Voice In The Wilderness : Isaiah 40:3-5                                                        

Voice In The Wilderness

3)The voice[1] of him that crieth[2] in the wilderness[3], Prepare[4] ye the way[5] of the Lord, make straight[6] in the desert[7] a highway[8] for our God[9]. 4) Every valley[10] shall be exalted[11], and every mountain[12] and hill shall be made low[13]: and the crooked[14] shall be made straight[15], and the rough places[16] plain[17]. 5) And the glory[18] of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh[19] shall see[20] it together[21]: for the mouth[22] of the Lord hath spoken[23] it.” - Isaiah 40:3-5 KJV

Isaiah 40:3-5 THV Version

3) The Healing Voice, the unexpected experience and sound of a sudden, bold and well arranged address calling you out, guiding you, directing you from chaos to order, saying, “Pay attention! Stop being distracted. Live on the path of and to The Great “I AM”, the Sculptor and Foundation of your true self! Journey on therein! Make it the Way of your life. Become well acquainted and one with the Sacred Way! Straighten, level, and even out a high-way in the sterile, barren, uninspired, and unproductive environment of your life, your spiritual growth- the way you think and your mode of living, so the Life-Changing Nourishing-Farmer can fertilize and cultivate the true seed of Self in you leading to fulfilling creative expression based in rich emotional and cosmic intelligence.

4) Every low place of the desert within you, uncertain and holding the sense of powerlessness will be brought up, encouraged, and made level. The high places of the desert in you, arrogance and pride, will be brought down, humbled, and balanced. The crooked, deceitful, polluted, and fraudulent places within you will be brought to harmony and correct rhythm, esteemed, pleasant, and prosperous. The bound up places, rough and rugged around the edges, will be made open, smooth and free.

5) In this way, the magnificently splendid heart and soul of The Great “I AM” is revealed, made plain and obvious! All the wild parts of you will come together in the experience of Sacred Unity. The voice of The Creative “I AM”, the Life-Giving, inspiring Breath of Life, the Word arranges this, causing barren existence to become full of life.

Commentary

We have all convinced ourselves that we are ok. We delude ourselves and so the continual message found in the ancient spirituality of the Hebrews is to wake up, get real and notice what is truly going on! The barren desert of a person’s life is sterile, uninspired, and unproductive as it relates to spiritual growth- the way one thinks, the mode of one’s life, fulfilling creative expression, and rich emotional intelligence.

The “highway” is a construction that allows one to get from one place to another quickly, without blockages in the flow of travel. Metaphorically to build a highway in your life is to clear a path, remove distractions, including your ego in order to be transformed. It is getting serious about the hope of being able to reach new places in less time and even reaching distances that you didn’t realize you could or needed to.

See “Wait Upon the Lord: Isaiah 40:28-31”. It’s discussion of “soaring on wings like eagles” carries the same sentiment of out-growing the issues of our personal, inner and outer world that hold us back from our true self and greatest expression.


[1] H6963 qôwl, kole; or קֹל qôl; from an unused root meaning to call aloud; a voice or sound:—+ aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (+ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, + hold peace, (pro-) claim, proclamation, + sing, sound, + spark, thunder(-ing), voice, + yell.

[2] H7121 ârâʼ, kaw-raw'; a primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications):—bewray (self), that are bidden, call (for, forth, self, upon), cry (unto), (be) famous, guest, invite, mention, (give) name, preach, (make) proclaim(-ation), pronounce, publish, read, renowned, say.

H7122 qârâʼ, kaw-raw'; a primitive root; to encounter, whether accidentally or in a hostile manner:—befall, (by) chance, (cause to) come (upon), fall out, happen, meet.

[3] H4057 midbâr, mid-bawr'; from H1696 in the sense of driving; a pasture (i.e. open field, whither cattle are driven); by implication, a desert; also speech (including its organs):—desert, south, speech, wilderness. An uninhabited plain country, fit for feeding flocks, not desert, a pasture. Poetically, the instrument of speech.

H1696 dâbar, daw-bar'; a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue:—answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use (entreaties), utter, × well, × work. Setting in a row, ranging in order; to lead, to guide, specially to lead flocks or herds to pasture, to rule, to direct a people, to lead, to bring into order; to speak properly, to put words in order.

[4] H6437 pânâh, paw-naw'; a primitive root; to turn; by implication, to face, i.e. appear, look, etc.:—appear, at (even-) tide, behold, cast out, come on, × corner, dawning, empty, go away, lie, look, mark, pass away, prepare, regard, (have) respect (to), (re-) turn (aside, away, back, face, self), × right (early). To remove, take out of the way; to clear from things in confusion, from things in the way, to put a house in order; to clear away, i.e. to prepare it,

[5] H1870 derek, deh'-rek; from H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively, a course of life or mode of action, often adverb:—along, away, because of, by, conversation, custom, (east-) ward, journey, manner, passenger, through, toward, (high-) (path-) way(-side), whither(-soever). The action of going, walking, a going, hence a journey; a way of living or acting.

H1869 dârak, daw-rak'; a primitive root; to tread; by implication, to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending):—archer, bend, come, draw, go (over), guide, lead (forth), thresh, tread (down), walk.

[6] H3474 yâshar, yaw-shar'; a primitive root; to be straight or even; figuratively, to be (causatively, to make) right, pleasant, prosperous:—direct, fit, seem good (meet), please (will), be (esteem, go) right (on), bring (look, make, take the) straight (way), be upright(-ly); level

[7] H6160 ʻărâbâh, ar-aw-baw'; from H6150 (in the sense of sterility); a desert; especially (with the article prefix) the (generally) sterile valley of the Jordan and its continuation to the Red Sea:—Arabah, champaign, desert, evening, heaven, plain, wilderness.

H6150 ʻârab, aw-rab'; a primitive root (rather identical with H6148 through the idea of covering with a texture); to grow dusky at sundown:—be darkened, (toward) evening.

[8] H4546 mᵉçillâh, mes-il-law'; from H5549; a thoroughfare (as turnpiked), literally or figuratively; specifically a viaduct, a staircase:—causeway, course, highway, path, terrace. A way cast up, embanked, highway; hence a public way. Applied to course of life.

H5549 çâlal, saw-lal'; a primitive root; to mound up (especially a turnpike); figurative, to exalt; reflexively, to oppose (as by a dam):—cast up, exalt (self), extol, make plain, raise up. To lift up, to elevate, to gather, or cast up (into a heap). Specially, to make a level way by casting up a bank, to embank; from the notion of being elevated, lofty.

[9] H430 ʼĕlôhîym, el-o-heem'; plural of H433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:—angels, × exceeding, God (gods) (-dess, -ly), × (very) great, judges, × mighty.

H433 ĕlôwahh, el-o'-ah; rarely (shortened) אֱלֹהַּ ʼĕlôahh; probably prolonged (emphatic) from H410; a deity or the Deity:—God, god.

H410 êl, ale; strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):—God (god), × goodly, × great, idol, might(-y one), power, strong. Compare names in '-el.' Strong, mighty, a mighty one, a hero; might, strength

[10] H1516 gayʼ, gah'-ee; or (shortened) גַּי gay; probably (by transmutation) from the same root as H1466 (abbreviated); a gorge (from its lofty sides; hence, narrow, but not a gully or winter-torrent):—valley. Flat, low region

H1466 gêvâh, gay-vaw'; exaltation; (figuratively) arrogance:—lifting up, pride.

H1465 gêvâh, gay-vaw'; feminine of H1460; the back, i.e. (by extension) the person:—body.

H1460 gêv, gave; from H1342; the back; by analogy, the middle:— among, back, body.

H1342 gâʼâh, gaw-aw'; a primitive root; to mount up; hence, in general, to rise, (figuratively) be majestic:—gloriously, grow up, increase, be risen, triumph.

[11] H5375 nâsâʼ, naw-saw'; or נָסָה nâçâh; (Psalm 4:6 [7]), a primitive root; to lift, in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, absolute and relative:—accept, advance, arise, (able to, (armor), suffer to) bear(-er, up), bring (forth), burn, carry (away), cast, contain, desire, ease, exact, exalt (self), extol, fetch, forgive, furnish, further, give, go on, help, high, hold up, honorable ( man), lade, lay, lift (self) up, lofty, marry, magnify, × needs, obtain, pardon, raise (up), receive, regard, respect, set (up), spare, stir up, swear, take (away, up), × utterly, wear, yield.

[12] H2022 har, har; a mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively):—hill (country), mount(-ain), × promotion.

[13] H8213 shâphêl, shaw-fale'; a primitive root; to depress or sink (especially figuratively, to humiliate, intransitive or transitive):—abase, bring (cast, put) down, debase, humble (self), be (bring, lay, make, put) low(-er).

[14] H6121 ʻâqôb, aw-kobe'; from H6117; in the original sense, a knoll (as swelling up); in the denominative sense (transitive) fraudulent or (intransitive) tracked:—crooked, deceitful, polluted.

H6117 ʻâqab, aw-kab'; a primitive root; properly, to swell out or up; to seize by the heel; figuratively, to circumvent (as if tripping up the heels); also to restrain (as if holding by the heel):—take by the heel, stay, supplant, × utterly. To come from behind.

[15] H4334 mîyshôwr, mee-shore'; or מִישֹׁר mîyshôr; from H3474; a level, i.e. a plain (often used (with the article prefix) as a proper name of certain districts); figuratively, concord; also straightness, i.e. (figuratively) justice (sometimes adverbially, justly):—equity, even place, plain, right(-eously), (made) straight, uprightness.

[16] H7406 ekeç, reh'-kes; from H7405; a mountain ridge (as of tied summits):—rough place. Bound up places, rough, rugged, difficult to pass; to be hard, calamitous; adverse circumstances.

H7405 râkaç, raw-kas'; a primitive root; to tie:—bind. Like cattle in a stall.

[17] H1237 biqʻâh, bik-aw'; from H1234; properly, a split, i.e. a wide level valley between mountains:—plain, valley. Widely extended plain country.

H1234 bâqaʻ, baw-kah'; a primitive root; to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open:—make a breach, break forth (into, out, in pieces, through, up), be ready to burst, cleave (asunder), cut out, divide, hatch, rend (asunder), rip up, tear, win.

[18] H3519 kâbôwd, kaw-bode'; rarely כָּבֹד kâbôd; from H3513; properly, weight, but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness:—glorious(-ly), glory, honour(-able). Majesty, spendor; poetically, the heart, the soul as being the more noble part of man (the liver); magnificent, splendid,  

[19] H1320 bâsâr, baw-sawr'; from H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man:—body, (fat, lean) flesh(-ed), kin, (man-) kind, nakedness, self, skin; metaphorically, the human race

H1319 bâsar, baw-sar'; a primitive root; properly, to be fresh, i.e. full (rosy, figuratively cheerful); to announce (glad news):—messenger, preach, publish, shew forth, (bear, bring, carry, preach, good, tell good) tidings. To be joyful, cheerful, especially in receiving glad tidings; beauty that comes with joy and cheerfulness; to make anyone joyful with glad tidings; to announce tidings; to receive glad tidings.

[20] H7200 râʼâh, raw-aw'; a primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative):—advise self, appear, approve, behold, × certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, × indeed, × joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, × be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see(-r, -m, one another), shew (self), × sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, × surely, × think, view, visions.

[21] H3162 yachad, yakh'-ad; from H3161; properly, a unit, i.e. (adverb) unitedly:—alike, at all (once), both, likewise, only, (al-) together, withal; union, junction; at once, wholly, all together at once; mutually, with one another.

H3161 yâchad, yaw-khad'; a primitive root; to be (or become) one:—join, unite; to be joined, united together, to join oneself; to unite, to join together

[22] H6310 peh, peh; from H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literal or figurative (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to:—accord(-ing as, -ing to), after, appointment, assent, collar, command(-ment), × eat, edge, end, entry, file, hole, × in, mind, mouth, part, portion, × (should) say(-ing), sentence, skirt, sound, speech, × spoken, talk, tenor, × to, two-edged, wish, word; has the sense of blowing breathing.

H6284 pâʼâh, paw-aw'; a primitive root; to puff, i.e. blow away:—scatter into corners; to blow which is onomatopoetic and imitate the sound of blowing.

[23] H1696 dâbar, daw-bar'; a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak; rarely (in a destructive sense) to subdue:—answer, appoint, bid, command, commune, declare, destroy, give, name, promise, pronounce, rehearse, say, speak, be spokesman, subdue, talk, teach, tell, think, use (entreaties), utter, × well, × work. Setting in a row, ranging in order; to lead, to guide, specially to lead flocks or herds to pasture, to rule, to direct a people, to lead, to bring into order; to speak properly, to put words in order.