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by Wayne Blank
"the parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water"
The Hebrew word pronounced shaw-rawb literally means glare, or quivering glow, but is used to refer to a mirage of water in a hot, dry desert. The Hebrew word is found twice in the Holy Scriptures, in the King James translated once as "parched ground" and once as "heat," both of which are appropriate, and dual in meaning, because they are used in prophecies in which The Lord will rescue people not merely from the religious wilderness that they are in, but also from the religious illusions that have attracted them to be out in that wilderness for so long (see Living Waters).
The first is found in Isaiah 35:7 where the Hebrew word meaning a mirage is translated as "parched ground," as in "the parched ground shall become a pool" quoted below.
"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 found in Isaiah 49:10 where the Hebrew word meaning a mirage is translated in the King James as "heat," as in "neither shall the heat nor sun smite them" quoted below.
"Thus saith The Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places."
Fact Finder: In what different ways is The Lord going to gather His people?