Archive for April 8th, 2013

Isaiah 4

Isaiah 4 begins with what might appear on the surface as a man’s paradise.  “Seven women shall take hold of one man in that day”.  But stop and ponder the challenge of caring for that many women, and their kids.  More importantly – consider the reason why Isaiah is prophesying this.  It is because most of the men will be dead, and there won’t be enough to go around.  That may seem like paradise in some ways, but it is a huge problem in many others.  Few men to do the work, protect the people, and care for families.  So before you get too excited, consider the reason.

We know things will be difficult because Isaiah tells us that these women are willing to “eat our own bread and wear our own clothes”.  This is the privilege a wife had in those days – to be provided food, clothing and shelter.  But it was going to be so difficult that they were willing to give up their ‘rights’ so they had a husband.  Their concern was to “let us be called by your name; take away our reproach”.  In that day there was reproach if you were unwed and childless, and they would rather give up the things that usually went with being a wife than live alone.

So while things are going to be difficult, Isaiah does give the promise of God.  He talks about those who are “the survivors of Israel”.  God is going to bless those who remain, and clean things up.  “The Lord shall have washed away the filth”.  God never forgets His purpose, which is to make us like Himself.  He is about getting rid of sin and cleansing the bloodstains of Jerusalem by “a spirit of judgment and a spirit of burning”.  God will sanctify us by getting rid of the dross in our lives.

But He also will “create….a cloud by day….and the shining of a flaming fire by night”.  God isn’t leaving the people alone to fend for themselves.  He is providing.  He is going to place His glory around them and over them and upon them.  God is going to be their God.  And He will provide.  Scripture tells us “shade by day….a refuge and a shelter from the storm”.  God will be God.  He will remain with them and provide for them.  He will be their covering “for over all the glory there will be a canopy”.  What an awesome God we serve.  Even in the midst of trials, He never leaves nor forsakes!

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