast to what is. Exile and difficulty may be the current reality but another reality is certain and it is a reality filled with hope.

A highway--not a path nor a road--is the metaphor used to describe what will be. The highway is what makes room for many. It is a broad way that leads to a particular place of an expected blessing when one arrives.

Already the prophet is speaking words of hope that engages those who hear them to anticipate even more what God will make possible. However, the highway comes with conditions and restrictions. It is reserved for the holy, those who have been set apart for God by God. It is a restrictive passage that requires something of the traveler. But at the same time God guides and keeps those who travel it so that not even a fool is lost.

The highway is free from danger of the things or people that could threaten the traveler. The safety and security of the highway make singing possible and the travelers are filled with joy. This is what will be, says the prophet, and it will come to pass not by our efforts but because of a way that God will make. How God will do it, the prophet does not tell the community. He only tells them that God will do it. The Lord will make a way somehow.

I do not know how long the pandemic will cause us to re-order our lives in ways that are strange. I miss public worship. I miss the sights, sounds and surroundings of a community in worship. Virtual worship has been different and doing ministry in a pandemic is a challenge.

But I know this--there is a highway called the holy way. The unclean shall not travel on it but it shall be for God’s people. Let us keep marching up the king’s highway.

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