Sermon: Isaiah 35:1-11 – Walking and Waiting on the Way of Wisdom

Sermon from December 11, 2016 at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, MN.  

Text: Isaiah 35:1-11 (also referred to the Gospel lesson, from Matthew 11:2-11)

Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the dry land will be glad.  The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.  2It will blossom abundantly, and there will be great joy and singing.  Lebanon’s glory will be given to it, it will be excellent like Carmel and Sharon.  They will see the glory of the LORD, the majesty of our God. 

3Strengthen the weak hands, and make feeble knees firm.  4Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong.  Do not be afraid.  Look! Your God will come with vengeance, with God’s own retribution he will come and save you.” 

5Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be cleared.  6The lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy. 

Waters will flow in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.  7The burning sand will become a pool, and in the thirsty ground there will be springs of water.  Grass, reeds, and rushes will be in the haunts where the jackals once lay. 

8A highway will be there, a road, and it will be called The Holy Way.  The unclean will not walk there.  It will be for those who walk in that Way.  Wicked fools will not wander onto it.  9No lion will be there, nor will any ravenous animal go up on it. They will not be found there, but the redeemed will walk there. 

10Then those ransomed by the LORD will return, they will come singing to Zion, and everlasting joy will be on their heads.  They will obtain happiness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”


Matthew 11:2 While John was in prison, he heard about the things Christ was doing. He sent two of his disciples 3to ask him, “Are you the Coming One or should we wait for someone else?” 

4Jesus answered them, “Go, report to John what you hear and see: 5The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the gospel is preached to the poor. 6Blessed is the one who does not take offense at me.” 

7As these two were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the crowds about John. “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8What did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? No, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9So what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you! And he is much more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written, ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 11Amen I tell you: Among those born of women there has not appeared anyone greater than John the Baptist. Yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”


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