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Spoke 13

Isaiah 35 - Habakkuk

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

Isaiah 35.5f

The Name of the Thirteenth Letter, (Mem), means Water. It manifests here on Cycle 2 of Spoke 13 with perfect precision - appearing twice in the verses cited above. The theme of Water also dominates the 35th Book, Habakkuk, as discussed in the Spoke 13 article As the Waters Cover the Sea.

There is also a beautiful KeyLink that reveals the deep interation of Habakkuk and Isaiah 35. Turning to the opening verses of Isaiah 35, we read:

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

Searching all seven versions for all verses that contain the phrase "the glory of the Lord" within a few verses of "Lebabon" yields exactly two passagesNote 1. One is Isaiah 35.2 just quoted. The other is Habakkuk 2.14:

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORDíS right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of menís blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

We have the KeyLink:

KeyLink: Lebanon and the Glory of the Lord
Isaiah 35chainHabakkuk

Consider the multiple lines of convergence. Both Isaiah 35 and Habakkuk are individually integrated with the meaning of the letter governing Spoke 13, and Isaiah 35 and Habakkuk are integrated with each other by a KeyLink that involves God's superlative use of the symbolic essence of the letter Mayim. Endless glory!

The supernatural unity of Isaiah 35 and Habakkuk also manifests in the distribution of the words blossom and joy. Searching the entire Bible for all passages containing blossom within one verse of joy yields exactly two hitsNote 2: The first is Isaiah 35.1:

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

The second is from Habakkuk 3.17f:

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

We have the KeyLink (I write it here using gnotation to help the reader get accustomed to this format):

keyKeyLink: Blossom, Joy
PIsaiah( 35 ) chain PBible( 35 )

Note that the themes are polar opposites - in Isaiah 35 there is joy because of the blossoming desert, whereas in Habakkuk there is joy in spite of the lack of blossoms. A similiar duality is seen in these following Inner Wheel KeyLinks.

Cell 13 and Cell 35 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah are connected by a KeyLink very similiar to "Lebanon and the Glory of the Lord". Searching for all verses in the KJV that contain the set (God, glory, excellency) yields but two verses.Note 3 First, there is Isaiah 13.19:

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Second, there is Isaiah 35.1:

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

This is where modnotation is very useful. Writing 35 = 132 (i.e. Spoke 13, Cycle 2), we represent this KeyLink as follows:

keyKeyLink: God, Glory, Excellency
PIsaiah( 131 ) chain PIsaiah( 132 )

Note that both passages speak of the glory and excellency of earthly powers, whereas only Isaiah 35 applies these terms to God. In like fashion, Isaiah 13 God causes the glory and excellency of these earthly powers to become a desert, whereas in Isaiah 35 He causes the desert to bloom. The contrast is striking. In Isaiah 13.19f we read:

And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

Note the wild animals and "dragons" used in Isaiah 13 to describe the desolate condition. Precisely the same language is used in Isaiah 35

And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

While the thematic correlation between these verses is very strong, I have not yet discovered if they are also linked by any KeyLinks. For example, searching the entire KJV for all verses that contain the set (dragons, houses or habitation) yields three verses, Isaiah 13, Isaiah 34, and Isaiah 35. This shows that the theme is almost constricted to Spoke 13 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah, but not absolutely. I would be greatly appreciative if the reader would notify me if a KeyLink is found here. In the mean while, we have this strong thematic link:

Thematic Link: The Habitation of Dragons: Imposed and Restored
PIsaiah( 131 ) chain PIsaiah( 132 )

1) The search must be modified to include "the glory of Jehovah" to find the KeyLink in the NASB.

2) As written, this KeyLink exists in the KJV, NKJV, and NRSV. I haven't had time to research its variations in the other versions.

3) This KeyLink manifests (as written) only in the KJV. I haven't had time yet to check if it manifests in the other six versions.




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