Scripture Reference: Isaiah 42:10-17
This prophecy gives us a glimpse of the contrast between the old man and the new. It is a promise that darkness will be turned into light before us.
Before redemption, we are blind to the grace of God and how much we need it. We are blind because the god of this world keeps mankind in darkness as to the true condition of his soul and that is the way it remains until the Light of God penetrates that darkness (see Ephesians 4:18). Thereafter, says Jesus, we will never have to walk in darkness again.
Prior to the dawn of this light, however, we are like the person who stumbles without knowing what made him stumble. This means we are unable to avoid the same stumbling block the next time around and so we repeat the downward spiral of thinking we’re going somewhere when in fact we are going nowhere. Our progress is consistently hampered by stumbling blocks. The worst part is that we don’t even recognize this and all the while we think we are going forward in life.
The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble. (Proverbs 4:18-19)
In this part of Isaiah God promises that He will lead the blind along a way they have not known. He will Himself lead them. He will turn their darkness into light. What is crooked He will make straight. He will never forsake them. These words in Proverbs confirm the promise in Isaiah:
I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble. (Proverbs 4:11-12)
Now, we know that Jesus is both the Way and He is the Light. And He is the Good Shepherd that leads His flock and lays down His life for them. It is quite clear that this is a reference to Christ Jesus, the promised Messiah. Not only did He physically open the blind eyes, He opened the spiritually blind eyes too. This is an awesome promise.
Let’s look at it like this: He says He will bring the blind on this way. Now, He is the One carrying us to the Way. He is the Way. He leads the Way. He turns the darkness into light. He is the Light. We are thus covered from all possible angles by Jesus Himself and He crowns this promise with the comforting words that it will not be a temporary arrangement. He will never forsake those He brings on this Way.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)
- All Israel Will Be Saved, Romans 11 (whatshotn.wordpress.com)
- The Things that God has Prepared for those that Love Him (idkh.org)