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Day 8: Valleys and mountains
by From the Pastor's Desk on April 18th, 2013

Day 8: Valleys and mountains


Luke 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways, 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” 

Isaiah 40:3 A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. 5  And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” 

The bible clearly identifies John the Baptist as the prophet who preceded Christ. He was a forerunner who is the personification of “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” When dignitaries in the last century or two made an entrance, it is customary to roll out the red carpet. This shows honor to the dignitary by giving them something elegant to walk on. In the ancient times, however, the custom was different, but within the same spirit of mind.

We see this concept in Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem or what we know today as Palm Sunday. The people honored Him by putting things into His path so that He and the animal He was riding would not have to walk on the land. They used palm branches and in some cases they used their own clothes.

When a king was coming into town it was proper for someone to go ahead of the king and announce His coming. In other words the forerunner was saying “Make way for the King” or “Get out of the kings way.” Then there would be people after him that would clean up any debris to make the King’s trip as smooth as possible. No inconvenience. No stopping. Just smooth sailing.

However, in this particular prophesy from Isaiah 40:3, it says something peculiar. “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low: the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.” This refers again to leveling, but in this case it is talking about the whole country. In the case of a normal king, the workers could probably fill a ditch or smooth out a mound of dirt, but they were not going to level a mountain and fill a valley. Our God leaves such an enormous impact that it will affect the entire country. He is no ordinary king. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Make way for the King.


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