What does that mean, God will make the ‘crooked places‘ straight? What are ‘crooked places? What does ‘straight’ mean?
If you want to see what a possible meaning of ‘ I will go before you to make the crooked places straight…come investigate and see if we can maybe understand the meaning better.
To begin, ‘crooked’ means to ‘conceal.’ What do you think Isaiah thought ‘was being ’concealed’ from us?
Crooked also means, ‘not clear to the understanding.’ What did Isaiah think was not clear to our understanding? Lets just keep going….
The word ‘crooked,‘ means, ‘fraudulent,’ and ‘fraudulent‘ is to ‘deceive.’ So now it looks like Isaiah thinks something is deceiving us. Do you know what’s ‘deceiving’ you? You should know. Don’t you think? If you don’t know, then you will stay ‘deceived.’
So… lets keep using it and see if we can find out.
Okay, deceive is to ‘mislead by a false appearances.’
Since ‘false’ means to ‘delude’ which means to ‘mislead the mind,’ and ‘mislead’ means in the ‘wrong direction.
Then did Isaiah mean that the ‘appearances, all the things we see …do mislead our minds in the wrong direction? In the direction of the outer world of false appearances, and not into the direction of the inner world that Jesus told us was the place to find God? And we know this because Jesus said,
As for man whose breath is in his nostrils and believes he is from his mothers womb, and believes he is composed of flesh and blood, has a very hard time understanding what Isaiah meant when he said,
About 700 years after Isaiah Jesus himself told us about the those things that ‘deceive‘ us…. when he said,
And what did Paul mean when he said,
Did Paul too understand that the false appearances were nothing real…but only seemed real? And the appearance WERE deceiving us into believing they are real? What else could it mean?
It seems Paul was not deceived because he said, “Things that are seen (man)are temporal. Then Paul said, ‘Look at the things that are NOT seen for they are eternal.’ Eternal is, without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing (opposed to temporal )
So maybe that is why Paul told us “Look NOT at the things…the false appearances…. which are seen, but at the things which are NOT seen… Because
We end with the word ‘straight’ …which means,
‘keeping with the facts.’
Facts are truths.
And when you know the truth…you will no longer be DECEIVED…by false appearances of the world.
Well it is something to think about, because how else does it make any sense?