The message of this chapter stands in close relation to the message of the preceding one, and yet in almost startling contrast to it. That was a picture of desolation. This is one of restoration. As in the former the whole earth was described as having been brought into confusion and emptiness, this great song opens with a description of the restoration of natural order. In all the beauty and glory of His rule men are to see anew "the glory of Jehovah, the excellency of God." This is to be brought about by the coming of God. It is a message of hope to the weak and the feeble. It is the explanation of the fearful vengeance described in the previous chapter. Through that vengeance God moves to this victory.
The glorious issues of the divine activity are then declared, as they will be realized by His own chosen people. There will be an end of all the spiritual dullness of which the prophet has so consistently reminded them. All material defense will be removed, and a highway will be constructed. Finally the ransomed of the Lord will return, and sorrow and sighing will pass away. According to the whole teaching of the Old Testament concerning the purposes of God, this earthly restoration of His people will issue in world-wide blessing.
the First Week of Advent